September 17-19, 2014
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
Takashi "Jay" AoyamaTakashi Aoyama has been a Board Member as well as President of Aisin Technical Center of America (ATC-A), Aisin Seiki's first independent product development company outside of Japan, since 2010. Aoyama leads the organization's expansion and reinforcement as the local Technical Center to ensure Aisin Group's continued success in the American marketplace. Aoyama started his career at Aisin Seiki as an Engineer developing transmissions for truck and forklift applications. In 1986, he was named Manager of Engineering and Quality in Aisin World Corporation of America, establishing the framework of Aisin's business relationship with the Detroit 3 that has blossomed through today. After returning to Aisin Seiki in 1993, he was named to various positions of increasing responsibility in research, application engineering, test and evaluation, and quality. Aoyama rejoined Aisin's American operations in 2007 as the Vice President of the Technical Center for Aisin World Corporation of America. The Technical Center established itself as a separate company in 2008, and he was promoted to his current position of President in 2010. Aoyama also is a board member for the SAE Foundation since 2011 and an active committee member of Japan Business Society of Detroit, promoting cultural, business and networking opportunities between Japanese and American communities. Aoyama is a graduate of Kanazawa University School of Mechanical Engineering in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
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