Speaker bios

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.

Genevieve Cullen
is the president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a cross-industry trade association promoting the electrification of transportation. Before joining EDTA, she provided energy policy analysis for the executive and legislative branches, including serving as energy counsel to Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN). As energy counsel, she worked on diverse energy and industry issues, including climate change and air quality, transportation and federal energy efficiency policies, and utility regulation. Genevieve has substantial experience as an advocate for private sector initiatives, with an emphasis on energy policy and environmental technology.

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.

Dr. Wayne Eckerle is vice president corporate research and technology at Cummins Inc. Since joining Cummins in 1989, Wayne has held leadership positions in metrology, quality, fuel systems technology, thermal and fluid sciences, and advanced engineering. In his present position, Wayne is responsible for developing and integrating technology for Cummins’ next generation of products.

Derek Ellis is a senior applications engineer for Computer Aided Technology, Inc., the nation’s original resource for SolidWorks and dealer for Stratasys Additive Manufacturing equipment. Derek has been involved in the Additive Manufacturing industry since 1991 working for a service bureau along with supplying the Additive Manufacturing community with equipment and supplies for secondary operations such as RTV molding and bridge tooling. In his current role Derek is responsible for the company’s technical pre-sales efforts, FDM Insight software training and Additive Manufacturing part benchmarking. Derek has served on the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) board in the role of Secretary and Vice President. Contributions include the expansion of the AMUGexpo, scanning-reverse engineering and inspection track, along with coordinating first time conference attendees’ orientation.

Robert Gordon is the Deputy Director of the Fleet Management Department for DeKalb County Georgia. He has 30 years of professional work experience in the Fleet Management industry with 16 years of government fleet experience and 14 years of experience with truck leasing organizations. Robert has earned a Certificate of Public Works Management and an Advanced Certificate of Public Works Management through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. He is on the board of directors for Clean Cities Georgia and serves on advisory committees at Warren Tech, Southern Crescent Tech, Whitfield County Career Academy and Atlanta Metropolitan College.

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.

Dr. Siddiq Khan leads the heavy-duty vehicle work at ACEEE. He conducts and manages research on transportation efficiency, engine and vehicle technologies, and freight issues.  He provides technical inputs to federal transportation rulemaking and legislations.  Dr. Khan is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Transportation Energy and SAE Exhaust, After-treatment, and Emissions Committee.

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.

Paul Lauria is president and co-founder of Mercury Associates.During his 30-year consulting career, he has evaluated the truck and heavy equipment fleet management practices of countless organizations across a broad spectrum of industries. Clients have included government agencies, as well as mining, manufacturing, petroleum, solid waste collection, transportation and utility companies. In the last two years, Paul has conducted seven fleet management best practices workshops in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over the course of his career, he has given presentations and workshops in 19 countries.

Robert L. McCormick is a principal engineer and platform leader in the Fuels Performance group of the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The center is focused on researching technologies that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Dr. McCormick leads a team focused on utilization of advanced biofuels. This research includes biofuel and blending component quality and quality specifications, fuel stability and handling, compatibility with modern engines and infrastructure, pollutant emissions effects, and impact on engine and emission control system durability. Over the past decade a major focus of this work has been utilization issues for biodiesel and ethanol.

Robert McGaughey, CSWE is the Emerging Products Manager at Computer Aided Technology, LLC, provides comprehensive technical pre-sales support including the training of personnel on product demonstrations, product positioning, and competitive overviews. Robert also serves as a product liaison for SolidWorks pre-sales and marketing activities. Currently identifying and implementing emerging technologies to help CATI’s customers be at the cutting edge of their industries. He is very active in the SOLIDWORKS design and Additive Manufacturing communities for over 15 years.

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.

Steve Miller is an author, a professional speaker, and business advisor, known for his edgy, no-spin-zone style. He’s the son of the co-inventor of the 8-track, played on the PGA Tour, worked in the copper mines of Arizona, and even worked in Hollywood (all of which means he’s basically unemployable). Since founding The Adventure LLC in 1984, Steve’s consulting clients have ranged from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 mega-corporations.

Terry Pe serves as vice president of product development for LINE-X Protective Coatings. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day responsibilities of new product development, chemical production, product testing and cultivating new business relationships with chemical suppliers. Pe advises senior management on new and upcoming product technology and its current and future marketplace development.

Tucker Perkins is the chief operating officer for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), where he leads the team responsible for creating propane-fueled products. His team works with manufacturers, distributors and users to commercialize propane technology. Tucker has worked in the propane industry for over 26 years, having served as the director of business development for Inergy, chief executive officer of Premier Propane, and chief operating officer of Columbia Propane. He is also the former chairman of the PERC Engine Fuel Advisory Committee and is active with the National Propane Gas Association, state associations, Industrial Truck Association and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Dara Pido is a technical support manager for Cummins Sales and Service Gulf Region. In this role, Dara works with and trains customers on Cummins engines and software. Offering special assistance on hard to diagnose assistance and customized on-site training.

Bob Renella is an application engineer at Computer Aided Technology, a company that implements product development solutions. A frequent speaker at industry events, Bob specializes in 3D scanning technology and Solidworks design software with an emphasis on reverse engineering and quality control. Bob has background experience in technical and management positions involving medical, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

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.

Amy Hirsh Robinson is a leading expert on the changing workforce and impact of generational shifts on organizations. She consults to Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses and not-for-profits to prepare and retool leaders and their workforces to excel and compete in the New Economy. Amy has been cited and quoted in publications such as Forbes, Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

Michael Roeth
is the executive director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and leads the Trucking Efficiency Operations for the Carbon War Room. Mike’s specialty is brokering green truck collaborative technologies into the real world at scale. He has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 30 years and currently serves on the second National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles and is a Department of Energy Merit Reviewer for the SuperTruck programs.

Steve Saltzgiver is a manager with Mercury Associates with nearly 40 years of experience in the fleet industry. After beginning his career as a bus mechanic with Utah Transit, he rose steadily through the ranks of the fleet management profession, holding positions as a municipal fleet manager, state government fleet manager in the states of Utah and Georgia, vice president of fleet operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and vice president of fleet management for Republic Industries.

Reuben Sarkar
is the deputy assistant secretary for transportation at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He oversees the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Sustainable Transportation area, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices, all with a focus to reduce the nation’s oil dependence, avoid pollution and create jobs by designing and manufacturing petroleum alternatives and more energy efficient cars and trucks. Before joining the DOE, Reuben was leading business development and strategy for Proterra, a manufacturer of electric buses and fast charging stations, with prior leadership roles in engineering.

Josh Schneider is the founder of The Millennial & Employee Engagement Institute. While working for a CPA firm, he learned first-hand the cost of disengagement and how Millennials worked. This experience inspired him to form a coaching company and work with organizations and individuals to increase performance, energy and happiness. Josh also wrote the book Generation NEXTLEVEL, which calls the next generation of leaders to play to their strengths and do work that matters. From labor studies and engagement work with Sikorsky Aircraft to working with small business owners, Josh understands the future of the workforce and how to engage it.

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.

Matthew Spears is currently responsible for directing the development of EPA’s heavy duty diesel emissions regulations. These include emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, buses, construction and agricultural equipment, locomotives, and marine engines. Spears has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1998.

Matt Stewart
is the fleet manager for Jefferson County, located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Matt began work in fleet management at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois, and later as a senior automotive equipment analyst for the City of Chicago, responsible for purchasing vehicles, equipment and services with a focus on environmental and efficiency efforts, fleet utilization and replacement practices. Since 2013, he has been applying data-based practices developed in Chicago in a smaller fleet environment.

Doyle Sumrall's insights come from more than 30 years of engineering and business management experience. Prior to his current management role at the NTEA, he held several executive positions, including vice president of manufacturing for Stahl/Scott Fetzer Companyand director of engineering and operations and general manager of hydraulics for WALTCO Truck Equipment Co.

Stephen S. Tam
is the vice president of ACT Research Co., LLC. Since being promoted to his current position in October 2008, he was appointed to the board of directors and became a managing member of ACT Research in September 2016. He is ACT’s principal light- and medium-duty vehicle market analyst. He also leads the used truck market efforts for ACT. His other responsibilities include project and database management; and collection, analysis, and reporting of specialty data series, such as private and publicly traded carriers.

Steve Weiser was recruited by ComEd in 2015 and accepted the position of senior government equipment compliance specialist supporting a utility fleet of 5,000 assets. He provides the procurement function along with additional fleet management input. He has been serving the Fleet Industry since 1987, as both a fleet manager and procurement specialist. His nearly thirty years of direct fleet experience encompasses both public and private fleets.

Shannan Vlieger is the director of operational excellence at Douglas Dynamics, LLC, where she leads a team committed to continuous improvement through the Douglas Dynamics Management System (DDMS). She has more than 15 years of experience executing continuous improvement and waste elimination throughout diverse manufacturing and business processes. Shannan received her Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Marquette University. She earned a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from her tenure at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and a Lean Manufacturing Certification from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Shannan is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

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.