SPEAKERS AND TOPICS2018-09-29T22:39:12+00:00

SAC 2018 is gaining momentum with forward-thinking speakers from all spheres of the automotive world, including Industry 4.0, Autonomous Vehicles and Emerging Tech, and Workforce Development. Our Keynote, Breakout, and Specialty Speaker lineup is lit with industry movers and shakers that are leading the automotive future. Go to the Full Schedule to find out just when you should grab a front-row seat to stay on top of the latest industry information!

Check back in for updates of who’s who for 2018 – and prepare to see some familiar faces! For more information on the speakers themselves, visit our Meet the Speakers page in the main menu. 

  • Chris Andrews – Director of Mobility and Innovation, Pratt & Miller – Panelist, Mobility Panel

  • Raj Batra – President, Siemens Digital Factory Division – Your Digital Journey: Make Manufacturing A Competitive Weapon

  • Lynn Blake – Vice President of Mobility, PSA North America, Inc. – Panelist, Mobility Panel

  • Mark Brazeal – Vice President, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. – Panelist, OEM Panel

  • Stuart Countess – Chief Administrative Officer, KIA/KMMG – Panelist, OEM Panel

  • Dr. Claus Daniel – Director of Sustainable Transportation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Panelist, The Future is Already Here Panel

  • Governor Nathan Deal – Governor, State of Georgia – Governor’s Address

  • Jimmy D’Emilio – Procurement Manager, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – Innovation Test Track

  • David Eyes – Moderator, Workforce Development Panel

  • Daniel Groves – Director of Operations, CURT and CEO, CLMA – Flash Presentation: Beyond Labor Shortages: The Essential Changes for Southeast Growth

  • Mel Haas – Partner, Constangy Brooks – Panelist, Staying Out of Trouble Panel

  • Linda Hasenfratz – CEO, Linamar – Tier 1 Perspective

  • Seth Hudson – Attorney, Clements Bernard Walker – Moderator, Staying Out of Trouble Panel

  • Jay Jones – Corporate Chaplain, Blue Bird Corporation – Invocation

  • Allie Kelly – Executive Director, The Ray – Panelist, The Future is Already Here Panel

  • Rusty Kruciak – Principal, 2nd Generation Capital – Innovation Test Track

  • Alisyn Malek – COO and Co-Founder, May Mobility, Inc – Panelist, Mobility Panel

  • Professor Carsten Maple – University of Warwick, UK – Panelist, Cyber Security Panel

  • Jonathan Martin – Partner, Constangy Brooks – Panelist, Staying Out of Trouble Panel

  • Kevin McAtamney – Plant Quality Director, Volvo – Panelist, OEM Panel

  • Jane Karwoski McCracken – ATDC Interim Director, GA Tech – Innovation Test Track

  • Ryan Miller – Programs Manager and Associate Director of External Operations, Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence – Panelist, Workforce Development Panel

  • Bill Principe – Partner, Constangy Brooks – Flash Presentation

  • Dr. Hagen Radowski – President and CEO, MHP Americas- A Porsche Company – Automotive Paradigm Shifts made in the USA

  • Gary Silberg – National Sector Lead Partner for the Automotive Industry/Global Lead Partner for Delphi Corporation and Ford Motor Company, KPMG – State of the Industry

  • Jack Sisk – CEO, Technology Acceleration and Innovation Services – Innovation Test Track

  • Jonathan Smoke – Chief Economist, Cox Automotive – The Outlook for a Shifting US Auto Market

  • Mike Stonecipher – Senior Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute – Innovation Test Track

  • Jianan Sun – Innovation Hub Solution Architect, Mercedes-Benz USA – Innovation Test Track

  • Timothy Szymcek – Vice President, JD Power – Quality System Overview

  • Brad Thacker – Senior Director, Parts Quality Engineering, North America, Nissan – Panelist, OEM Panel

  • Jeff Thompson – Partner, Constangy Brooks – Flash Presentation

  • Gilbert Valdez – Vice President, JLL – Panelist, Staying Out of Trouble Panel

  • John Waraniak – Vice President, Vehicle Technology, SEMA – Racing to Autonomy – Flash Presenter, OEM Panel and Racing to Autonomy Breakout Session

  • Lang Ware – Director of Supply Chain Operations, AIAG – Panelist, Cyber Security Panel

  • Davis Woodruff – President, Management Methods – Moderator, Cyber Security Panel

  • Tim Yerdon – President, Plymouth Technology Advisors, LLC – Moderator, Mobility Panel and Innovation Test Track