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Permanent link for GVSU to host 25th symposium for area automotive suppliers on February 26, 2024


February 26, 2024

Contact: GVSU University Communications
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Navigating industry difficulties and challenges will be the main topic of the 25th Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium, hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center.

The symposium, with the theme of “Momentum Matters,” will be held at the DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus on Thursday, March 7, from 8:00 a.m.-noon.

"The annual symposium offers the chance to hear crucial insights as businesses realign with the constantly changing fast-paced automotive sector,” said Sonja Johnson, executive director, of the Van Andel Global Trade Center. “Listen to industry experts and how they are maintaining momentum as they navigate challenges in the requirements to meet government standards, and customer needs while juggling a complex supply chain and how recent issues such as labor strikes have impacted the auto industry.”

Speakers include two GVSU alumni. Alejandra Lorenzo, who works for Stellantis North America as a supplier diversity program manager, graduated in 2014. Lorenzo is an expert in supplier diversity, risk management, project management, pre-production and international launches. Lorenzo will give the keynote presentation, “Supplier Diversity: Direct and Tangible Benefits to Create a Stronger, More Resilient Supply Chain.”

GVSU graduate Mike Wall will present “The Road Ahead: Navigating the Winding Roads of the Auto Industry,” as an industry outlook. Wall earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and now has over 20 years of expertise. As executive director of automotive analysis at S&P Global Mobility, Wall will provide an in-depth analysis of vehicle markets and technology trends.

Other sessions include a fireside chat with Munro & Associates; and a Tier 1 Supplier Panel with representatives from Pridgeon and Clay, Inc.; ADAC Automotive; Lacks Enterprises; and Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.

Each year since 1999 the Van Andel Global Trade Center has hosted more than 25 international business events in Michigan and worked with a broad variety of community partners & corporate sponsors to provide the international business community with the business training and international resources it needs to succeed on the global stage.

For more information on this event, visit the Van Andel Global Trade Center website.


Categories: Automotive
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Permanent link for The 23rd Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium on February 28, 2022

written by Caleb Holland

The Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium is a yearly event bringing together business owners, senior management, and decision-makers from all tiers of the automotive industry. This premier automotive supplier event provides the most up-to-date industry forecasts, latest issues, and trends, with opportunities to network and learn from others in the increasingly challenging and ever-changing industry of automotive.

The 23rd Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium happening on March 10, 2022, in Grand Rapids, Michigan paints the picture of what a modern auto industry is. Guest speakers from five organizations will take the stage to offer diverse perspectives on what is going on in the auto industry currently and will discuss their projections for the future. A new age of auto is upon us, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

General Motors

The Automotive industry is headed into what could be the largest shift in automotive technology: The shift from fuel to battery. Electric vehicles are starting to hit the market at a rapid rate, and by 2050, they are expected to make up 60% of new car sales. One company, located in the heart of Michigan's automotive industry is beginning to transform its market to stay ahead of the industry. General Motors has pledged a transition to electric vehicles. Over 50% of their spending will be dedicated to these models of the future. By 2025, their goal is to have 30 EV options launched globally with T available in North America. Speaking for GM at the 23rd Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium is David Leich, Executive Director of Global Supply Chain at General Motor. He is equipped with over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry and his expertise will complement his reports on GM’s current position in the global market as well as where they are headed in this ever-changing industry.

Learn more about General Motors

IHS Markit

IHS Markit analysts have similar ideas about this new age of vehicles. With extensive forecasts of the driving industry, they predict the introduction of electric cars will create a domino effect in other industries. Gas stations will become obsolete; instead, charging ports can be installed at entertainment sites and shopping centers. The world of transportation will be cleaner and faster with this innovative technology. Mike Wall, a Grand Valley State University Alumni, will be speaking on the behalf of IHS Markit and will give his analysis of the automotive industry, first-hand.

Learn more about IHS Markit

HYZON Motors

Hydrogen is a key component in creating water, but Hyzon Motors has discovered many more of its capabilities. Their technology is based on complete hydrogen power. Hydrogen can be converted to electricity which, in turn, creates power for commercial vehicles and marine equipment. Jay de Veny, from the Hyzon group in Troy, Mi, has been working to execute the company's visions and create products that could change the course of the industry.

Learn more about HYZON Motors

DRiV Inc. a division of Tenneco

Adam Kochenderfer has been working with DRiV Inc. to provide a strategic progression for their values and quality of products. As an industry leader in aftermarket and original equipment manufacturing, it is critical for Driv Inc. to use innovation to remain on the command post of the industry. Automobile parts manufacturing is dynamic and diverse, and Adam has the solutions to make their visions possible.

Learn more about DRiV Inc. a division of Tenneco

Warner Norcross + Judd

The stumbling blocks of the law are no problem for Warner Norcross + Judd. They are the epitome of the modern law firm by combining the latest technology with their tried and true law practices. Extranets and video technology allow the firm to assist clients in the same secure way as meeting in person. With changing automotive technology comes changing laws, but Warner Norcross + Judd has the compass to navigate its challenges. Michael Brady will communicate how they have been backing the automotive industry as it goes through its new-age transformation.

Learn More about Warner Norcross + Judd

Join us on March 10th for a morning of networking and automotive discussions! Register here!

This event is generously title sponsored by: Plante Moran

Along with our 2022 Symposium Sponsors:  ArtiFlexChase BankCorrigan Air & SeaIHS MarkitMichigan Economic Development CorporationMorrison Industrial EquipmentThe Right Place, and Warner Norcross + Judd


About the Author

Hello! I am Caleb Holland and I am a freshman student assistant at the Van Andel Global Trade Center. I am currently studying marketing and advertising at Grand Valley and plan to pursue a career at an advertising agency. When I am not working or studying I enjoy running, swimming boating, and spending time with friends. VAGTC has provided me with great opportunities and I am excited to see what more I will accomplish here!

Categories: Automotive
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