25th Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium

25th Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium

Momentum Matters: Meeting Auto Industry Challenges Head-On

Thursday, March 7, 2024  | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est |  Grand Rapids, Michigan 

"Momentum Matters", join us as we meet auto industry challenges head-on during the 25th Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 7, 2024. This annual gathering of industry leaders, business owners, c-suite executives, managers, and key decision-makers from all tiers of the automotive sector is set to deliver crucial insights. This premier automotive supplier symposium has established itself as a cornerstone in the industry, offering a platform for networking, learning, and staying on top of the latest industry forecasts, issues, and trends.

This year’s Symposium will explore ways in which businesses in the automotive space are keeping the momentum while adapting to change, bringing innovative strategies to realign businesses with the new realities of the automotive sector. It's no longer just about what you produce; it's about how you produce it.

Title Sponsor

How are Michigan’s tier 1 suppliers handling the industry's constant disruptions? The 25th Symposium brings together a panel of key industry Tier 1 suppliers to discuss how they are overcoming evolving supply chain challenges and navigating the impacts of recent issues such as: labor strikes, price increases, volume volatility, and CAPEX and how are others tackling the predicted electric vehicle surge from drivetrains to batteries to fuel cells.

The Symposium wraps up with an insightful automotive industry forecast that will provide the audience with an understanding of the impacts of the rise of lightweight materials and the impacts on manufacturers as well as electric vehicle investment and evolving predictions.  

For automotive organizations, momentum matters. Join us at the 25th Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium as we address automotive industry challenges head-on. 

Details

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est 
Location: Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus
Loosemore Auditorium
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Pricing:
$155 Members / $205 Non-Members

Register Today!


Presenters


Keynote: Supplier Diversity - Direct and Tangible Benefits to Create a Stronger, More Resilient Supply Chain

Alejandra Lorenzo - Stellantis North America

Alejandra Lorenzo

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Stellantis North America

Alejandra has over 16 years of experience working in the automotive industry specializing in supplier diversity, risk management, project management, pre-production and international launches, procurement, inventory management, material flow, logistics, international trade, market research, and data management.

Fireside Chat: Exploring the Road Ahead for EV Technology and Adoption

Sandy Munro - Munro & Associates

Sandy Munro

Founder and CEO
Munro & Associates

Sandy has over 40 years of hands-on experience implementing change through innovation and hard work. Working on everything from Barbie® to the International Space Station, Sandy’s patented Lean Design® methodology has made him the go-to solution provider for cost reduction and quality improvement. Crowned the “Teardown Titan” by SAE Automotive Engineering, Sandy has assessed nearly every EV produced since 1991.

Mark Barrott

Mark Barrott

Partner - Automotive/Mobility Practice Leader
Plante Moran

Mark leads Plante Moran’s Strategy and Automotive consulting practices. He has over 30 years of experience in management consulting, advising clients in the automotive, heavy truck, technology, manufacturing and energy industries, including OEMs and suppliers, such as GM, Ford, Visteon, Marelli, Cooper Standard, ZF, Metalsa and many others.

Momentum Matters Panel: Michigan's Tier 1 Suppliers Discuss Meeting Auto Industry Challenges Head-On

Kevin Clay Pridgeon & Clay

Kevin Clay

President & CEO
Pridgeon and Clay, Inc.

Representing the third generation of family ownership and operation, Kevin has been in his current office since May 2019.  Before becoming President, he held executive positions in charge of sales and business development, where he led efforts to develop, patent, and commercialize products including metal sealing solutions, selective catalytic reduction systems, and fuel cell bipolar plate manufacturing.

Jon Husby ADAC Automotive

Jon Husby

President & CEO
ADAC Automotive

Jon Husby is the president & CEO of ADAC Automotive. He was previously the President & CEO of SEG Automotive North America, where he had P&L responsibility for the region including facilities in the United States and Mexico. Prior to SEG, Husby was Vice President/General Manager of Customer Business Units at Harman International, where he built one of the largest customer business units in the company focused on advanced connected solutions, branded audio, and service solutions.

Ryan Lacks - Lacks Enterprises

Ryan Lacks

General Manager
Lacks Enterprises

Ryan represents the fourth generation of the Lacks family to guide Lacks Enterprises through more than 60 years of continuous growth.  He has been in his current position of General Manager for the Plastic Plate Business Unit since April 2022, having previously led the business development strategies for the division. His leadership experience includes being Director of Sales and Marketing for Plastic Plate, which specializes in customer-focused decorative finish solutions.

Thomas J. Manganello, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Thomas J. Manganello

Partner
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Tom represents clients in supply chain contracting issues and matters between suppliers and car companies. His vast experience in the area includes automotive product liability and negligence trials, as well as compliance with NHTSA regulations. Tom co-leads Warner’s Automotive Industry Group and heads the firm’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility subcommittee.

Automotive Industry Outlook - The Road Ahead: Navigating the Winding Roads of the Auto Industry

Mike Wall S&P Global

Mike Wall

Executive Director of Automotive Analysis 
S&P Global Mobility  

Mike brings more than two decades of financial analysis, forecasting, consulting, and manufacturing experience to S&P Global Mobility, with a primary focus on assisting automakers, suppliers, and financial firms in their evaluation and understanding of the auto industry, as well as in-depth analysis of vehicle markets and technology trends.


Details

Date/Time: Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. est 
Location: Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus
Loosemore Auditorium
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
Pricing:
$155 Members / $205 Non-Members

Register Today!


Thank You Sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2024 Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium are available.
Contact Katherine Dreyer at [email protected] to learn more!



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