2022 Speakers

  • Jen Brace

    Jennifer Brace is a Trends and Futuring Manager at Ford where she leads discussions on long-term thinking, planning, and strategic development. By researching demographic shifts, identifying market outliers, and developing data-driven scenarios for the future, she challenges her colleagues to think through a broad range of possible narratives before settling on a plan of action. […]

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  • Brian Cronin

    Brian Cronin is the Director, Office of Safety and Operations Research and Development, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this capacity, he provides executive leadership and guidance for improving and advancing transportation safety and operations-related technologies and innovations through research, development, and testing. Prior to his appointment into the SES, Brian served for 8 years as […]

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  • Dan Kan

    Dan Kan, a native of Seattle, co-founded Cruise with Kyle Vogt in 2013. Dan currently serves as Cruise’s Chief Product Officer. A successful entrepreneur, Dan started his career at a technology startup called UserVoice. He then founded Exec, an on-demand hospitality service company, and successfully sold Exec to Handy, which in turn was acquired by […]

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  • Sue Bai

    Sue Bai is a chief engineer and division director at the Honda Research Institute USA, Inc. Bai’s areas of research include wireless communication for in-vehicle navigation systems, telematics system design and development, and connected and automated vehicle system research. She currently leads a team that supports Honda’s transportation safety and mobility goals through connected vehicle […]

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  • Jared W. Perdue, P.E.

    Jared W. Perdue was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Ron DeSantis on April 7, 2022. As Secretary, Perdue oversees the lead agency in state government with the statutory responsibility to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced transportation system serving all regions of the state, […]

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  • Brad Templeton

    Brad Templeton founded ClariNet Communications Corp., the first internet-based content company. (Sold to Individual Inc/Newsedge Corp.) ClariNet published an online electronic newspaper delivered for live reading on subscribers machines. He has been active in the internet community since 1979, participated in the building and growth of USENET from its earliest days and in 1987 he […]

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  • Maynard Factor

    Maynard Factor is the Vice President of Business Development for the Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Unmanned Systems Division. He is responsible for the generation of new business opportunities, worldwide sales and marketing, and provides technical direction for long-range strategic planning including the development of new products, capabilities, and internal research and development endeavors. Mr. […]

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  • Trey Tillander

    Trey provides statewide technology leadership for the Florida Department of Transportation, including information technology, operational technology and emerging technology initiatives. Trey is responsible for FDOT’s Office of Information Technology and Civil Integrated Management Office, including groups providing statewide leadership in transportation data analytics, geographic information systems, and surveying and mapping. He also provides strategic leadership […]

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  • Kevin Miller

    Kevin George Miller is Senior Director of Global Fleet and Urban Policy for ChargePoint, the world’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging solutions. Kevin works with policymakers and regulators to reduce barriers for fleet operators to electrify vehicle fleets and to increase widespread access to electric transportation in dense urban environments. Before coming to ChargePoint, […]

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  • Ari Jolly

    Ari Jolly is a Senior Assistant General Counsel at Florida Blue and provides corporate development, as well as, board governance support related to the various Florida Blue subsidiary and joint venture companies. Prior to joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida in 1993, Jolly was an officer in the United States Navy from 1983 […]

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  • Jason Eichenholz

    Jason Eichenholz Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser and photonics product development and commercialization. Over the past twenty-five years, he led the development of hundreds of millions of dollars of new photonics and photonic-enabled products. At Luminar he is responsible for R&D and Engineering of new products and bringing Luminar’s technology […]

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  • Alain Kornhauser

    Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Penn State where he obtained a BS and MS and Princeton, earning a PhD. In 1971 he joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at U of Minnesota where he applied automation, network analysis and optimal control to the […]

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  • Carter Stern

    Carter Stern is a Senior Government affairs manager for Cruise, the all-electric, autonomous vehicle company. Based in Texas, Carter handles Cruise’s governmental affairs and regulatory strategy outside of California. Prior to joining Cruise, Carter worked at various mobility tech companies including Lyft and ofo, as well as running the nonprofit operator of Houston’s station based […]

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  • Ariel Wolf

    Ariel Wolf Ariel Wolf leads Venable’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility group, where he counsels clients facing complex legal and policy issues at the intersection of automation, electrification, connectivity, data privacy, and cybersecurity. Ariel is a recognized thought leader who works closely with vehicle manufacturers, technology companies, advanced equipment suppliers, and software developers to navigate the […]

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  • Brad Thoburn

    As the Assistant Secretary for Strategic Development, Brad Thoburn leads the statewide transportation planning, modal development, research, and innovation for the Florida Department of Transportation. Brad has experience in both the public and private sectors and has worked in transportation, planning, and policy leadership positions at the local, state, and federal levels. Brad and his […]

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  • Senator Jeff Brandes

    Jeff Brandes is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, a Veteran, and a local businessman. After serving in the Army from 1999 to 2006, he joined his grandfather in the family lumber business. He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012, then […]

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