2015 Agenda

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2015 MICHauto Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Sponsor: Universal Robots

9:00 a.m.


Introduction: Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

9:10 a.m.

Protecting, Retaining and Growing Michigan’s Automotive and Mobility Industry

Speaker: Gary Peters, U.S. Senator, State of Michigan via video message

9:20 a.m.

A Profile of Michigan’s Auto Industry Present and Future

From customized infotainment systems to vehicle-to-vehicle communication and autonomous cars, new technologies are transforming the automotive industry. This panel will provide an overview of Michigan’s current automotive industry and showcase the work being done in the intelligent vehicle sector. Panelists will also share a unique perspective on the convergence of the automotive industry, the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the infrastructure required to make it all work.

Introduction: Glenn Stevens, Vice President, MICHauto and Strategic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber

SpeakersKevin Kerrigan, Senior Vice President, Automotive Office, Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC)

Andreas Mai, Director, Smart Connected Vehicles, Cisco Systems Inc.

Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Moderator:  John McElroy, Host, “Autoline Daily”

Sponsor:  Pure Michigan

10:10 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsor: ITC Holdings

10:30 a.m.

2016 North American International Auto Show: The Global Auto World Comes to Detroit

Scott LaRiche, Chairman, North American International Auto Show

10:35 a.m.

Building the Modern Global Corporate Culture

The demands on today’s automotive industry have never been greater. Rapidly evolving technology and customer expectations place a premium on a company culture that encourages innovative thinking and problem solving and sustains a highly-skilled workforce. This keynote will offer insight into the innovative leadership and corporate culture that companies must utilize to attract talent, nurture innovation and give automakers a competitive edge in the global market.

Rick Haas, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra North American Technical Center

Interviewed byRob Luce, Director, MICHauto and Automotive Retention and Growth, Detroit Regional Chamber

11:10 a.m.

Talent and Culture Transformation in the New Automotive World

As vehicles and technology increasingly become more aligned, talent retention, attraction and development are critical to Michigan’s automotive industry. Cultivating a steady pipeline of talented, qualified workers requires increased emphasis on skilled trades and STEM education in the classroom. This panel will discuss the needs of automotive companies, the institutions supplying talent and the innovative programs in place to prepare students for 21st century careers.

SpeakersCharlie Ackerman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources North America, Robert Bosch LLC

Rose Bellanca, President, Washtenaw Community College

Bradley Hoos, Executive Director, Hacker Fellows

Suzanne Seitz, Vice President, Total Rewards, Cooper Standard

ModeratorJeff Mason, Executive Director, University Research Corridor (URC)

Sponsors: Business Leaders for Michigan, Ford Motor Company

12:00 p.m.

The Shell Eco-marathon: A Commitment to Detroit and the Future of Mobility

Niel Golightly, Vice President, External Relations, Shell

12:10 p.m.


12:40 p.m.

Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit

Today’s automotive companies are challenged with meeting the needs of tomorrow’s mobility and transportation industries. As a business accelerator program, Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, provides seed money and mentorships for innovative startups in the Detroit region. Hear from Managing Director Ted Serbinski on how Techstars is helping power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation to maintain Detroit’s leadership in the global mobility and transportation ecosystem.

Speaker: Ted Serbinski, Managing Director, Techstars Mobility

12:50 p.m.

The Future of the Mobile Workplace and the Connected Commercial Vehicle

Staying connected while on the move is a concept most consumers have embraced. But what about the 62 million commercial vehicles on the road in North America and Europe alone? OEMs are now incorporating connected software into their commercial vehicles, helping customers improve safety and productivity while cutting costs. This keynote will delve into how connectivity is transforming the way business is done around the world.

Introduction: Gary Silberg, Partner, KPMG LLP

Speaker: Jason Koch, President and Co-founder, Telogis

Interviewed by: Dustin Walsh, Automotive Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Sponsor: KPMG LLP

1:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsor: ITC Holdings

2:00 p.m.

The Global Connected Customer Experience

General Motors Co. continues to be a global leader in vehicle technology that optimizes the customer experience. This keynote will discuss the role that policy, technology and connected customers play in General Motors Co. products and the automotive market.

Harry Lightsey III, Executive Director, Public Policy, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors Co.

Interviewed byMichelle Krebs, Senior Analyst, Autotrader

Sponsors: DENSO, PwC

2:35 p.m.

Startups, Cybersecurity and 3-D Printing: New Forces in the Automotive and Mobility World

These disruptive forces – startup companies, cybersecurity and 3-D printing – are poised to interrupt the natural product life cycle and alter the traditional ways that vehicles are designed and brought to market. This panel will explore how Michigan’s research and development and engineering centers must embrace the disruption and evolve with new strategies in order to thrive in an evolving mobility industry.

PanelRichard Garrity, Vice President and General Manager,Vertical Solutions Business Unit, Stratasys

Sandy Kronenberg, CEO, Service.com

Mike Morin, Portfolio Relations Strategist, Start Garden

André Weimerskirch, Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

ModeratorChris Thomas, Founder and Partner, Fontinalis Partners

Sponsors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

3:25 p.m.

Mcity: Putting Michigan’s Economy on the Connected Vehicle Fast Track

Mcity, the world’s first fully controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of driverless vehicle technologies, is propelling Michigan’s global leadership in next-generation mobility research and development. This keynote will explore Mcity’s role on the connected vehicle space, the research being conducted and how Michigan’s mobility strategy will drive economic growth in the race for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Introduction: Hans-Werner Kaas, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Peter Sweatman, Director, University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC)

3:40 p.m.

Michigan as the Global Center of Mobility

There is no greater concentration of automotive design, manufacturing and R&D centers in the world than in Michigan. As the global epicenter of the automotive industry, Michigan remains the preeminent place for automotive and smart mobility technology development and integration. This keynote will explore how Michigan is uniquely positioned to leverage its assets to become the global leader in next-generation mobility.

Introduction: Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP; Chair, Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors

Speaker: Rick Snyder, Governor, State of Michigan

InterviewerSandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

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