Government/Industry Meeting

January 24-26, 2018 │ Washington, DC, USA │ Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The SAE Government/Industry Meeting is an annual conference designed to unite significant numbers of government policy and regulatory makers with auto industry representatives to discuss the effect of government action on future vehicle design. The Meeting provides a neutral forum to share information to provide the legislative and regulatory bodies the means to properly analyze the technical aspects prior to drafting legislation or regulations for safety, emission control, and energy conservation.

Attend the Government/Industry Meeting to gain a critical understanding of new legislation and regulations on emissions control, safety, energy conservation issues, and more to plan your compliance strategies. Engage, network, and connect with technical authorities who are leading regulations, pending legislation, and the advanced technology to address critical compliance issues as we move forward toward zero emissions and zero fatalities. Build or grow relationships with other industry professionals to compare strategies and successes for dealing with legislation and regulations.

Plus, obtain complimentary access to the Washington Auto Show.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Wednesday

Mitch Bainwol

CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc.

Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing a dozen automakers selling new vehicles in the United States. Since joining the Auto Alliance in September 2011, Bainwol has given consumers a larger voice in auto policy through development of the Alliance Auto Index, a national public opinion survey reaching nearly 60,000 people annually to provide insights into consumer attitudes about auto- related issues. He is recognized for his leadership during transitions, building coalitions, and fostering bipartisan political engagement. While chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (2003-11), Bainwol helped the music industry adjust to the new digital world by curbing piracy and protecting intellectual property rights. Bainwol is now leading the auto industry's efforts to develop public policy initiatives to accelerate automation and connectivity. He spent 25 years in federal policymaking and politics, including serving as chief of staff to two U.S. Senators and two political committees. Bainwol earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Wednesday Lunch Keynote

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

Gary Shapiro is President and CEO of CTA, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and that owns and produces CES. Shapiro directs a staff of more than 160 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization's promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs, and cut the deficit. He sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Board of Directors, and the American Enterprise Institute Global Internet Strategy Advisory Board. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition, Shapiro led the manufacturers' battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair-use rights, and was an early opponent in the fight to defeat SOPA and PIPA in Congress. Shapiro authored CTA's best-sellers, "Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses" and "The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream." Shapiro received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University.

Thursday Lunch Keynote

Carl M. Cannon

Washington Bureau Chief, RealClearPolitics

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and Executive Editor of RealClearMedia Group. He has covered every presidential campaign and major political convention since 1984 and has received the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage—the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting of the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman award for “excellence in presidential news coverage.” Previously, Cannon was the D.C. bureau chief for Reader’s Digest, and he covered the White House for National Journal and the Baltimore Sun for a decade before that. In 2007, he was a fellow-in-residence at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Cannon is the author of the 2017 book “On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time.” He is also author of “The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War,” and co-author of several others.

Opening Keynote Friday

Bill Wehrum

Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bill Wehrum serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Wehrum has a long history of public service, and his career includes more than 31 years of working in the environmental field through engineering, legal practice, and administrative duties. He previously served as EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation from 2005 to 2007, as well as Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator and counsel to the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. Wehrum most recently worked as a partner and head of the Administrative Law Group at Hunton & Williams LLP, where his practice focused on air-quality issues.

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