September 13-15, 2017
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel
Keynote SpeakerMike Rogers
Former U.S. Representative, CNN National Security Commentator "Effect of Uncertainty in Economic, Regulatory, and Executive Branch Policy on Automotive Technology Planning" As former chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers spent more than a decade shaping critical cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and national security policies in the United States and dealt with some of the most sensitive issues to face the nation. Rogers has worked with two U.S. presidents, Congressional leadership, and countless foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals. He regularly contributes to major print outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, and appears regularly on radio and television. Rogers is a graduate of Adrian College and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, through the University of Michigan, and an FBI special agent. David Szczupak
Executive Committee David T. Szczupak joined Whirlpool Corp. as Executive Vice President, Global Product Organization, in July 2008. He provides overall leadership for the company’s product businesses and strategic sourcing. Prior to joining the company, Szczupak served as Chief Operating Officer of Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, MI. While at Dura, he provided strategic direction for product development, purchasing, manufacturing, and product quality. Before joining Dura in 2006, he worked for Ford Motor Co. for 22 years, where he held a variety of leadership roles. While at Ford, Szczupak led a transformation of Ford’s automatic transmissions to world-class status and a rationalization effort for Ford’s global engine and transmission lineups. He also spearheaded an initiative to improve quality, achieving a 22% improvement in overall quality metrics while driving lean world-class competitiveness. Szczupak also worked for Jaguar for five years before it was acquired by Ford in 1990. Szczupak has a master’s degree in automotive engineering from Cranfield University. Bruce Yandle
Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics
Mercatus Center at George Mason University "Riding the U.S. Roller Coaster Economy: Expansion? Recession? Regulation?" Bruce Yandle is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and teaches regularly in the Center's Capitol Hill Campus program. He served on White House staff during the Ford and Carter administrations and was Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He has taught in graduate programs in France, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is a Senior Fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT; Senior Fellow with Clemson's Thurmond Institute; and trustee with Clemson's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He served as President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, as Chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, and as Chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees. Yandle is author, co-author, or editor of 16 books, including his most recent, “Regulation by Litigation.” He writes a quarterly newsletter on the economy, which is posted on Clemson's Strom Thurmond Institute website. Prior to beginning a career in university teaching, Yandle was in the industrial power transmission machinery business for 15 years.