Fleet Forward Conference Emcee & Host
Fleet Forward Conference Emcee & Session Moderator
Kevin Aries leads Global Product Success for Verizon Connect, helping build software solutions that optimize the way people, vehicles and things move through the world. Working predominantly with field service businesses, Kevin spends his time understanding the problems and solutions of the service industry to improve customer experience. Outside of field service, Kevin's background has enabled him to help small businesses communicate, share digital information and increase productivity through various mobile technology platforms and solutions.
Greg Basich is the Associate Director with Strategy Analytics’ Automotive Infotainment & Telematics service and the company’s Automotive Connected Mobility service. He has been with Strategy Analytics for more than 5 years after a previous 13-year career as a business-to-business automotive journalist. At Strategy Analytics, Greg focuses on a number of topics, including connected car technologies and business models, automotive infotainment, mobility services, and automotive cyber security.
As Director of Product Management, Dan leads the product strategy, roadmaps and feature definitions for Wheels. Leveraging his 10+ years of experience in fleet and product management, Dan has collaborated with IT, operations, sales, account management and marketing to define and deliver solutions. As a thought leader in risk management / safety, technology and mobility, Dan has led the development of solutions that have differentiated us in the marketplace and delivered unique value to the Wheels’ customer base.
Mike is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Geotab and leads the charge for developing solutions that enable insight from the over 2 billion telematics records that Geotab processes on a daily basis. Mike joined the Geotab team in 2016, and prior to that was the CEO of Inovex Inc. -- a software development company he founded in 2003 with expertise in the healthcare and energy sectors. In 2013, Inovex spun off a brand new entity and its first SaaS product (Maps BI) -- a platform for stunning dashboards and data visualization with a focus on geo-spatial data. Maps BI was integrated within Geotab's telematics platform as a key Marketplace partner and was later acquired by Geotab in 2016. Mike continues to be actively engaged in the community, as past president of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association, serving on the board of Hillfield Strathallan College, and past chair of the board for Streetwise Actors theatre program for students. He has received numerous honors including the University of Toronto Arbor Award and Early Career Award, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Award, Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal, and winning the Oakville Innovation Award and Cloud Innovation World Cup for Maps BI.
Karl Brauer serves as executive publisher for Cox Automotive, overseeing content strategy at Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Prior to his tenure with Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, Brauer was the editor in chief and chief executive officer of Total Car Score, a new-car research site. Before joining Total Car Score, he was the editor in chief of Edmunds.com for more than a decade after stints at Hot Rod and Super Street magazines. As a veteran industry analyst, Brauer has been interviewed by, or appeared on, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Reuters, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, ABC World News, Fox News, Fox Business and more.
As CIO, Buckland manages all aspects of LeasePlan USA’s information technology (IT) functions and ensures delivery of all IT services to support the business requirements of internal users and customers. In addition to overseeing technology activities in the United States, Buckland leads additional regions, including Brazil, Canada, India and Mexico.
Bill Combs is Director of Connected Fleet for Penske Truck Leasing. In this role, he has oversight of the company’s connected vehicle strategies and forward-looking technology programs. This includes connected, electric and autonomous vehicle strategies and programs for Penske Truck Leasing, including fleet telematics, connected vehicle data integrations, regulatory initiatives, product development and vehicle deployment. Before being named to the newly created position in 2014, Combs served as Marketing Growth Manager where he worked on the marketing strategy and execution for the company’s truck rental product line. He joined Penske in 2011 after spending several years as Producer & Marketing Director of Launch Dynamic Media. Combs was previously Regional Sales Manager for Prysmian Cables, a global manufacturer of electrical and data products. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Alvernia University in Pennsylvania and an associates’ degree in culinary arts from Baltimore International College.
Ryan Daley is the Founder and CEO of Sawatch Labs. He is a versatile, experienced analyst and project manager skilled at utilizing big data to design and implement analytics and business intelligence tools and behavior change campaigns. Ryan has been working on the deployment of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies for more than 10 years, with stints in both the public and private sectors. He brings extensive, unique experience and domain knowledge in the application of analytics and business intelligence to improve new technology deployment, driver behavior, and regulatory compliance. Ryan's experience includes providing electric vehicle suitability assessments for state and local government fleets, such as the City of Boulder (CO), City of San Diego (CA), City of Columbus (OH), City of Charlotte (NC), Town of Natick (MA), the State of Colorado, and the State of Utah. Prior to founding Sawatch Labs, Mr. Daley managed the Sustainable Federal Fleets program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Mr. Daley received his M.A. in Geography and Political Science from the University of California - Los Angeles.
Kobi is the Co-founder and CEO of autofleet, the first ever Vehicle as a Service platform for fleets. Before founding autofleet, Kobi was the Head of Product at Gett for Business and prior to that was the VP Product of fast growing IOT startup in Silicon Valley.
Jonathan Ells is the Director of Fleet Sustainability at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Jonathan works to implement Mayor de Blasio’s Clean Fleet Plan, announced in December 2015, to reduce emissions from the municipal fleet 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2035. Jonathan has piloted renewable diesel, higher blends of biodiesel, increased the number of electric vehicles and improved the vehicle charging network, including introducing solar charging. NYC operates 1,800 EVs and over 500 chargers, the largest network in the state. Jonathan also oversees the city’s car share efforts, supervises the auction of 3,500 city vehicles annually, and serves as Fleet’s liaison to NYC Emergency Management. Jonathan has worked for New York City since 2001 when he began his career at NYC Parks in fleet operations and emergency management. He lives in Westchester with his wife and daughter.
As General Manager of Cox Automotive Mobility Group’s newly formed Pivet fleet services operation, Alex Fraser leads an integrated partner network of physical and mobile solutions for some the country’s leading shared mobility provider. Alex Fraser serves as the general manager of Atlanta Market Fleet Services for the Cox Automotive Mobility Group. He oversees all Pivet operations at the newly formed Manheim Metro Atlanta Fleet Hub, including everything from in-fleeting, de-fleeting, cleaning, detailing, fueling and charging, to maintenance, storage, parking and logistics. Prior to helping form the Cox Automotive Mobility Group in 2018, he served as the general manager of Manheim Portland. Fraser, who has been with Cox Automotive for nearly two decades, holds a Masters' Degree in Business Administration from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood University.
Dain Giesie is Assistant Vice President of Business Development for Enterprise Fleet Management, a full-service vehicle management business and affiliate of Enterprise Holdings Inc. In this role, Giesie oversees government marketing and partner relationships, as well as Enterprise Fleet Management’s client advisory board, strategic initiatives and overall marketing efforts. Owned by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Fleet Management operates a network of more than 50 fully staffed offices, which manages a fleet of more than 570,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. The business provides full-service management for companies, government agencies, and organizations operating medium-sized fleets of 20 or more vehicles, as well as those seeking an alternative to employee reimbursement programs. Enterprise Fleet Management supplies most makes and models of cars, light- and medium-duty trucks, and service vehicles across North America. Giesie started his Enterprise career in Texas as a Management Trainee in 2001, with continuous promotions and a move to corporate headquarters expanding into his current role.
Tenure with Safelite of 14 years, 12 years in Fleet . Erin has been responsible for national fleet operations for more than 8200 vehicles with an annual budget of over $80M. Fleet operations responsibilities include fleet department associate management and development, process review and reform, contract negotiation, supplier relations and performance management, budgeting and P&L management, vehicle specification/ selection/procurement/up-fitting, national maintenance management, national fuel program, sustainability and environmental initiatives, acquisition and integration activities.
Dan Hannan serves as Vice President of Fleet Strategy at Merchants Fleet. He joined the company in 2011. Dan serves as a strategic thought leader for the fleet industry, driving client partnerships to identify costs savings and leveraging powerful fleet management technology solutions through peer benchmarking powered by Merchants TotalView. His leadership has spearheaded the broad technology and consultative offerings that Merchants Fleet provides to its clients, leading to double-digit growth. He brings industry leadership, strategic thinking, and process-orientation to the fleet business architecture that drives the Merchants Fleet client experience. Dan has over 25 years of fleet management experience. He held numerous Senior Vice President roles at GE Fleet and the Donlen Corporation in information technology, fleet operations, quality management, product development, strategic consulting, and sustainability. Over the course of his career, Dan has identified over $1.5 billion in cost savings for hundreds of commercial and government fleet clients, championed over $100 million in innovative technology solutions within 20 plus companies, and led 200-plus employees and cross-functional teams. Dan is routinely published for his consultative insights and was recognized as a Fleet Sustainability All-Star in 2013. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Minnesota State University at Mankato. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, near the Merchants Fleet Innovation Center, and enjoys travel to the Greater New Hampshire area.
Paul brings deep mobility services and automotive market expertise to his role as CEO of Launch Mobility, an end-to-end technology platform built to power a range of mobility services operations. With the Launch Mobility platform, clients can quickly experiment, iterate, and scale a new mobility business. Prior to Launch Mobility, Paul developed and grew Evercar, an electric vehicle car share that served the on-demand market for rideshare and delivery drivers. Prior to that, Paul led product planning for alternative powertrain vehicles at Toyota.
Wes Hurst is an attorney with a nationwide Mobility and Vehicle Use Practice. He represents rental car companies, carsharing companies, automobile manufacturers and companies pursuing new and emerging business models related to mobility and the use of vehicles. Wes is a frequent speaker and author on mobility related topics.
As Director, North American Commercial Fleet Products, Rob is responsible for the development of Mastercard’s commercial fleet payment strategy in the North American market. Leveraging over 20 years of software development and product management experience, Rob is focused on how data, software, and mobility are shaping the way payments are made in the fleet industry. Prior to joining Mastercard, he was the Director of Technology Development at US Bank Voyager Fleet Systems where he led the development of Voyager’s online self-service and fleet analytics tools. Rob received his Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Houston and an MBA from Rice University.
Alan Kibler currently works as the Manager of Finance and Strategy at Holman Strategic Ventures. Alan manages Holman Strategic Ventures portfolio of investments and new products, and is responsible for vetting investment opportunities in the automotive industry, with a focus on new startup companies and disruptive technologies. Alan supports the operations for Holman's Mobility Subscription Fleet (Flexdrive), Mobility Fleet Management program, and the Lynkd connected car dealership program. Alan is a Six Sigma Greenbelt, has earned a B.S from Rutgers University in Finance and Accounting, and an MBA from Temple University Fox School of Business.
Roger Lanctot has 25+ years of experience as a journalist, analyst and consultant advising electronics companies, car companies, wireless carriers, Tier 1s and developers on product and market development and strategy. He is currently Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, in the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics, where he has worked for the past 10 years. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a frequent blogger and keynote speaker. Roger is a member of the TU-Automotive Hall of Fame and was selected as the 2017 Tech Cars Best Analyst or Connected Car Celebrity. He is on the advisory board of AutomobilityLA and the Future Networked Car event put on by the International Telecommunications Union at the Geneva Motor Show.
Ramel Lindsay joined U.S. Bank in February 2011 as Fleet Product & Program manager overseeing strategy, profitability, and product development for fleet solutions and is now responsible for business development activities. Before that he spent seven years with MasterCard Worldwide in technology account management and customer relations. His responsibilities included developing and implementing business solutions for MasterCard’s U.S. regional accounts with gross dollar volume exceeding $15B annually. In 2010 he was recognized with the MasterCard Worldwide Sales Blazers Award for exceptional sales performance. Prior to MasterCard, Lindsay was an executive-level consultant for British Petroleum. His accomplishments included developing BP’s strategic plan to target new wholesale Jobber accounts for branded motor fuel; providing competitive intelligence, targeted customer program research, wholesale and retail fuel pricing and margin analysis; developing international convenience store benchmarking and gap analysis; and facilitating Fleetcor Technologies’ acquisition of BP’s 500million gallon fleet card business. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College and a law degree from Saint Louis University Law School.
Del Lisk serves as Lytx’s chief fleet safety liaison for its more than 3,000 fleet customers. He is a Certified Transportation Professional and an active member in several motor vehicle safety groups such as the National Safety Council’s Transportation Safety Division, the American Trucking Association Safety Committee and the American Society of Safety Engineer’s Transportation Practice Specialty. Del has presented at countless conferences and has appeared on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Discovery Channel and other television shows. Prior to joining Lytx, Lisk worked for 21 years at Smith System Driver Improvement Institute, a leader in professional driver training where he last served as company president.
Kristopher Luey, Vulog's International Business Development Manager, brings deep knowledge of the mobility industry to the ICRS stage. After spending 4 years with Zipcar North America and supporting the launch of three new markets, Kris now guides Vulog's new carshare and scootershare clients in building their own successful mobility brands. His presentations and panel discussions focus on key learnings for existing industry players and startups looking to enter the shared mobility space. With Vulog’s 30+ projects around the world, Kris comes armed with troves of insights on shared mobility success factors.
Ford Commercial Solutions is responsible for developing connected vehicle services and applications for fleets. She and her team are responsible for development and execution of all marketing activities for Ford Commercial Solutions including driving product development as well as customer communications. Additionally, the team is responsible for business development and growing the partners offering Fleet services using Ford’s Transportation Mobility Cloud. Ms. Moody joined Ford in January 1989, in the Lincoln Mercury Denver District. She has had a variety of positions in Lincoln Mercury, Ford Customer Service, Ford Division as well as corporate marketing staff. Most recently, Ms. Moody led the U.S. connected vehicle marketing team responsible for the launch of SYNC, Applink and SIRIUS satellite radio. Ms. Moody received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Colorado State University in 1985 and her MS in Marketing from University of Colorado in 1988.
Kevin has over has over 39 years in the automotive industry, with 26 years in government fleet, and holds a MBA and BBA from National University. Kevin has successfully integrated several technologies into the fleet including INVERS car sharing, Geotab GPS tracking, plug-in EVs, and renewable diesel fuel. These efforts have produced measurable results that have had a direct effect upon air quality, work environment, and cost control. Eighty-one percent of standard passenger cars are hybrid or plug-in technology, unleaded fuel consumption is down by 23%, 17% of the light equipment fleet is pooled, and over $1.7M in vehicle replacements have been avoided. Currently, solar technology for EV charging and creating a fleet group with all of the cities within the County is under development. The fleet has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Government Fleets in the Americas.
Chris Nordh is Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology and Energy Products for the Fleet Management Solutions business segment of Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this position, Mr. Nordh is responsible for executing Ryder's growing portfolio of emerging technology solutions as well as extending Ryder’s leadership position in the advanced vehicle technology industry. Mr. Nordh’s responsibilities include identifying new technologies that would enhance and improve our current product and service offerings to external customers, and the general marketplace. Mr. Nordh also supports Ryder’s Global Fuel Products strategy, which includes the Company’s growing leadership position in the advanced fuels vehicle industry. In support of the Ryder Fuel division, Mr. Nordh manages Ryder’s fuel product development, pricing, rebate, and incentive programs and oversees product development and evaluation with OEMs to lower costs and help customers. Mr. Nordh received his MBA in Management Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami.
Truck journalist 13 years, commercial driver 20 years. Joined us in 2007. Specializes in technical/equipment material (including Tire Report), brings real-world perspective to test drives. Former editor, HighwayStar; former host of The All-Night Road Show.
A retail car industry veteran and attorney, John Possumato is in the forefront of automotive technology and “Mobility as a Service” (Car Sharing, Ride Sharing/Ride Hailing) business models for car dealers and car rental companies. He is the Founder & CEO of DriveItAway Inc., the first company focused on providing a turn-key Car Sharing platform to car dealers and car rental operators as a means by which traditional industry sectors can adapt and profit from these new and rapidly growing services today, while preparing for the future. Possumato is a noted trade publication author and speaker on Mobility as a Service business models. He holds a J.D. from the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from the Wharton School.
Arun is the co-founder and CEO at Motorq, a connected-car data and analytics platform company. At Motorq, Arun and his team are building infrastructure and analytics tools to help enterprises derive actionable insights from multiple car data sources, including OEMs and after-market device manufacturers. Arun is a passionate engineer and data scientist, and started his career at Bosch in Detroit, writing algorithms for vehicle safety systems such as ABS and Traction Control. He later spent seven years at Booz & Company, developing commercial strategy for clients across multiple industries.
Mr. Ramer is an accomplished Technology Executive and Entrepreneur. He has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in financing for growth companies in the clean energy, transportation, and resource efficiency sectors. Before joining EV Connect, he led corporate development for NanoH2O, a venture-backed developer of energy efficient water purification technology. Previously, he held executive positions in business development, product management and marketing at AeroVironment, an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Developer, where he spent seven years elevating the AeroVironment into the industry leader, spearheading the company’s global expansion and launching its fleet management software solution. He held roles in business development, finance and strategy for several venture-backed technology start-ups. Mr. Ramer holds a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College.
Tyler Raugh is the President of Fleet and Co-Founder of Booster Fuels, the #1 same-day fuel delivery service in the United States. Before he was bringing gas and diesel directly to America’s fleets in high tech purple-colored fuel tankers, Raugh was a private equity investor at Natural Gas Partners investing in and advising energy companies. He also worked as an Investment Banker advising energy companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets strategy. Raugh holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University.
Megan Richer is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Via, where she leads the company's service design and planning for global deployments with transit agencies, municipalities, and companies. She is also currently leading Via's efforts to get microtransit on transportation ballot measures throughout the West Coast. Previously, she managed Via's vehicle supply programs and worked on the company's New York City operations. Prior to Via, she led efforts to rapidly expand Thomson Reuters operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Stanford University. She is based in California.
Paul Scola serves as Chief Revenue Officer at YourMechanic, a mobile mechanic service that provides vehicle repair and maintenance solutions to consumers as well as mobility commercial, and carshare fleets in the US and Canada. A serial entrepreneur with multiple M&A and IPO successes primarily in the technology enabled service space, he’s passionate about bringing disruptive solutions to market. Prior to joining YourMechanic, Paul delivered ground breaking new products and solutions in executive roles at RPX Corporation, Support.com, Creative Channel Services (Omnicom group, INC.), VitesseLearning, and Inktomi.
Vic Shao is the Founder and CEO of AMPLY Power, a Charging-as-a-Service provider de-risking and accelerating the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by commercial and public fleets through its price-per-mile-driven model. Vic founded AMPLY Power in 2018 and previously served as the Founder & CEO of Green Charge Networks (GCN), an energy storage company that manages electric demand and renewable deployment for customers. After GCN was acquired by the international energy provider ENGIE in 2016, Vic oversaw global project development for ENGIE Energy Storage. Prior to founding GCN, Vic served as COO and VP of Product Development at MobileAria, which provides security and productivity telematics applications for the transportation industry and private fleets. Vic received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Rudy Six was part of the founding team at INVERS in 1995, helping to build the technology and workflows behind the original products. In 2002, Rudy saw the market potential of the company’s technology in North America and started INVERS Mobility Solutions. Since then, Rudy has worked closely with public and private sector fleets, as well as carsharing operators worldwide to improve their day-to-day operations. Rudy now oversees the growth and continuous development of INVERS products to better help fleet managers save costs and optimize vehicle use.
Colin has been part of Geotab's leadership team since its inception in North America and directs the company’s global sales growth. Today, with over one million connected vehicles and more than 40,000 customers, Geotab is one of the fastest growing providers of telematics technology globally. Prior to joining Geotab, Colin managed the Customer Support, Dealer Technical Support and Aftermarket Parts teams for Freightliner of Canada. Helping to implement the telematics strategy for two of the top five fleets in North America, Colin routinely participates in customer and partner consulting in the use of telematics for productivity, safety, fleet, compliance and data integration. Colin has also been a speaker at many telematics and related industry conferences worldwide, where his perspective and advice to his audiences focuses on sharing knowledge and best practices for companies who are developing a telematics strategy.
Kurt is responsible for developing analytic products and services across the company. Since joining in 2015, he has led the development of WEX's innovative ClearView analytics platform. Kurt has twenty years of experience in data science and has worked in industries ranging from financial services to biotechnology. He joined WEX from advertising agency Digitas, where he led the advanced analytics practice in North America. Kurt received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and has multiple undergraduate engineering degrees from the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on the topic of analytics and was one of seven data scientists profiled in Wayne Eckerson's book "Secrets of Analytical Leaders."
Spiffy’s CEO, Scot Wingo, is a 4-time serial entrepreneur from the Research Triangle Park, NC region. Scot is an industry thought leader in e-commerce, the on-demand economy, and the future of mobility. Scot has appeared on CNBC and The Today Show and has contributed thought leadership to the WSJ, New York Times, Forbes, and many other publications. Scot hosts the Vehicle 2.0 podcast and regularly speaks about e-commerce and on-demand topics at conferences across the country. Most recently, Scot spoke about the Future of Ownership in a Vehicle 2.0 World at the 2019 Automotive Intelligence Summit.
Mr. Wurster leads the Product Development and Industry Analysis efforts for Vincentric. With over 20 years in senior leadership roles with IntelliChoice and R.L. Polk & Co., he is a recognized leader within the industry. Mr. Wurster has a wide range of knowledge and is adept at creating actionable information that helps auto manufacturers, dealers, publishers and data companies reach their goals. Complementing his industry experience is a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from California State University.
A seasoned technology professional with more than 30 years of industry experience. He successfully founded multiple companies and seasoned expertise in green technology, alternate energy, digital technology, IOT and cyber security. Currently at Qwik Charge, he serves as Chairman of the Board, taking an active role in the company with particular focus in R&D, investigating emerging technologies in the EV field supporting the company in providing enhanced efficiency to its clients.
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