Hall of Fame Class Of 2016
The inductees are individuals whose vision, long-term commitment and passion have shaped the fabric of the connected vehicle industry. Their work has broken down barriers and created ground-braking products and pushed the automotive sector from a traditional industry to a leading segment of the fast-moving IoT industry.TU-Automotive is proud to present the 2016 inductees of the TU-Automotive Hall of Fame:
Co-founder of Hughes Telematics (2006-2011)
Currently: CEO and co-founder of Vehcon
Fred Blumer is the CEO and co-founder of Vehcon, Inc., a vehicle connectivity and data services company located in Atlanta, Georgia. Vehcon provides a broad range of validated vehicle and driver data leveraging smartphones and mobile networks.
Prior to Vehcon, Fred was the co-founder of Hughes Telematics, Inc., originally formed to provide telematics systems and services for automotive OEMs. While at Hughes, Fred led a team of engineers and data experts to create an award-winning range of hardware, software, and services for aftermarket telematics applications, including the usage-based insurance solution currently used by leading insurance companies. Hughes Telematics was acquired by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in 2012.
Fred is a frequent speaker and author on the topic next-generation telematics, connected vehicles, and automotive data. His insights have been published in leading business, technology, insurance and automotive publications including The Wall Street Journal, Automotive Digest, and Insurance & Technology. Fred is an inventor on more than 10 utility patents for telematics, auto insurance, and vehicle data technologies. He currently serves on the Telematics Task Force of the Auto Care Association, and was formerly the Vice Chairman of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.
Fred is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the College of Charleston, and was a research fellow at Kyoto University (Japan). Fred resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 31 years.
Vice President, Connected Vehicle Technology Division at Toyota (2000-2013)
Currently: Founder at Bucci Consulting
Jon Bucci has been involved in the automotive business in a variety of ways for the past 35 years.
Professional experience began as an Account Director at various Advertising Agencies supporting Import automotive clients, such as: Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Honda.
During this 12-year span, Bucci led Agency teams who’s missions included: strategic planning and launching new products, brand & product positioning, media planning & execution, advertising campaign development, sales promotions and merchandising.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., recruited Bucci in 1990 to join their Marketing Department.
During Bucci’s 23 years at Toyota, he held Management positions in Marketing, Advertising, Interactive and e-Business, Media Planning, Long Range Strategic Planning and Product Planning.
RECENT WORK HISTORY SUMMARY:
At Toyota, Bucci’s most recent role (from 2000-2013) was Vice President of Toyota's Connected Vehicle Technology Division where he was the Executive responsible for the Toyota and Lexus Telematics & Connected Vehicle Products & Services.
This role involved: Strategic Planning, P&L responsibility, Operations, Vendor Management, M&A activities, Product & Services Development, Product Quality and Enterprise Program Management.
Bucci retired from Toyota in February, 2013 and in April of the same year, joined Concannon Business Consulting (CBC) as Executive Vice President. During his three-year tenure at CBC, Bucci applied his decades of diverse automotive business and technology experience to help grow CBC's automotive and connected vehicle consulting practice.
In April, 2016 Bucci starts a new chapter by forming Bucci Consulting, LLC. In this new role, established and growing companies can leverage Bucci’s Executive level advisory skills, both strategic as well as operational in order to build brands, generate revenue and do so in dynamic and complex settings.
Led launch activities for more than 30 new vehicle models in the U.S.
Led (from initial market research/strategy development, through to final creative executions) the Toyota Every Day new Brand Campaign.
Led internal selection team responsible for Scion’s first Agency search.
Direct responsibility for Toyota.com
Created totally new business units within Toyota: Office of the Web, the e-Business Division and the Advanced Technology Department (Telematics).
Led development of and launched Toyota & Lexus first and current iterations of Telematics Products and Services: Safety Connect, Toyota Entune, Lexus Enform (and Enform Apps Suite), Toyota Prius & Rav 4 EV telematics products.
Business Consulting experience with major Automotive OEM’s, Telecoms, Tier 1 Suppliers as well as Start-ups.
ConnectedDrive Manager at BMW China and BMW North America (2003-2013)
Currently: President at Dance Consulting
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Francis Dance is the managing director of Dance Consulting, LLC after his retirement from BMW of North America at the end of 2015, where he had served as the Safety Integrity and Recall Manager since July 2013. Previously, he had served as the ConnectedDrive Senior Manager at BMW China Automotive Trading Ltd in Beijing where he was responsible for the development, launch and operation of BMW’s ConnectedDrive telematics services in China from September 2010 to June 2013. From 2003 to 2010, he was the ConnectedDrive Services Manager for BMW of North America in New Jersey. In this role, he was responsible for the North American service infrastructure and operation of the BMW Assist Safety and Convenience Plans and Real Time Traffic Information services. He implemented BMW’s solutions for advanced driver and vehicle information systems, including innovative telematic applications, such as the RDS-TMC traffic data protocol, Bluetooth hands-free calling, TeleService notification, dynamic route guidance, stolen vehicle recovery and enhanced emergency response. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Engineering Management, both from the University of Massachusetts. He was honored by receiving the 2010 Telematics Leadership Award in the USA issued by Telematics Update and was selected as a Best Speaker at the 2010 Telematics@China Forum.
President and CEO at OnStar (1995-2009)
Currently: Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School
Chet Huber is a Senior Lecturer at HBS, having joined the General Management unit in July, 2011. He teaches Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise in the second year elective curriculum.
Prior to joining the Harvard Business School, Chet spent 37 years at General Motors Corporation, initially in its locomotive business, the Electro-Motive Division in LaGrange, Illinois, and then as part of its OnStar vehicle services business in Detroit, Michigan. At Electro-Motive, Chet held various engineering, operations and commercial positions before becoming responsible for leading all of the division’s sales, service and marketing efforts globally.
From locomotives, in 1995 Chet was assigned to lead a study team to evaluate a wireless, location-based services opportunity in the auto industry, and was ultimately selected to lead the start-up effort that became GM’s OnStar business. During his fourteen year tenure as President and CEO, OnStar grew to over six million subscribers, built a market leading brand and intellectual property position, generated revenues in excess of $2 billion, and achieved industry leading profitability. He retired from General Motors in 2009.
Chet received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. He has served on the Board of Directors for General Magic and XM Satellite Radio, been appointed to Federal Advisory Committees at NASA and the Centers for Disease Control, and holds multiple U.S. patents in the application of wireless technology to vehicle systems. Chet received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Kettering University, and was named Honorary Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and inducted into the National Defense University Hall of Fame.
Chet regularly consults with large organizations seeking to improve their ability to innovate beyond the bounds of their existing core businesses.
Co-founder of Hughes Telematics (2006-2012)
Currently: Founder and Chief Technology Officer for M2MD Technologies
Mr. Link is founder and Chief Technology Officer for M2MD Technologies, Inc., a new company focused on securely connecting machines to mobile devices.
M2MD Technologies is developing an M2M connectivity solution for LTE and GSM based devices and a security technology for constrained devices using industry standard security solutions. Along with the security focus, M2MD Technologies is developing a provisioning and connectivity technology to prepare for the next generation of Wireless Wide Area Network (“WWAN”) devices, focusing on the Internet of Things.
Previously, Mr. Link was Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Hughes Telematics in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Hughes Telematics from its inception and Verizon Telematics, Inc. (VZT) after Verizon acquired Hughes Telematics in 2012. As CTO, Mr. Link was responsible for the technology foundation of the company and focused on vehicle connectivity, network architecture and strategy for the OEM telematics offerings of the company.
Mr. Link was responsible for specifying the architecture for VZT’s service rollout for Mercedes and Volkswagen vehicles in North America. This architecture is the first full implementation of a system that leverages best-in-class service and content providers while maintaining OEM autonomy. The architecture is designed to support multiple OEMs across several continents with a consistent offering and scalable infrastructure. Hughes Telematics/VZT began offering service to Mercedes vehicles in November 2009, and Volkswagen vehicles in August 2013. Most recently, Mr. Link led the successful technology rollout of OEM services for Mercedes and Volkswagen in China.
Prior to his involvement in the telematics industry, Mr. Link spent 19 years in various engineering roles developing products and services for the U.S. wireless/cellular industry, leading to over 70 patents and nearly 40 pending patents. Most notable of the developments was the wireless message waiting indicator network (“MWI”), initially serving Bellsouth in the mid-1990’s, and later delivering over a billion MWI notifications per month for AT&T. Other notable systems or services architected and developed by Mr. Link include the first North American USSD based information system, a unified wireless-wireline voice mail service, a point-of-sale system that automatically “programmed” handsets and a call forwarding system that automatically forwards cellular calls to an associated landline.
Along with a colleague from Daimler, Mr. Link conceived the embedded M2M Form Factor (MFF) SIM device that is a cornerstone of the eSIM and the embedded connectivity solutions used by the automobile industry.
Mr. Link resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Susan. Both his daughter and son are engineers, currently working in the telecommunications industry.
Co-founder of Hughes Telematics (2006-2012)
Currently: Chief Creative Officer at Convey PR and Marketing
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Kevin Link is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Convey, LLC, an Atlanta based Marketing and Public Relations firm dedicated to helping IoT firms create compelling value propositions. As the creative leader of the company, Mr. Link has been successful in assisting various IoT companies with creating unique public relations strategies and marketing plans that generate real results without the costs of traditional approaches.
Prior to the formation of Convey, Mr. Link was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Hughes Telematics (now known as Verizon Telematics). As a member of the Executive Team since its inception in 2006, Mr. Link served in various Strategic roles within the company. His most recent role included serving as Senior Vice President or Corporate Marketing and PR as well as the General Manager of the China operation. In these capacities, he was responsible for building the Hughes Telematics brand and served as the global spokesman for the company.
His role in Hughes Telematics China included building the operation, hiring and training the team, negotiating all partner relationships and building the OEM business. Mr. Link served as the General Manager of the China operation for 5 years and was recognized as the “Telematics Professional of the Year for China” in 2015. Additionally, under his leadership, Hughes Telematics China was recognized as TSP of the year in 2014 and 2015.
Link is a key contributor to the thought leadership within telematics organizations and trade associations and is a frequent speaker within the industry.
Link is a proven entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of Altius Solutions, a company he co- founded to support multiple entrepreneurial initiatives involving vehicle telematics. Through Altius Solutions, Link was able to develop a command of the telematics landscape, industry challenges, and also work with leading edge experts to craft solutions. This experience provided the platform for which Hughes Telematics was built.
Mr. Link received a BA in Accounting from NC State and is a CPA and CMA. Kevin lives in Atlanta Georgia, is married and has three sons. He is very active in the community and was recognized as the citizen of the year in 2011. He serves on several boards and is a Scoutmaster of the Lovett School Boy Scout Troop.
President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (2004-present)
Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.
In 2004 Scott founded and was named President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association by the Board of Directors. Previously Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to this Scott was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager, implementing over $1 billion in advanced systems.
Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is a Member of the US ISO Technical Advisory Group and a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial-Military Technology Transfer Committee.
In March 2012, and again in 2014, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
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