January 24-26, 2018
Washington, D.C., USA
Keynote & Plenary Speakers
Daniel C. Smith
Daniel Smith is the Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a position he has held since October 2010. His office is responsible for rulemaking, research, and enforcement in the areas of vehicle safety and fuel economy and the collection, analysis and dissemination of all highway safety data. Dan received a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive in 2010.
Dan served as the Associate Administrator for Enforcement at NHTSA for the preceding five years. In that job he provided executive leadership to offices responsible for assuring compliance with the federal motor vehicle safety standards through crash tests and other methods; investigating possible defects in motor vehicles and equipment; ensuring that safety recalls occur; collecting penalties for violations of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; conducting criminal investigations of odometer fraud violations; and implementing the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS).
He has managed hundreds of successful investigations involving noncompliant or defective vehicles and equipment (including tires and child seats) that resulted in recalls.
In 2009, Dan led a NHTSA-wide team that developed and implemented the CARS program (known popularly as "Cash for Clunkers") within 30 days of enactment of the authorizing statute; processed nearly 700,000 transactions worth nearly $3 billion in 30 days; and paid over 99% of valid claims in the next 30 days. The program provided a significant boost to the nation's economy at a critical time and ensured the replacement of nearly 700,000 gas guzzling vehicles by more fuel-efficient models.
Just before joining NHTSA, Dan was the Associate Administrator for Safety at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He provided leadership for the entire railroad safety program, including regulatory development, safety inspection, accident investigation, and enforcement actions. He led the development of the Rail Safety Action Plan, a comprehensive response to critical safety issues that reduced train accidents when implemented. Dan spent most of his 27 years at FRA as an attorney, first as a trial attorney and, for 13 years, as the Assistant Chief Counsel for Safety. In that role he managed a large division of lawyers that handled enforcement, rulemaking, litigation, and legislation for the safety program.
Dan attended law school at the University of San Diego and has a master's degree (from the University of Wisconsin) and bachelor's degree (University of Detroit) in political science. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bar associations.
Phil Gott is Managing Director, for IHS Automotive. Phil draws upon over 35 years automotive industry experience assessing forward looking technical, business, regulatory and societal trends to help senior management improve their decision-making. Phil has employed the scenario approach to help management improve the competitiveness of their business in uncertain times, and create and implement technical, business and/or market entry strategies to achieve targeted business results.
He has served the automotive industry since 1975 and has assisted a number of automobile and truck manufacturers, many global suppliers, NGOs and government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and The European Commission as they develop winning future strategies or address critical societal needs.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the honorary engineering society, Pi Tau Sigma.
Senior Vice President
Fleishman-Hillard International Communications
Jason Vines, 51, is a senior vice president with Fleishman-Hillard, specializing in crisis management and new product introduction.
Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, Mr. Vines served as vice president-communications for Zondervan, a Grand Rapids, MI-based publishing arm of NewsCorp and as a communications consultant in his own firm. Before joining Zondervan, he was given the responsibility of rebranding the image of Compuware, the 35-year-old international computer software and services company.
Vines served as the top communications professional for three automakers between 1998 and 2007. In 2003, DaimlerChrysler named him vice president-Communications to lead all internal and external communications and revamp the tattered image of the Chrysler Group. Mr. Vines was named "Top PR Professional" in the automotive industry in 2005 and 2006 by Automotive News, and was awarded with IABC-Detroit's "2005 Communicator of the Year."
From 2002 to 2003, Vines served as Managing Director and Partner of Strata@comm, a Washington D.C.-based strategic communications counseling firm. Key clients included Daimler, General Motors, U.S. Department of Defense, bottled water industry and beer and wine wholesalers. He successfully led efforts to uncover hypocrisy of anti-SUV groups including Fenton Communications, Arianna Huffington, WWJD and ELF.
Beginning in 2000, Vines was Ford Motor Company's worldwide head of communications, where he led communication efforts through the 2000-2001 Firestone tire crisis. Also during his tenure, he led the development and launch of one of the most successful safety campaigns in U.S. history, Boost America!, a program to encourage booster seat usage for child passengers 4-8 years old.
Nissan North America appointed Mr. Vines vice president-Communications in 1998 to help revamp Nissan's image when company was on brink of bankruptcy. He became de-facto head of all Nissan communications after Renault gained controlling interest in Japanese automaker. He was given the additional responsibility of leading Government Affairs in 1999. Mr. Vines was named "Top PR Professional" in the automotive industry in 1999 by Automotive News.
Mr. Vines began his career at Chrysler in 1983 as Research Analyst/Labor Economist in the Labor Relations Office. He later moved into Employee Communications and eventually into Public Relations. When the issue arose of deploying air bags killing children in the front seat of a car, Vines led Chrysler's efforts -- joined by AAA, pediatricians nationwide and NHTSA - to encourage children 13 years and younger to sit in the backseat. The nationwide program, "The Back is Where It's At," reached millions of children and families and child deaths due to air bag deployment became a non-issue overnight.
From 1993 to the end of 1995, Vines was loaned by Chrysler to the lobbying organization of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors -- AAMA in Washington D.C. -- to help bolster the industry's image. There he worked as a top PR counsel to then-President and later Bush 43 Chief of Staff Andrew Card. At AAMA, he helped lead communication campaigns against New England states adopting costly and unnecessary California clean air standards, as well as passage of NAFTA and trade talks with Japan and Korea.
Mr. Vines received a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University in 1984 and a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Communications/Theater from Central College in Pella, Iowa in 1982.
Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing automakers in the United States.
Bainwol is a strong advocate of automobility, manufacturing and auto industry jobs. "Autos drive America. We depend on cars for everything, from getting to work to going on family vacations; autos simply are interwoven in the fabric of American life. When you think about it, just about every car trip ends with either an economic transaction or some other benefit," said Bainwol. "There's a core belief that the destiny of this industry and the destiny of this country are linked, that we must have a vibrant manufacturing sector. There's no more important component to a vibrant manufacturing sector than the making of automobiles."
Bainwol previously served as President and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the nation's major music labels. During his eight years at RIAA (2003-2011), the music industry transformed to meet the new digital world, and Bainwol helped lead the music industry's campaign to curb piracy, protecting intellectual property rights and securing needed Congressional reforms such as the PRO-IP Act, which updates the nation's anti-piracy laws. Bainwol also helped revitalize a coalition of music organizations that worked together on industry issues.
Bainwol came to the recording industry after a 25-year-long career in federal policymaking and politics. During his Capitol Hill time, Bainwol was chief of staff to two United States Senators, two political committees and several Senate leadership offices. He is also widely recognized for his campaign capabilities. Bainwol began his career as a budget analyst in President Ronald Reagan's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The Washington Post called Mr. Bainwol a "Top D.C. Lobbyist and Man in Demand." Capitol Hill's Roll Call newspaper included him as one of the 50 most influential "politicos" in Washington. Campaigns and Elections magazine named him a "Mover and Shaker." Mr. Bainwol was born in Munich where his father was stationed. He grew up in Germany, the Canal Zone, Maryland, and Thailand before graduating from Frankfurt American High School. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.
Bainwol serves on the boards of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the Bryce Harlow Foundation among others.
Transportation Program Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
Roland Hwang is the Natural Resources Defense Council's Transportation Program Director and works on sustainable transportation policies. Mr. Hwang has been with NRDC's San Francisco office since October 2000. He is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies. He serves on various advisory panels, including for the AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicles Program, the California Hydrogen Highway Network Advisory Panel, the Automotive X Prize, and the Western Governors' Association Transportation Fuels for the Future Initiative. He is the author or contributing author of eleven NRDC reports analyzing clean energy technologies and policies. Mr. Hwang was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Hwang also brings to NRDC experience in energy demand forecasting and air pollution regulation. Before joining NRDC, Mr. Hwang was the Director of the Transportation Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in the Berkeley, California office. Mr. Hwang has also worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as an Air Pollution Engineer. At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Mr. Hwang was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills.
Mr. Hwang received a Bachelors from the University of California at Davis in 1986 and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution in 1988. He received a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992.
Adrian K. Lund
Adrian K. Lund is president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and its affiliate, the Highway Loss Data Institute. Dr. Lund earned his doctoral degree in Social Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975 and served as an assistant professor in Residence in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health at the University of Connecticut Health Center from 1974 - 1981, where he researched people's health activities. Since joining IIHS as a Behavioral Scientist in 1981, Dr Lund's research has spanned the range of driver, vehicle, and roadway factors involved in the safety of motor vehicle travel. His publications include studies of young drivers and driver education, alcohol and drug use among private and commercial drivers, occupant restraints use and effectiveness, and vehicle design as it affects driver behavior and crashworthiness. As senior vice president for research from 1993 - 2001, he directed the development of the Institute's extensive vehicle testing program. During his career at IIHS, Dr. Lund has served on a number of government and nongovernmental committees addressing ways to reduce the injuries, fatalities, and property damage from motor vehicle crashes. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Public Health Association, and American Psychological Association.
Ron Medford was sworn in as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation in January 2010. He served as Acting Deputy Administrator for NHTSA from January 2009 as well as the Senior Associate Administrator (SAA) for Vehicle Safety at NHTSA. As the SAA for Vehicle Safety, Mr. Medford was responsible for overseeing the National Center for Statistics and Analysis and the NHTSA Rulemaking, Enforcement and Applied Research Programs. Mr. Medford joined NHTSA on May 19, 2003.
Prior to joining NHTSA, Mr. Medford was the Assistant Executive Director for Hazard Identification & Reduction at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In this position Mr. Medford was responsible for the regulatory and technical work of the Agency. This included overseeing the Directorates for Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Chemistry and Engineering Laboratories and Economic Analysis. Mr. Medford spent over 25 years in a variety of technical management positions at the CPSC.
A few months prior to joining NHTSA, Mr. Medford spent 10 months on a government-sponsored sabbatical to work with Dean Kamen, an inventor from Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Kamen is president of Deka Research and Development Corporation and is most recently known for his inventions of the IBOT? wheel chair and the Segway? Human Transporter (HT). These two products rely on gyroscopes and motors to balance on two wheels. The IBOT allows wheel chair users to climb stairs and to balance on two-wheels in order to be at eye level when seated. The Segway HT is a device intended to allow for individual transportation in an electrically powered device, intended for use on sidewalks and other non-road uses. Mr. Medford worked on safety issues related to these two products while on sabbatical.
Mr. Medford holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maryland
Ms. Oge has been instrumental in the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector.
In 2010, under Ms. Oge's leadership, EPA has finalized two significant rules. Most notable, is the Agency's first-ever national greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and trucks. The second is the final expanded renewable fuels standard which will significantly increase the volume of biofuels in our nation's fuel supply. Both actions take significant steps forward in improving the sustainability of the U.S. transportation sector.
Other successes completed by EPA under Ms. Oge's guidance include the clean Tier 2 vehicle and gasoline sulfur program, the 2007 clean diesel truck and bus program, and the clean nonroad diesel engine and fuels program. By reducing over 90 percent of the harmful pollutants emitted from on- and off-road engines, these three programs are estimated to prevent over 26,000 premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory illnesses each year.
Ms. Oge has been with the Environmental Protection Agency since 1980 and has held various management positions in the Agency. In 2009, Mr. Oge received the California Air Resources Board's Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her efforts to protect California air quality and public health. In 2004, Ms. Oge received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award for her outstanding leadership on environmental transportation issues. She is a previous winner of the Presidential Meritorious Award. In 2002, the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment honored Ms. Oge with its Woman of Achievement Award. Ms. Oge was recognized for her leadership in shepherding the Tier 2 and heavy duty diesel rules to fruition. She was the first nonpolitical appointee to receive this award.
Ms. Oge earned her Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She also attended George Washington University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dave Sargent is Vice President, Vehicle Research in the Global Automotive Operations Division at J.D. Power and Associates. He manages all of the company's vehicle research in the United States, including the Initial Quality Study (IQS); Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study; and Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), as well as all component research and quality tracking studies. He also oversees the coordination of all vehicle research worldwide.
Previously, Mr. Sargent was vice president, U.S. Automotive Research for J.D. Power and Associates, responsible for all syndicated research in the U.S. market. Prior to that, he was the practice leader of J.D. Power's European operations, where he established the company's London office in 1995. Earlier, he worked in the company's headquarters in California, and was responsible for the Initial Quality Study and a number of proprietary quality studies.
Before joining J.D. Power and Associates in 1992, Mr. Sargent worked for a UK consulting firm specializing in competitor analysis, as well as for Ford of Europe and the Rover Group.
Mr. Sargent holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of York and an MBA from Manchester Business School, both in the UK.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency
Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Hogan oversees a more than $900 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio including industrial, buildings, and vehicle technologies, along with federal energy management. As part of EERE's senior leadership, Dr. Hogan helps to oversee $16.8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
Prior to this position, Dr. Hogan served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA's clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy. These programs included the ENERGY STAR program, programs for combined heat and power and renewable energy, corporate leadership programs, and efforts focused on state clean energy policies. Under her management, ENERGY STAR grew to a national brand for energy efficiency across products, new homes, and buildings. She was also a key convener of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and has served as a technical advisor on the boards of a number of national and regional energy efficiency organizations.
Earlier in her EPA career, Dr. Hogan developed and managed programs to address emissions of methane and the high global warming potential gases including programs with the natural gas, waste management, livestock, aluminum smelting, and electronics industries. She also worked to address methane emissions in the Russian natural gas system and was an expert contributor on these topics to assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Dr. Hogan has been recognized for her work with a Presidential Rank Award, induction into the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame of the U.S. Energy Association, and as a contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Dr. Hogan has a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.
David Shepardson is the Washington Bureau Chief of The Detroit News. He attended the University of Michigan studying history and worked as a free-lance writer for The News beginning in 1993. He served as managing news editor of the student newspaper and was an intern at the Middlesex News before joining The Detroit News full-time in 1995. He covered a variety of beats in Detroit, including the federal courts, before moving to the Washington Bureau in March 2006 to cover the auto industry. He was named bureau chief in January 2009. Shepardson won the Gerald Loeb award for excellence in business journalism in 2009 for coverage of the auto industry, and was a finalist on two prior occasions. He has won a number of other journalism awards. He regularly appears on the PBS "Newshour," as well as NPR.
Dr. Henry Kelly
Dr. Henry Kelly is the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In his role, Dr. Kelly oversees a broad energy portfolio, helping hasten the transition to a clean energy economy.
The EERE portfolio includes critical efforts to drive innovation, including the SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce the installed cost of utility-scale solar systems to a dollar-a-watt. At a dollar-a-watt, solar energy is cost competitive-without subsidy-with other energy sources. Dr. Kelly also manages programs that will help put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, make the nation's buildings 20% more efficient, and help the United States obtain 80% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.
Prior to his arrival at DOE, Dr. Kelly served as the President of the Federation of American Scientists where he led a team that conducted analysis and advocacy on science, technology, and public policy, including global security issues, energy policy, and education technology.
Dr. Kelly draws on vast experience in a variety of government positions. For seven years he worked in the Clinton White House as the Assistant Director for Technology for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he helped negotiate and implement administration research partnerships in energy and the environment, information technology, and learning technology. These partnerships included new automobile and truck technology, housing technology, bioprocessing technology, and information technology.
Before his tenure at the White House, he was a senior associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and assistant director for the Solar Energy Research Institute (the predecessor of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory). He also worked on the staff of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. This is Dr. Kelly's second stint with EERE. Early in his career he worked as a Special Assistant and Senior Scientist in the office.
Dr. Kelly is an elected fellow of both the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2002 winner of the APS's Leo Szilard Lectureship Award for "promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society," and was named the biannual "Champion of Energy Efficiency" in 2000 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He is the author of numerous books and articles on issues in science and technology policy.
Dr. Kelly has a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Physics from Cornell University.