2022 Speakers

  • Sheryl Connelly

    Sheryl Connelly has served as Ford’s corporate futurist for over fifteen years. As the Chief Futurist, Connelly and her team led discussions on long-term thinking, planning and strategy.   Her responsibilities include identifying global trends, exploring potential implications and cascading the futuring insights to organizations throughout the company, including design, product development and corporate strategy. Forbes Magazine […]

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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 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 and V2X communication […]

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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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  • Nicola Liqouri

    Appointed in August 2019, Nicola Liquori serves as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. She has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. The Enterprise is part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and encompasses 511 centerline miles of Turnpike System facilities located in six of the […]

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  • Nathaniel P. Ford

    Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), in Jacksonville, Florida. His distinguished career in the public transportation industry spans nearly four decades and includes tenures leading the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Ford is a champion for innovative multimodal […]

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  • Chris Tomlinson

    Chris Tomlinson is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting and one of the national leaders in Deloitte’s Transportation practice where he applies his expertise in tolling, transit, transportation financing, policy and governance issues to assist Deloitte’s clients to achieve their objectives. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Tomlinson served as the Executive Director for 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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  • Greg Slater

    Greg Slater is the Executive Director and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) – a dynamic transportation agency that owns, manages, and operates the Selmon Expressway, Meridian Avenue, Brandon Parkway, and the Selmon Greenway. With over 100,000 daily expressway commuters and thousands of pedestrians that utilize the agency’s network of trails for last-mile […]

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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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  • Celia Kosinski

    Celia Kosinski is a Policy Manager for the Electrification Coalition Policy Program. Her focus is on policy research and analysis to help policy makers create ambitious policy opportunities and strengthen the case for transportation electrification. As a Connecticut native, Celia has previously worked in the energy sector through local advocacy measures at the city and […]

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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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  • Michelle Maikisch

    Michelle Maikisch is Chief of Staff and the Public Affairs Officer for the Central Florida Expressway Authority, a 125-mile expressway system serving the nearly 80 million residents and visitors traveling throughout its five-county region each year. As a seasoned communication and public affairs professional with over 21 years of experience, Michelle is the linchpin of […]

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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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  • Werner Engl

    Starting his path at ZF more than 25 years ago, Werner Engl gained extensive experience in the field of Sales. Beginning his career in the ZF Group as Manager Marketing & Sales Promotion of ZF Italia, further positions in Sales followed. First, he worked as Vice-President Sales & Application with focus on Transmissions for Commercial […]

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  • Josh Cohen

    Josh Cohen is the Director of Policy at Shell Recharge Solutions (Americas). Josh serves as Shell Recharge Solutions’ focal point for policy and regulatory engagement federally and in a number of states in the Eastern United States. His priorities include growing the market for transportation electrification; enhancing the value proposition of electrification through software-based managed […]

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  • Beth Kigel

    Beth Kigel is a global thought leader in new mobility and smart city ecosystems and is responsible for assisting transportation agencies, cities and regions in developing smart and connected infrastructure solutions.  Previously, Beth served as Florida Transportation Commissioner from 2012-2019. Prior to this role, she served as a Chamber Executive and in various private-sector leadership […]

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  • Torin Spencer

    Torin Spencer is an Electric Vehicle Specialist for the Electrification Coalition. His work is focused on supporting the American Cities Climate Challenge in Orlando as well as working directly with Orlando Utilities Commission on customer electric vehicle adoption. Torin has been in the automotive sector for the last few years. He has been a sales […]

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  • Justin Hopson

    Justin Hopson is the Director of Solution Engineering at Hitachi America’s Environment Business Division (EBD). Mr. Hopson provides strategic guidance & solution support for new business models. Current focus is complex sustainability challenges. He has experience with DER / BESS, vehicle fleets, electrification, ICE to EV transition, alternative fuels and sustainability solutions. Industry experience includes […]

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  • Cleveland Ferguson III

    Cleveland Ferguson III, J.D., D.H.L., is the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA). Cleveland is leading some of the most innovative approaches to how the JTA deals with technology disruption of the industry. Some of those innovations include the creation of JTA University, the JTA Enterprise Metrics Management […]

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  • Bernard Schmidt

    Bernard is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership to JTA’s Automation Division. Prior to joining the JTA in January 2019, Schmidt held multiple executive and senior leadership roles including general manager at Amazon; general manager of UTAS Customer Service Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul business at United Technologies Corporation (UTC); operations director at Turkish Engine […]

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  • Pete Westlake

    Pete is the Manager of New Products and Services. He launches new strategic programs and initiatives at OUC. OUC is a vertically integrated Municipality that serves Electricity and Water to Orlando, parts of Orange and Osceola counties. Pete is the Program Manager for Smart Cities initiatives and Beneficial Electrification including transportation. Pete serves on boards […]

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  • Thomas Jensen

    Thomas F. Jensen is a senior government relations executive located in Washington, DC, for autonomous trucking firm TuSimple. In this capacity, he is TuSimple’s leading federal and state chief advocate as the company progresses towards operational scale and commercialization of Level 4 autonomous vehicle freight transportation. Tom leads all legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts related […]

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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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  • Alex Roy

    Alex Roy is Editor-at-Large for The Drive, host of The Autonocast, co-host of /DRIVE on NBC Sports and author of The Driver, has set numerous endurance driving records in Europe & the USA in the internal combustion, EV, 3-wheeler & Semi-Autonomous Classes, including the infamous Cannonball Run record.

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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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