Final exhibition keynote speakers announced for Technology in Motion
The organizers of the premier Technology in Motion exhibition are proud to announce the last seven speakers of the keynote lineup. The following leaders — from both the private business and the government spheres — will be joining the previously announced keynote hosts: Matt Simoncini (Lear Corporation), Rachel Bhattacharya (Maven & GM), Chris Reed (Nissan), Jerry Lavine (Magna International), Ingeborg Rocker, Ph.D. (Dassault Systèmes), James Peters (Cisco Systems), Rod Davenport (State of Michigan), and Chase Fraser (Fraser McCombs Capital). The final presenters includes:
Mike Duggan: Mayor of Detroit
Mike Duggan was elected as Mayor of Detroit on Nov. 5, 2013 and took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he governs the city of his birth and where he spent the previous 32 years of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues. While Mayor Duggan was elected largely on his track record of leading successful large-scale financial and operational turnarounds, Detroiters responded strongly to his deep love for the city, which can be seen in his work over the years. During his career he has taken on challenges and untangled problems that directly impact the quality of life of Detroiters, including access to health care, public transportation, crime, blight, expanding recreational opportunities in the city, job creation and more. His immediate priority as Mayor has been to implement a coordinated strategy to address the numerous challenges residents have faced over the years, most notably, blight, public lighting, transportation and public safety. During his first year in office, the city has made significant progress in each of these areas, although he is the first to admit that much work remains. Thanks to new partnerships with Detroit City Council, as well as in Lansing and Washington, D.C., the city now is removing blight at a record pace, has installed more than 35,000 new LED streetlights, secured the purchase of 80 new DDOT buses through federal funds and significantly reduced both police and EMS response times.
Dan Gilbert: Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Majority Owner, 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members. Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $220 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2016, for the seventh consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans is No. 1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” and has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years. Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith). Dan began moving his family of companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Detroit, a full-service real estate firm specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial space based in downtown Detroit. Since then, he has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase and renovate more than 95 commercial properties accounting for more than 15 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today nearly 17,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.
Jim Holland: Vice President of Vehicle Components and System Engineering at Ford Motor Company
Jim Holland is Ford Motor Company’s vice president, Vehicle Components and Systems Engineering. His role is central to the company’s commitment to develop Ford and Lincoln vehicles with top quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart technology and value, globally. During his 33 years with Ford, Holland led as chief engineer for Explorer and Global Hybrid Vehicle Strategy, as well as chief program engineer for the Range Rover vehicle line. He has held leadership positions at Ford Asia Pacific as engineering director and car and truck vehicle line director. Holland has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers International for the past 30 years. He is also a board of trustee for the University of Detroit Mercy, and a board member for the Michigan Science Center. Holland holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Dr. Burkhard Huhnke: Senior Vice President of e-Mobility & Product Innovation at Volkswagen Group of America
In August 2016 Burkhard Huhnke became Senior VP of e-Mobility & Product Innovation in Belmont, California. One of his main tasks is to guide the organization through the transformation process into the era of digitalization. He leads the product line of Volkswagen’s electrical cars in the North American Region. Previously he represented the company in the $260 million private and public funded project IACMI – Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation as the VP of Product Innovation of the Engineering and Planning Center of Volkswagen Group of America to mainly foster innovations. IACMI is a U.S. Department of Energy supported composites manufacturing hub. Relocating back to the U.S. in 2014, Burkhard led the product engineering team at the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant and served as a Board Member for Product Engineering. He was in charge of the Volkswagen Passat and Atlas. At Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Dr. Huhnke initiated and implemented Europe’s largest test laboratory for automotive battery packages and components for the Volkswagen Group and worked on the e-traction projects, e-Golf and e-Up. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Huhnke was the Executive Director of Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, CA. He initiated the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Center (VAIL) at the Stanford University Campus together with Stanford Professors Thrun, Nass and Gerdes. He was the project leader for the autonomous car Volkswagen Passat Junior, participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge and the Pikes Peak hill climbing driverless Audi TTS.
Trevor Milton: Founder, President and CEO at Nikola Motor Company
Nikola is led by its founder, Trevor Milton, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the company as its president and CEO. He has led Nikola Motor Company from startup to more than $4 billion in preorder reservations for the Nikola hydrogen electric truck. Prior to starting Nikola Motor Company, Trevor was CEO of dHybrid Systems, LLC a natural gas storage technology company that was acquired by one of America’s largest steel providers, Worthington Industries, Inc. Trevor is also the author of several patents and has helped advance green technologies through his years of industry experience. He holds a controlling interest in Nikola Motor Company and has directed research, development and prototype assembly of the Nikola One from the beginning. Trevor has also assisted in design of nearly every part of the Nikola One truck: rotor / stator, inverters, controllers, DC to DC, motor gearbox, thermal management, battery and ESS, infotainment and much more. Trevor is a proven leader with a passion for sustainable energy projects through disruptive technologies. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and is semi-fluent in Spanish having lived in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Paul Rogers: Director of Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) at US Army
Dr. Paul D. Rogers serves as the Director of TARDEC where he is responsible for providing executive management to deliver advanced technology solutions for all Department of Defense ground systems and combat support equipment. Dr. Rogers is a member of the Army Senior Executive Service. As the TARDEC Director, Dr. Rogers manages a workforce of more than 1,700 engineers, scientists, researchers, and support staff and sets strategic direction for a full range of investments that affect more than 270 Army systems. With an annual budget of more than $475 million, Dr. Rogers ensures TARDEC provides vigilance and resourcefulness to deliver solutions within cost and on schedule so our soldiers can dominate on the battlefield. Dr. Rogers previously served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems where he managed the development, systems integration, acquisition, testing, fielding, sustainment and improvement of ground combat systems in accordance with the Army’s transformation campaign plan. The Ground Combat Systems Program has an annual budget of more than $2.9 billion with a total program cost of more than $18.46 billion (POM FY14-18). Dr. Rogers’ responsibilities included ensuring that all of the coordination and communication is achieved for a complex and diverse organization with two Pre-MDAP programs (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and Ground Combat Vehicle) and four ACAT I programs, including the Paladin Integrated Management, Abrams Tank Upgrade, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Upgrade and the Stryker Armored Vehicle System. Additionally, he oversaw four ACAT II programs as well as approximately 100 other weapons system programs.
Kathy Winter: Vice President of Automated Driving Group and General Manager of Automated Solutions Division at Intel
Kathy manages a global organization to deliver comprehensive platforms for Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) solutions. She leads a team that is developing in-car platforms needed to create increasingly sophisticated solutions for highly autonomous driving needs and is aligning the breadth of Intel’s assets to deliver end-to-end platforms for fully autonomous solutions. Prior to joining Intel earlier this year, Kathy led automated driving efforts, global new-growth strategies for embedded and aftermarket software products, and cloud-based automotive and consumer services at Delphi Electronics & Safety. Named one of Automotive News’ Top 100 Impactful Women in the Automotive Industry, she and her team won numerous awards, such as the Edison Award for Innovation, Popular Mechanics Best, and USA Today’s Readers’ Choice for Road Trippers. And in April of 2015, she developed and executed the first-ever, record-breaking cross-country drive by an autonomous vehicle. Prior to Delphi, Kathy spent many years at Motorola where she led their entry-level Android smart phone business encompassing all aspects of product lifecycle management including software, hardware, service plans and 3rd party applications.
All of the announced keynote speakers will give their presentations in the AVL Theater of the TIM Detroit exhibition. To hear from these speakers and more, register for TIM Detroit, Sept. 6-8 2017. Exhibition tickets at $10 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass, and conference tickets (which include access to the exhibition) are $150.