Speaker bios

Chris Bate is the director of marketing at Samsara, provider of internet-connected sensor systems. Samsara's intelligent fleet technology platform integrates GPS, compliance, safety, and connectivity into a unified system. At Samsara, Bate helps enterprise customers use sensor technology to gain contextual real time intelligence about their fleet operations.

Dr. Albert D. Bates is founder and Chairman of the Profit Planning Group, a research and executive education firm headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The firm works exclusively in the area of corporate financial planning. He makes approximately 100 presentations each year on topics such as Improving the Bottom Line, Getting Serious About Profit, Doing More with Less, and Pricing for Profit. He also provides strategic direction for the firm’s investigation into profitability research for over seventy different trade associations.

Kevin Beaty is president of YUNEV LLC, where he consults for corporations, institutional investors, startups, and other privately held firms. Recent clients include Michelin and the Rocky Mountain Institute among others. Prior to forming YUNEV, Mr. Beaty held a series of executive, engineering and business leadership roles at CALSTART, Eaton Corporation, Woodward Controls, and Southwest Research Institute.

Michael Britt has spent 31 years at UPS. He has worked in different capacities spending time in operations, industrial engineering and automotive engineering. For 10 years he worked in California as the Region Automotive Engineering Manager and has a clear understanding of the environmental concerns in that state. Michael has led efforts in alternative fuel projects and technology development for the domestic fleet and recently for the international fleet.

Jim Bigelow
is the Sr. Director of Fleet at Cox Enterprises where is oversees a fleet of 13,000 vehicles. Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a leading communications, media and automotive services company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Major subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc.; Cox Automotive; Cox Media Group. The company's major national brands include AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak.

Sara Burnam, CAFM, is the director of fleet management for Palm Beach County, where she manages 4,300 assets. Sara previously worked for the State of Ohio as a Fleet Analyst, where she managed the fuel card program for the State of Ohio and the Fleet Plans for 21 state agencies.  This included utilization, mileage reimbursements, inventory, cost per mile, vehicle replacements, and vehicle disposal. 

Todd Carlson is the principal manager for fleet asset management at Southern California Edison. He manages the company’s fleet planning, standards, design, ordering, delivery, leasing and sale processes for more than 6,100 SCE assets with a replacement value of almost $600 M. His team also manages nearly $12 M in annual equipment rental spend, fleet regulatory compliance, and the Telematics system that remotely monitors the fleet’s performance.

Dean Cerimeli is the Chief operating officer for 360˚ Solutions. He Orchestrates operations at 360˚ Solutions, one of the largest buyers and suppliers of used automotive parts in the world. He facilitates and streamlines operations following a recent company merger. Cerimeli is also the COO of Original One Parts and Owner of Hunter Brody, LLC.

Joe Dalum is president and CEO of Odyne Systems, LLC, a leader in hybrid systems and electrification technology for medium and heavy duty trucks. Joe has over 30 years of experience in the automotive and truck industries. Prior to founding Odyne in 2009, Dalum was previously executive VP of a large final stage truck manufacturer and helped bring new technology from initial concept into high volume production for Delphi Automotive.

Susan Dehne brings approximately 30 years of OEM engineering and management experience to NTEA. Since November 2015, she leads the Technical Services Department as the Association continues to expand those offerings on behalf of its membership and the industry as a whole. During her career, Susan has held various leadership positions at Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler. At both companies, she led teams in the creation and implementation of vehicle and system processes and designed new organizations as well.

Julie Furber is responsible for electrification for Cummins as markets move to adopt electrified power. She is helping to establish Cummins as a market leader. Prior to that, she was responsible for product planning and product management across engine business unit, including all new product programs, along with responsibility for market-based innovation and new business incubation.

Bill Gaines is the chairman and senior engineer at Transfer Flow Inc. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering in 1972, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he accepted an engineering position with General Motors. He worked at two assembly plants and was promoted to senior tooling and manufacturing engineer at General Motors Central Office. In 1983, Gaines founded Transfer Flow, Incorporated, a manufacturing company in Chico, California. Today, his daughter and son-in-law run the company, which employees more than 105 people.

Cyndi Gave is the president of the Metiss Group. As a student of human behavior, her approach to solving workplace performance issues are practical, effective, demonstrable and intuitive. As a business leader and entrepreneur at heart and in practice, Cyndi demonstrates her passion for aligning talent management strategies to business objectives. A regular expert speaker, Cyndi shares the insights gained from advising CEOs and leaders in team selection, performance, and growth.

Doug Hanawalt is a productivity improvement specialist with the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center which provides high value, affordable solutions to help manufacturing businesses increase profitability. Doug has over 30 years’ experience in the manufacture of automotive components including several manufacturing engineering and operations management positions. The majority of his career was spent at Ford Motor Company where he was responsible for various manufacturing operations in high volume, close tolerance machining and assembly operations including a/c compressors, power steering pumps and rack and pinion steering gear components.

Ed Hlava has more than 25 years of manufacturing management experience in both operations and a manufacturing environment. As a Lean/Six Sigma Champion, Black Belt mentor and certified Green Belt, he has successfully applied these methodologies to prioritize, manage, develop and sustain process efficiencies.

Steve Latin-Kasper started his career as a statistician with the Department of Commerce. Since 1999, he has focused his efforts on research and analysis of market data and economic indicators for the work truck industry. He was appointed to the U.S. Government’s Industrial Trade Advisory Committee for capital equipment and is currently a member of the National Association for Business Economics. In 2008, he was named one of Bloomberg’s top economic forecasters.

Bill Kraus has nearly 50 years of direct hands on manufacturing experience.  He spent 28 years with Monsanto Chemical Company, Engelhard Corporation and two privately held companies at Superintendent, General Manager and Vice President levels.  His areas of responsibility involved construction, maintenance and manufacturing within 12 manufacturing plants across the U.S.  In 1996, he joined the Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions NIST MEP team.

Christopher Lyon started his career with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, where he was ultimately responsible for all vehicle and equipment purchasing for the district’s diverse fleet. He promoted the alternative fuel movement through active involvement with the Chicago Area Clean Cities and the Illinois Partners for Clean Air. Since July 2015, he has served as director of fleet relations for NTEA.

Robert S. Martinez was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Support Services Bureau in September of 2014.  Prior to that, since May of 2010 he was Executive Director of the Support Services Bureau.  He joined the New York City Police Department in June 1986, and was assigned to the Fleet Services Division as an Auto Service Worker.  Through diligence and educational achievement, he rose through the supervisory ranks until being appointed overall Director of the Fleet Services Division in 2006.

David Meisel is director of transportation services for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). In his role, Meisel leads PG&E’s transportation services organization and its more than 433 employees where he manages a fleet of over 14,000 vehicles. His responsibilities include garage operations at 68 locations, fleet acquisition and disposition, fleet engineering, aircraft & helicopter operations, DOT regulatory compliance and the fleet information technology organization. Meisel has more than 35 years of fleet and logistics experience.

Kevin Moore is the vice president, global OEM sales for Verizon Telematics. He combines more than 15 years of transportation and logistics leadership experience with 20 years of applying the use of technology to improve supply chain efficiency, business operations and mobile resource management. Kevin’s background in technology includes the application of mobile computing technologies, transportation and supply chain management software and cloud computing technologies.

Stacy Noblet has worked in the clean transportation industry for more than a decade. She oversees numerous projects that aim to reduce petroleum use and emissions in the transportation sector, including through alternative fuel and advanced vehicle deployment. Noblet provides project management, outreach, technical assistance, and overall program support to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy for the Clean Cities program and the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Bob Raybuck 
has more than 25 years of engineering experience focused on commercial vehicles, Bob Raybuck is an expert on the technical issues and challenges facing manufacturers and distributors. In his role, he keeps abreast of all government safety standards and proposed rules, including Federal Excise Tax.

Graydon Reitz
is vehicle line director of Ford Motor Company’s truck, commercial, and large sport utility vehicles, where he is responsible for total product program management including product leadership, quality, fuel economy, customer-driven features, product innovation, and financial management. Reitz’s product portfolio includes the F150, Super Duty, Expedition, E-Series, Medium Truck, and the new Bronco.

M. Paul Rivera
is president of Ricardo Inc. North America. He led the business development and program management teams for Quantum Technologies, a pioneer in sustainable transportation solutions; such as hybrid technology, ultra-light Hydrogen and CNG storage systems, and automotive solar applications.

Kary Schaefer
is the General Manager of Marketing and Strategy for Freightliner and Detroit Brands, as well as overall vehicle platform strategy at Daimler Trucks North America.  Schaefer joined Daimler Trucks North America in 1995 after holding engineering positions at Pacific Testing Laboratories and Boeing Aerospace in Seattle, Washington.

Steve Spata 
is a technical assistance director withNTEA.He has served as an engineer in the automotive industry for twenty five years, having worked for Ford Motor Co and two Tier 1 automotive suppliers before joining the NTEA. Since 1994, he has worked more specifically with industry and government to further the safety and quality of many different forms of commercial vehicles. Most recently, he represents the NTEA as a partner in a comprehensive program with several Federal Agencies to improve ambulance crash safety and is a member of several different ambulance standards development committees.

George Survant has served in a variety of positions, including 25 years as a telecom fleet leader, 17 years as a power company fleet leader, and four years as an executive in the fleet safety certification and inspection industry. He has managed operations in 49 of the 50 states, with employees in several countries across the Pacific Rim.

Kirste Webb is the Executive Director for Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is inspiring the next generation to consider careers in advanced manufacturing. VCSC has deployed a mobile classroom equipped with tools and systems to provide students the opportunity to see what the industry looks like today and what the future holds. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA, Marketing, from the University of Phoenix, and she is a Fellow with the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

Chris Weiss is the vice president of engineering for The Knapheide Manufacturing. Knapheide is the nation’s leading work vehicle solution provider focusing on bringing productive and efficient solutions to customers.  With over 25 years of experience in vehicle engineering, Weiss has focused engineering and development on expanding new products while bringing new technologies and increased efficiencies to existing products to meet customer’s needs.

Tony Yankovich is a senior manager for Mercury Associates, Inc. Leading the company’s facilities planning group, he specializes in space-needs assessments and program and planning. He also conducts facilities network consolidation analysis. Throughout his past 12 years at Mercury, Tony has directed, managed and participated in hundreds of fleet management consultations across North America, as well as represented the company at numerous speaking engagements and in publications. Prior to joining Mercury, Tony acted as senior manager for facilities programming at Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corporation. He was also a senior fleet management consultant for Maximus, Inc.

Bruce York is the medium and heavy duty vehicles division chief in NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation. Before assuming his current position, he served nine years investigating safety defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. Bruce collected, analyzed, evaluated, and closed 22 investigations leading to 20 safety recalls of nearly 16 million vehicles. Prior to Bruce’s work with the DOT, he spent over thirteen years managing contracts within private and government sectors as well as managing engineers and designing hardware for private aviation companies and the and U.S. military.