Meet our Industry Expert Judges
We have recruited the top industry thought-leaders to serve as judges for the TU-Automotive Awards 2017. Each judge has agreed to share their expertise on the individual category where their knowledge lies. See below the list of judges currently confirmed:
Roger Lanctot Associate Director in the Global Automotive PracticeView Bio
As a Associate Director in the Global Automotive Practice, Roger Lanctot has a powerful voice in the definition of future trends in automotive safety, powertrain, and infotainment systems. Roger draws on 25 years experience in the technology industry as an analyst, journalist and consultant. Roger has conducted and participated in major industry studies, created new research products and services, and advised clients on strategy and competitive issues throughout his career. Roger joined Strategy Analytics after five years at Telematics Research Group, where he built the client base into a broad portfolio, which was sold to iSuppli. His privileged relationships and extraordinary connectedness help keep Strategy Analytics in the forefront of industry thought leadership. Just in 2010, Roger broke the story of OnStars plan for an aftermarket retail product and Sirius XMs unannounced shift to the XM platform by 2016. Prior career stops for Roger include directorships at NPD, PC Data, CMP (now United Media), Fairchild and Hearst.
Roger holds an AB in English from Dartmouth College.
Chris Thomas Founder and PartnerView Bio
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis' portfolio companies.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banker at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups.
He currently serves as Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children's literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis' portfolio companies: Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair's seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
Frederic BRUNETEAU Managing DirectorView Bio
PTOLEMUS Consulting Group
Frederic Bruneteau is the founder and Managing Director of PTOLEMUS Consulting Group, the first international strategic advisory firm entirely focused on geo-connected mobility.
He has become one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of connected vehicle services, having performed over 60 strategy consulting assignments in that domain for global leaders such as Allianz, Aioi Nissay Dowa, ESRI, Generali, Liberty Mutual, Michelin, Qualcomm and Toyota.
Frederic uses his 20 years of experience in mobility services to help leading players design strategies and value propositions around geo-connected mobility.
His specific fields of expertise include: Usage-based Insurance (UBI), road charging, fleet telematics, fleet management services, CAAS (Car-As-A-Service), ADAS, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), smartphone location-based apps and services, connected navigation, traffic information and m-health.
A frequent speaker at telematics, location-based services and Internet of Things (IoT) conferences globally, he is also often quoted by both mainstream and trade publications such as The Economist, Reuters, TU-Automotive and GPS Business News.
Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor and Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research CenterView Bio
University of California, Berkeley
Susan Shaheen is a co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She was the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. She has authored 57 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, four book chapters, and co-edited one book. She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards. In May 2010 and 2007, she received an “Excellence in Management” award from UC Berkeley. She has served on the ITS World Congress program committee since 2002 and was the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011. She is on the editorial board of IJST (2011 to present), a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research Analysis Committee (2011 to present) and member of the ITS Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. DOT Secretary, and chair of the subcommittee for Shared-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems of TRB (2013 to present).
Andrew Hart Director of Innovation and Customer RelationsView Bio
Andrew is one of the automotive industry’s leading advocates of a more consumer centred approach to innovation. A well-known voice in the world of automotive technology, he is a passionate believer in the role market research can (and should) play in helping the industry develop future best-selling products.
Matteo CARBONE Founder & DirectorView Bio
Connected Insurance Observatory
Matteo is Founder and Director of the Connected Insurance Observatory, Global InsurTech Thought Leader.
He is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialization on innovation. Matteo is author and world-renowned authority on InsurTech - ranked among top international InsurTech Influencers - and he has spoken to audiences worldwide.
Matteo has advised many International Insurance Groups and has wide experience which includes set up of industrial and commercial plans, growth strategy definition and support in the start-up of new initiatives, digital strategy development, insurance products development, channel strategy and commercial model definition, startups mentorship and advice M&A deals.
Before creating the Connected Insurance Observatory, he spent 11 years in Bain & Company’s Financial Service practice.
Matteo received his degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Milan.
Richard WALLACE DirectorView Bio
Center for Automotive Research
Richard Wallace, M.S., serves as director, Transportation Systems Analysis group within the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He has 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and managing transportation projects and research. Mr. Wallace serves as principal investigator for CAR’s connected vehicle efforts for the Michigan Department of Transportation, CAR’s work on a U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology (RITA) project to apply remote sensing to bridge-health monitoring, and CAR’s components of a mobile computing project for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. Previously for RITA, he led CAR’s portion of a multi-organizational team to apply GPS, GIS, and geo-fencing to analyze truck activity at international border crossings. In addition, he led CAR’s connected vehicle-related projects for DENSO, the Michigan International Speedway, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Wallace spent several years working as a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and several more at the UM Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. At the University of Michigan, his worked focused on the evaluation of several intelligent transportation systems (ITS) field tests in the State of Michigan. Mr. Wallace holds an M.S. in technology and science policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan.
Liz KERTON Executive DirectorView Bio
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.
Sam ABUELSAMID Senior Research AnalystView Bio
Sam Abuelsamid is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, with a focus on alternative fuels, vehicle telematics, and connected vehicles. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Abuelsamid worked in the automobile industry for 22 years, helping to develop advanced braking and control systems and embedded software.
Prior to joining Navigant Research, Abuelsamid was the editorial lead for Ford Cars and Technology Communications, developing communications materials around several new launches including the 2013 Fusion and the 2015 Mustang. As an automotive journalist, he reported extensively on a range of important stories, including the development cycle of the Chevrolet Volt, the launch of Tesla Motors, and the 2010 Toyota recall crisis. From 2007 to 2010 he was the technical editor/technical director for GreenFuelsForecast and the technical editor for Autoblog and AutoblogGreen. He was for many years the principal engineer for TRW Automotive. Abuelsamid holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.
Scott MCCORMICK PresidentView Bio
Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Inc
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.
Mark FITZGERALD Associate Director - Automotive PracticeView Bio
Mark Fitzgerald, Associate Director, is responsible for managing analytical research and inquires for the North American market Strategy Analytics’ Automotive Infotainment & Telematics Service. His 15+ years of experience includes research, forecasting and consulting of telematics and infotainment systems, automotive electronics and sensor applications in: powertrain control, passenger safety, advanced driver assist systems.
Prior to this position he was a Marketing Analyst, Chrysler account, for Pollak Engineered Products, a Tier 1 supplier of electronic products to the automotive industry.
He was an analyst responsible for performing and managing technology development analysis and competitive market analysis in the area of automotive electronics.
Previously, Fitzgerald headed the North American Automotive Forecast Database Operations for Standard & Poor’s / DRI’s (now IHS Automotive) Global Automotive Group.
Fitzgerald started his career with Farmers Insurance’s Automotive Physical Damage Claims Division.
He holds a BS in Business Management from Providence College, Providence, RI.
Phil MAGNEY Founder & PrincipalView Bio
Vision Systems Intelligence
Phil Magney is a well-respected automotive consultant and senior manager with over 25 years of experience in automotive ADAS, telematics and infotainment. Phil is the author of numerous reports and papers for industry trade publications in addition to being a frequent speaker at global automotive conferences. Phil is trained in ISO 26262 and has a deep understanding of Functional Safety and the elements of active ADAS and autonomous control systems.
In 2000, Phil co-founded the Telematics Research Group (TRG) to provide syndicated and custom market intelligence to the Automotive Infotainment Industry. TRG was acquired in 2008 by iSuppli (LA) where Phil led the newly formed automotive practice focusing on automotive electronics for Infotainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In 2011, iSuppli was acquired by IHS where Phil led the Automotive Technology Group within IHS Automotive.
Outside the office Phil is an avid road racer and holds NASA and SCCA Competition Licenses. Road racing enables Phil with a practical understanding of vehicle electronics, safety, and control.
Lukas NECKERMANN Managing DirectorView Bio
Neckermann Strategic Advisors
Lukas is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.
After beginning his career at a small commercial radio station in Ithaca, New York, Lukas joined BMW in Munich. Working in BMW’s Central Marketing area, he co-developed the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, marketing communication, and positioning strategies for BMW’s various brands (at the time BMW, MINI, Rover, Land Rover, and MG).
He joined Allianz in 2002 as executive assistant to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann, where he developed comprehensive strategy packets. He continued his Allianz career in various strategic and line leadership functions, last as Director and member of the Executive Board at Euler Hermes UK plc, the UK and Ireland’s leading credit-insurance company. While there, Lukas led the most significant innovation and strategic change program in 20 years of the company’s history.
Dominique BONTE Managing Director and Vice President, B2BView Bio
Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, is responsible for ABI Research's global automotive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT.
Dominique's background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies, assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.
Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering at the University of Leuven and has earned several marketing and business degrees.
Alex Oyler Senior Specialist - Connected CarView Bio
SBD North America
Alex is a senior consultant with SBD North America who has extensive specific working experience with connected car technologies and their respective cybersecurity requirements. He was a solution architect for a US telematics service provider prior to joining SBD and has leveraged that experience to help dozens of global OEMs to build better and more secure connected car experiences. Alex is based out of Kansas City, Missouri and holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Kansas.
Iain MACBETH Automotive & Intelligent Mobility Programme ManagerView Bio
Transport for London
Iain leads the Automotive & Intelligent Mobility team at Transport for London (TfL), focussing on engagement with the automotive sector and London's motorists. Key areas include the development of TfL's strategy for Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAVs), developing the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS), TfL's relationship with car manufacturers and the wider automotive sector, the promotion of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, and developing an engagement programme for London's motorists.
Prior to joining TfL, Iain worked for DHL and Boots the Chemists, the UK's largest pharmacy chain before working for a number of transport consultancies. He advised the UK Highways Agency 'Influencing Travel Behaviour' programme and worked for a number of large private sector clients. He was responsible for the development of the first private sector workplace travel plan in the UK, the forerunner of today's Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). He has a wealth of experience in sustainable urban mobility, development control, land use planning and workplace travel planning. He is a former chair of the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation Sustainable Transport Panel, and was a Director and Company Secretary for the UK Association for Commuter Transport (ACT).
Away from work, Iain enjoys cycling and motorsport, and has worked on a volunteer basis for General Motors Corvette Racing team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the last 15 years.
John Waraniak Vice President Vehicle TechnologyView Bio
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
John Waraniak has been vice president of Vehicle Technology at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) since May 2006. In this role, Waraniak helps leading automotive aftermarket companies understand the latest advanced vehicle technologies and develop solutions to capitalize on new product and business opportunities – whether it’s vehicle dynamics, vehicle emissions or the integration of automotive and consumer electronics for connected and automated driving.
With more than 25 years of diverse experience at automotive, motorsports, aerospace and consumer products companies, Waraniak is an expert in vehicle systems engineering, motorsports program management and lean product-process development. He is an industry leader and advocate for SEMA members helping them collaborate with automakers, suppliers and technology companies for successful performance product development and systems integration. Today’s smart vehicles are controlled and monitored by hundreds of microprocessors, sensors, and millions of lines of embedded software. Waraniak utilizes his network of contacts and background in systems engineering to connect automotive parts manufacturers with the resources and capabilities to manage these changing and disruptive vehicle technologies, customize with confidence and ensure compliance. He created, launched and leads SEMA’s Vehicle Dynamics Program, which focuses on vehicle performance and Electronic Stability Control compliance of aftermarket-modified vehicles to help SEMA companies adapt to the latest advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), federal safety standards and regulations.
John is currently a director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr., Graduate Engineering Center Industrial Advisory Board at Clemson University, as well as an advisor at Techstars Mobility in Detroit where he is helping develop, train and mentor engineers and new start-ups by aligning advanced technology ventures with next-generation talent development. Waraniak has held executive management positions with global and entrepreneurial companies, including TATA Motors, Johnson Controls, General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop and No Fear. In addition to helping these companies achieve lean product-process operations, innovative growth, brand leadership and improved profitability, Waraniak led the transfer of technology and best practices from Hughes Aircraft to General Motors to deliver industry-leading products for safety, performance, electronics and winning motorsports programs. He was one the founding members of the pioneering GM Sports Medicine and Science Program where he helped lead the development of many of today’s race safety innovations including Event Data Recorders and the HANS device. John was also a lead engineer for structural integrity and damage tolerance design on the B-2 stealth bomber program with a top secret security clearance while at Northrop.
Waraniak earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has a master’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in engineering management from West Coast University. He also graduated from the California Institute of Technology’s Executive Engineering Management Program. Born and raised in the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan, Waraniak is an avid auto industry, action sports and motocross enthusiast. He lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife Terri and has two sons, Scott and Jeff.
Jeffrey S. Hannah DirectorView Bio
SBD North America
Jeff has more than thirteen years’ experience in the connected vehicle industry, as well as working with cutting-edge high technology companies from around the globe. SBD is the world’s leading knowledge partner to the automotive industry, providing actionable insights to its clients in the development of more connected, safe, and secure cars. Prior to his role with SBD, Jeff was a leading member of General Motor’s Global Connected Consumer Experience organization which included the industry’s leading Telematics service, OnStar, as well as various Infotainment initiatives. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Egil Juliussen PhD - Senior Director & Analyst, Automotive TechnologyView Bio
Egil Juliussen has more than 30 years experience in the computer, communications, Internet and telematics industries. He has extensive experience in technology forecasting, competitive analysis and market forecasting and was Co-Founder of Telematics Research Group (TRG). Juliussen has written columns and papers for many publications and makes presentations, seminars and lectures in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Prior to founding TRG, Juliussen was president and editor of Computer Industry Almanac, which published eight computer and internet industry almanac reference books. He was chairman and co-Founder of Future Computing, an information service company that was the first market research and product testing company for the PC industry. He was also chairman of Workstation Laboratories — a technology lab that specialized in performance analysis of personal computers, workstations and servers.
Previously, Juliussen was with Texas Instruments where he was a strategic and product planner for microprocessors, minicomputers and PCs. He was also employed by Norden, a division of United Technologies, where he designed graphics systems.
He received Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Juliussen is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Donny Seyfer ChairmanView Bio
Automotive Service Association
Co-Owner of Seyfer Automotive, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO. 30 years of automotive experience as a technician, manager and service consultant.
Founded in 1961 Seyfer Automotive provides general repair, maintenance and diagnostic services to owners of late model American, Asian VW and Jaguar automobiles and trucks with a special focus on diagnostic and difficult to solve problems. Donny provides technical support to 3 ASE Master/L1 Technicians and 1 intern.
Seyfer Automotive also provides performance and restoration services for 50s –mid 70s American made vehicles. As part of his duties in that area of the business Donny re-engineers suspensions, engines, fuel systems, integrates late model power trains, emission controls, body controls and HVAC systems.
Donny is an ASE Master /L1 advanced diagnostic technician and C1 Service Consultant.
Since 1994 he has been a participant writing test questions and working on passing score studies for ASE on A4 Suspension and Steering, A2 Automatic Transmission, B5 Body Mechanical and C1 Service Consultant. Many of these tests he has been in every writing session to date.
Susan Beardslee Senior Analyst, ABI ResearchView Bio
Intelligent Transportation & eFreight
Susan Beardslee provides global vehicle research coverage, including telematics solutions, smart transportation, OTA, prognostics, multimodal electric transport, mobile resource management applications, OS and software applications, freight as a service and supply chain innovations.
Susan’s background includes relevant experience in embedded technologies and IoT, advanced automotive, and UAVs. She previously worked for Intel and ON Semiconductor and held a variety of positions with other semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. Her experience includes market research for nascent technologies/use cases across numerous verticals as well as strategy, operations management, competitive analysis, and IT, including cybersecurity management.
Susan holds a B.S. in Marketing as well as an M.B.A with a focus on Supply Chain from Arizona State University.
Mike Ramsey Research DirectorView Bio
Mike Ramsey is a Research Director in Gartner's CIO Research Group. Mike covers smart mobility and the evolution of the automotive industry, including advanced manufacturing, the rise of vehicle autonomy, connected vehicles, suppliers and future technology.
Previously, Mike spent more than a decade covering the automotive industry through its most tumultuous period since the Great Depression. He wrote about the rise of the electric vehicle and vehicle autonomy and the rapidly changing group of businesses that are contributing to the industry.
Mike holds a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from Ohio University.
Andy Toth Investment DirectorView Bio
Startup Autobahn (powered by Plug and Play)
Bio coming soon.
Clem Driscoll Founder & PrincipalView Bio
C.J. Driscoll & Associates
Clement Driscoll is the founder and principal of C.J. Driscoll & Associates, which provides marketing consulting and research services, with emphasis on GPS and wireless products and services for the commercial and consumer markets. He is a leading analyst of the U.S. Mobile Resource Management market, as well as international markets. Mr. Driscoll is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, and Fortune Magazine, as well as leading trade publications such as Fleet Owner magazine.
Dr Paul Sanderson Senior Technical Cyber Security SpecialistView Bio
Dr. Paul Sanderson is the Senior Technical Cyber Security Specialist within SBD with over 22 years of experience. Paul initiated Jaguar Land Rover’s Cyber Security Program and has previously worked in the Defense industry with knowledge and experience across the full lifecycle of systems and software development and related practices within Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance, Force Protection and Physical Security. Paul is a Chartered IT Professional and member of the British Computer Society. Paul is interested in Cyber Security, Security Development Lifecycles, Building Security in Maturity Model, (BSIMM) and specializes in Systems Threat Analysis and Modelling.
Greg Basich Senior AnalystView Bio
Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Automotive Multimedia and Communications service (AMCS), has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive industry as a business-to-business online and print journalist and editor. He has covered a range of segments in the industry, including automotive infotainment and audio, fleet management, alternative-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and aftermarket parts and suppliers.
As an online journalist and editor, Greg stayed at the forefront of auto industry business news and technological developments and now uses that background at Strategy Analytics to provide analysis and actionable advice for the company’s clients.
Prior to his time at Strategy Analytics, Greg was the Web Editor for Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazines for more than two years, and prior to that was the Executive Editor for Mobile Electronics magazine for two years, which focused on the U.S. automotive infotainment segment. He also worked in senior editorial roles on a number of other publications covering various segments of the automotive aftermarket.
Greg holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Chris Gardner Vice President, Programs and Member Services - Member SatisfactionView Bio
Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)
Chris Gardner is responsible for managing the association’s AAPEX activities, AASA Executive Breakfast the AASA AAPEX Event Committee, and new AASA Small & Medium Enterprise CEO Council. He also manages technology and data activities for AASA members. This includes AASA's interest in OptiCat and the AASA Technology Council. He also manages the AASA China Aftermarket Forum and the Fuel Pump Manufacturers Working Group.
Gardner was the vice president of marketing for Management Information Systems Group, Inc., the former e-commerce commercial division of MEMA. His previous experience includes managing an office for Eisbrenner Public Relations, a public relations agency that focuses on the automotive supplier community, editor-in-chief of an automotive trade magazine and as a product engineer with tier one supplier Collins & Aikman. Gardner earned a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University.