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Thom Callahan

Thom Callahan

President
Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA)

Thom Callahan is the President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA). Prior to joining SCBA, Thom was president of Callahan Communications, a firm focused on growing its clients’ business, strategic planning for brand awareness, and new market development. Previously, he was Director of Sales for Radiate Media, based in Los Angeles. With over 30 years of broadcast and digital platform experience in sales, sales management, research, content, new product development, and emerging markets, Thom has held senior management positions with The Associated Press, CBS Radio, Metro Networks, and Anheuser-Busch. Twice nominated as Radio Network News Executive of the Year, Callahan has been a guest speaker and moderator for NAB sponsored events on a variety of topics to the radio industry over the past 11 years. He has served as a member of the AP Radio advisory board, and has served on the advisory boards of the Ad Clubs in three cities. Check out Thom's Blog, "Listening For Radio" at http://scbaradio.com/.


Thomas J. Doll

Thomas J. Doll

President & COO
Subaru of America, Inc.

Thomas J. Doll is President & Chief Operating Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is responsible for overseeing operations for the entire organization. Doll joined SOA in 1982 and from 1985-1988, he was the Manager of Treasury Operations. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Treasury Operations and then to Director of Accounting one year later. In 1991, Doll became Vice President of Business and Strategic Planning. From there, he was promoted to CFO, responsible for business and strategic planning, budgeting, controller functions, accounting and financial reporting. In April 2009, Doll was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SOA, he spent five years at Arthur Young and Company. Doll received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and a Master’s Degree from Drexel University. Doll is active in several financial organizations including the American Institute of CPA.


Finbarr O’Neill

Finbarr O’Neill

CEO and President
J.D. Power

Fin O’Neill is President and CEO of J.D. Power, a global leader in providing benchmarks and insights into the Voice of the Customer. The company serves a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, utilities and hospitality and travel. Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2008, Mr. O’Neill was vice chairman and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds, a global provider of dealership management software and services. He also held positions as co-chairman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America from 1998 to 2003. Mr. O’Neill joined Hyundai Motor America as general counsel in February 1985.

Previously, Mr. O’Neill was employed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. as senior counsel, following seven years of law practice in New York at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Mr. O’Neill formerly served as chairman of the board of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.


Lex Kerssemakers

Lex Kerssemakers

Senior Vice President, Americas
President and CEO, Volvo Car USA

Lex Kerssemakers is the Senior Vice President of the Americas region and also President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, a position he has held since 2014. Lex has more than 30 years experience with Volvo Cars, with 16 years in executive and senior management roles. Lex has a fundamental understanding of industry mechanisms, acquired through senior positions in corporate and product strategy, purchasing, sales & marketing, thus capturing both the industrial and commercial systems. He gained insight from both the Supplier and Manufacturing sides of the automotive business. Lex is characterized by global competence and experience, having worked and lived in the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, leading international teams. As part of executive management, he has served under Swedish, American and Chinese ownership consequently aligning shareholder and customer perspectives.


Kristin Kolodge

Kristin Kolodge

Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMI
J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.

Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.


David Pakman

David Pakman

Partner
Venrock

David is a Partner at Venrock, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family established in 1969. David focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. His most notable investment and board was Dollar Shave Club (led Series A and B). Before Venrock, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. He also was the co-creator of Apple’s Music Group and worked at Apple for five years. He currently sits on the board of Dstillery, Pearl Automotive, YouNow, Misty Robotics, Amino Apps and works with Klout, Crunchyroll, and Nest.


Mark Scarpelli

Mark Scarpelli

Chairman
NADA

Mark Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. Scarpelli is 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Metropolitan Chicago's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors.


Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Executive Director
Great LA Dealer Association


Michael J. Stanton Jr.

Michael J. Stanton Jr.

Vice President & General Manager, Valuation Services
J.D. Power

Mike Stanton is the Vice President and General Manager of the Vehicle Valuation Practice at J.D. Power. He is responsible for formulating the vision and strategic direction, initiating growth strategies and coaching a team in all business areas, including information technology, sales, marketing, finance, product, and client support.

Mr. Stanton joined J.D. Power in 2015, when the company acquired the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Used Car Guide. Prior to the acquisition, he was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the NADA Used Car Guide, a vehicle valuation for-profit division of the NADA. There, he positioned the division as a leading automotive authority through better products, enhanced content, public relations and marketing efforts, resulting in significant increases in revenue and profitability. Previously at the NADA, Mr. Stanton was the executive director of industry affairs, where he served as the association’s primary liaison between automotive manufacturers and dealer members. Earlier, he was the national sales manager for the NADA Used Car Guide.

Prior to NADA, Mr. Stanton worked for two automobile manufacturers primarily assisting dealers with their sales and service operations. Mr. Stanton received a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a MBA with a concentration in information technology from Virginia Tech.


Jeremy Tucker

Jeremy Tucker

Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media
Nissan North America, Inc.

Jeremy Tucker is vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, a position to which he was appointed in September 2014. In this role, Tucker reports to Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. and is responsible for marketing communications and media and model line/product marketing with focus on revenue growth and profit generation for the Nissan brand and its dealer network. Tucker joined Nissan from Disney Consumer Products where he led a franchise-focused strategic marketing organization across product business units and collaborated across The Walt Disney Company to ensure consistency with content creators. Prior to his role with Disney, Tucker was senior director of Marketing, National Brand Innovation for Frito-Lay, North America, a division of PepsiCo. During his tenure with PepsiCo, Tucker drove revenue and sales growth for multiple brands, including the turnaround of the multibillion dollar Doritos brand through consumer insights, product innovation and creative branding and media strategies. Tucker was also a part of the Procter & Gamble account team at Omnicom Group's Targetbase, where he worked on the Pampers, Iams and Eukanuba Pet Foods brands. Tucker holds bachelor's degrees in both fine art and marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. He is located in Franklin, Tennessee.


Joe White

Joe White

Reuters

Joe White joined Reuters in January 2015 as the transportation editor leading coverage of planes, trains and automobiles. Previously, he served as the global automotive editor and Detroit Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, where he oversaw coverage of the auto industry and ran the Detroit bureau. Joe is co-author (with Paul Ingrassia) of Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry, and he and Paul shared the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1993.


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