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.
Adam leads Doering Fleet Management and TesLease by Doering as President. Doering is a thirty-year old national fleet management company with four offices across the US, specializing in fleets of 20-500 vehicles. Doering specializes in practicing Fleet Wellness®, our proprietary model of holistic health and comprehensive management for fleets. Adam is responsible for firm strategy, product offering, sales, and marketing. Authoring over 100 pieces of thought leadership, Adam enjoys educating through writing and speaking. He enjoys teaching the art of the industry and enjoys helping companies navigate toward the best choices possible. His writing style often offers a unique perspective and contrary angle to mainstream approaches. He quickly gets to the heart of the issue and offers actionable insights. Over Adam's sixteen years with Doering, the firm has become a top fleet management company and continued to be nimble and resilient in a rapidly changing industry. Adam believes we are in the most exciting time the transportation/mobility industry has ever seen. As such, TesLease by Doering was launched two years ago. TesLease is the EV-leasing division of Doering and a large owner of EV's leased to fleets around the Country. Adam is a graduate of Babson College in Boston, MA where he studied business management, entrepreneurship, and law.
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.
Vincent Brigidi is Verra Mobility’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Services and previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President, Emerging Markets. Mr. Brigidi leads the business unit’s U.S. initiatives and international expansion, extending core products into new mobility markets and promoting the availability of solutions to enable vehicle connectivity, shared mobility and next generation innovation around the globe. This includes the incubation and development of the Mobility Services Platform, an essential component of Verra Mobility’s mission to further smart mobility in the commercial and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Verra Mobility, Mr. Brigidi served as President and Chief Operating Officer at The CEI Group, which was then a PPG Industries, Inc. subsidiary. Mr. Brigidi holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from James Madison University.
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 Transportation Solutions, an $8.4 billion leader in transportation and logistics, whose businesses include Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics. 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, 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 associate’s degree in culinary arts from Baltimore International College.
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.
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Lori Jetha is Safe Fleet’s Vice President of Marketing, responsible for strategic branding and marketing initiatives. She joined Safe Fleet in 2014 during the acquisition of Seon, the world leader in mobile video surveillance equipment for buses. Safe Fleet has unified an unrivaled portfolio of best-of-breed smart solutions into an integrated safety platform for fleets of every type. By making fleets smarter, Safe Fleet makes them safer. Whether is a cleverly designed ladder rack that reduces back strain, AI-driven safety systems that detect and warn pedestrians of danger, or advanced vision systems that improve driver confidence, Safe Fleet delivers smart safety solutions that fleets need to survive and thrive in a changing world. Lori has over 25 years of experience in fleet management, video surveillance and telecommunications industries and is a frequent speaker, blogger, and editorial contributor on fleet safety and video security.
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.
Mr. Longobart has been involved in the fleet industry for 38 years, Rick led the City of Santa Ana fleet to 3rd Best Fleet overall, #1 Mid-Size Fleet in the country, and 9th on 100 Best & Greenest Fleet in the Nation in 2014. He has also worked for the City of Inglewood and El Segundo. Rick is a highly accomplished management professional with proven leadership skills and a track record of award winning performance in the public service sector of Public Works handling fleet, facility, street maintenance, solid waste management and custodial services. He possesses an extensive background in budgeting, equipment replacement, capital improvements and management of internal service funds using lifecycle cost analysis, real-time operating charges and cooperative agreements for purchase of products and services. Rick excels at the development and implementation of cost containment strategies and at dramatically improving operations through institution of creative solutions. As one of the Principles of Longobart-Ross Consulting, he assists fleets all over the nation to become more efficient, effective and productive in the workspace, using various technologies and skills, and is the developer of Profit$ equipment replacement and data management software.
Simon Lonsdale is the Head of Sales and Strategy for 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. Simon is a recognized pioneer in the EV charging industry and previously served as Chief Strategy Officer for ChargePoint, the world’s leading EV charging network. As head of sales or business development, he’s helped usher successful outcomes for many well-known cloud computing companies including RNA Networks (acquired by Dell), NICE Software (acquired by Amazon Web Services), and Platform Computing (acquired by IBM). Prior to this Simon spent eleven years at Aspect, a telecommunications company, as VP, Software Engineering and VP, Alliances, during its migration to an enterprise software voice-over-IP platform. Originally from the UK, Simon has been a Silicon Valley native for more than 20 years. Simon is a Chartered Engineer and has a Masters’ degree in Electronic, Communication and Computer Engineering, most recently from the University of Bradford.
Jeb is the CEO and Owner of WHEELZ UP – a local courier service delivering auto parts to dealerships and automotive companies. Wheelz Up had its roots in VA, MD and now in TX, NY and FL with targeted expansion to areas that Jeb envisions growth in this niche. Having borrowed $8k from his father in 2010, and starting with two second-hand vans, Jeb has bootstrapped his business and was able to expand his fleet to 300+ vans and 330+ employees strong. He has also ventured into a new line of business in dockless electric scooters with Bolt and re-defining the meaning of Micromobility with his new company, BOLTZ UP.
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.
Mark leads the Connected Vehicle Strategy and Business Development team at Toyota working closely with Toyota Connected to build and launch innovative products using connected vehicle data. In addition to product development, he leads a global working group to support all Toyota distributors advancement in the connected space and is the Chief Product Owner for connected vehicle privacy ensuring that all data is being used in a transparent and respectful manor. Before leading connected vehicle strategy, Mark spent 14 years working for OEM’s in many core pillars of the industry including distribution, dealer sales management, marketing, and new technologies. Supporting the Mirai, the first mass produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, gave Mark a unique perspective on how to bring new technologies to market and provided valuable experience into regulatory challenges and alternative fuel markets.
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.
Will Quinn is the Manager of Customer Acquisition and Experience within PG&E's Clean Energy Transportation team. He has been with PG&E for five years in various roles working on Energy Efficiency, Community Renewables, and Electric Vehicle Programs. Most recently, he oversaw the launch of the EV Charge Network program and led the design and deployment of PG&E’s EV Savings Calculator (ev.pge.com). Before joining PG&E, Will worked at ICF International supporting energy efficiency programs for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Will holds a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis & Planning from the University of California, Davis.
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.
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.
As a Senior Product Manager, Sara optimizes Wheels products and services to ensure continued client satisfaction. She also provides support to various departments, including Sales and Account Management with her exceptional product knowledge and technical expertise. Sara has worked in various roles since joining Wheels in 2006 including Driver Services, Client Services, Integration Services, Client Analytics, and Product Management. Her diverse experience has provided Sara with the knowledge and expertise needed in her current Product Management role. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
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."
Mark Thomas is the VP of Marketing at RideCell and is responsible for marketing RideCell, the world’s leading platform to launch, operate and scale new car and ride sharing mobility services. Prior to joining RideCell, Thomas headed the connected car marketing team at Cisco Jasper, where he developed the product and go-to-market strategies for automotive OEMs. Prior to Cisco, Mark led product marketing at HERE, a leading automotive maps company. In addition, Mark served in marketing, strategy, and business development roles at Apple and Nokia. Mark holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Mary has been leveraging the power of driving data for more than 5 years to change driver behavior, increase safety and reduce fuel consumption & emissions. With her extensive knowledge of embedded telematics systems, she led deployments in over 20 countries. She is excited to use her expertise to drive smart, economical fleet electrification and optimization.
Charlie Vogelheim is a 30-year auto industry veteran whose career history includes Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power, Motor Trend and TPC Management. He is a regular media correspondent and automotive industry commentator for business and consumer news. As a conference host, MC or moderator, Charlie continues development of best practices in remarketing and information transparency. He contributes to the continued success of TPC through business development, industry and client relations. Charlie is on the faculty for Auction Academy. He travels extensively worldwide attending automotive events, test drives and conferences.
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.