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Designing a new future for the auto industry

Posted on September 07, 2010

Vincent Valdmann, director of Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization, will explore the importance of developing trust in strategic partnerships during his first speaking engagement in Michigan at the 12th Annual Automotive Suppliers Symposium.

The symposium, hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center and Seidman College of Business, will unlock the energy of optimism and innovation for the future of the automotive industry. Speakers will address the near-and long-term outlooks of the industry, as well as the emergence of different models of mobility and the opportunities they present for suppliers.

The event is open to media and takes place Wednesday, September 22, from 8-11:30 a.m., at Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 401 W. Fulton St.

Registration is $150 and the deadline to register without an additional fee is September 15. Register online at or call (616) 331-6811. Sponsors of the event include Comerica Bank, Plante Moran, Butzel Long and MiBiz.

Additional speakers include Kim Korth, president and owner of IRN consulting; Greg Goodrich, general manager of Middleville Tool and Die; Ty Middleton, sales manager at Middleville Tool and Die; and Nate Young, president of NewNorth Center Business Design.

Vincent Valdmann is responsible for all vehicle purchasing in North America. He joined Nissan North America in 2008 as director of RNPO Powertrain. Prior to this assignment, he was located in Paris where he was deputy general–supplier account manager for RNPO Powertrain components. Vincent has 18 years of experience in the automotive industry with 12 years dedicated to Powertrain engineering for Renault. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and two master’s degrees in engine engineering and industrial operations management.

For more information, contact Sharon Ward with the Van Andel Global Trade Center, at (616) 331-6811.

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