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    Mike JonesFounder & President, Discover Leadership Training

    Mike Jones is the founder and president of Discover Leadership Training, a next level leadership development solutions company in Houston, Texas. Mr. Jones has inspired millions to Create a Better Version of Themselves™ by using his gifts and expertise to develop programs where he helps people realize their untapped potential. He is a well versed author who has published countless white papers, hundreds of articles and six books. He is an accomplished TV host and had his own NBC segments for nearly 10 years and was also a talented radio personality on Clear Channel Radio for over 10 years. Mike began his career when he served four years active duty and 2 years reserve duty in the US Coast Guard. Mike completed the Continental Airlines Pilot Development Program, where he earned his commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings. Mr. Jones then made the move to make his dream of flying helicopters for the Houston Police Department a reality where, during his career, he earned recognition as Houston Police Officer of the Year on four separate occasions. Mike is committed to being a positive influence on the world and remains active both inside and outside of the classroom. He is a passionate runner who has run 10 full marathons and 3 half marathons and also enjoys fishing, creating new memories with his loving wife, and is a proud father of four sons.

    Bill KahnPrincipal Engineer/ Manager of Advanced Concepts, Peterbilt Motors

    Bill Kahn is a Principal Engineer at Peterbilt Motors and is the Manager of Advanced Concepts. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, he has over 30 years of experience in the trucking and aerospace industry. His last 19 years while at Peterbilt have been dedicated to evaluating emerging technologies and developing timelines for their viability within the Peterbilt product. His Group’s work includes innovation in the areas of autonomous operation, next generation combustion engines, electrified vehicles, hybrid powertrains, alternative fuels, and lightweight materials. Mr. Kahn’s Group at Peterbilt has been responsible of late for fielding industry leading Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) demonstration vehicles, all-electric port drayage and refuse trucks, and range extending series electric trucks. Success in these trials facilitate a path to production for the Company, by reducing the amount of lessons learned need moving into volume quantiles.

    Mr. Kahn is a member of the 21at Century Truck Partnership, University of North Texas Faculty Advisory Board, and the Society of Automotive Engineers among other groups

    Bob MorrisBusiness Development Manager, Gas Technology Institute

    Wally DubnoSales Manager, Clean Energy Fuels

    Kevin ClaryProduct Marketing Manager, Daimler Trucks North America

    Kevin joined Daimler in 2011 as a Revenue Controller, overseeing the growth in the aftermarket parts business.  He then created a program that linked DTNA and its dealers through shared data which analyzed the dealer’s sales opportunities, and penetration into local fleets, to help the dealer better understand where incremental business could be gained.  He subsequently moved to Product Marketing, where he is responsible for a team of Marketers who set strategy for DTNA’s Aftermarket Cab and Electrical components. In this role, Kevin is overseeing the development of DTNA’s collision program, including parts, software, training and processes.  

    Prior to joining Daimler, Kevin worked in the private equity field working on projects in developing markets and renewable energy.

    T.J. O'HanlonDirector of Private Label Brands, Navistar

    T.J. O’Hanlon is the Director of Private Label Brands at Navistar. In that role, he oversees a portfolio of over 100 new and remanufactured product lines for all-makes and models of vehicles. His team has successfully grown Navistar’s Fleetrite brand double digits for 6 consecutive years and is currently involved in opening standalone Fleetrite Parts Stores globally. Prior to joining Navistar, he held various positions at a Chicago based truck dealership including shipping and receiving, and inventory management. He graduated from Aurora University with a dual degree in Business and Commerce, and Marketing.

     

    Rohit MathewManager, Carlisle & Company

    Rohit Mathew is a manager at Carlisle & Company and has extensive experience operating within the collision space and has worked with several automotive OEMs to launch collision related programs.

    Mark PolzinPresident, Budget Truck & Auto

    I was born in 1963 in Fort Atkinson, WI and started working in the family business at Budget Truck and Auto in 1981. I started my career in detail and worked in every department to learn the business. I now hold the position of President within the company and am one of 3 owners. Past boards I’ve served on are: a local township board, a local youth baseball league, Wisconsin Auto Technicians Association LTD, and the South Side Business Association in Janesville, WI. I’m currently serving on the board for the Wisconsin Motor Coach Association.

    Gregory TreinenAdvanced Technology Marketing Manager, Daimler Trucks North America

    As advanced technology marketing manager for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Greg Treinen is responsible for directing development and execution of communications, customer & dealer education activities, and market leadership strategies for DTNA’s advanced vehicle technology efforts, which include electrification, automated driving, and connectivity. Appointed to this role in early 2018, Mr. Treinen is responsible for educating the market regarding how DTNA’s efforts in product innovation and new technology development can help deliver customer value and improve driver & highway safety.  

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Treinen worked as sales and marketing manager in DTNA’s connectivity organization. Prior to that, he spent five years in Freightliner Trucks marketing, serving as the product marketing segment manager for vocational, medium duty & alternate fuels.  Mr. Treinen has also served as lead market planning analyst for DTNA, where he was responsible for developing the company market and internal sales volume forecasts, plus market analysis and market research.

    Mr. Treinen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Oregon and a masters of business administration (MBA) degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest recognition a business student can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

    John SpotoHeavy Duty Commercial Fleet Manager , 3M

    My name is John Spoto, 3M Heavy Duty Commercial Fleet Manager.My entire life, I have been involved with the commercial / automotive industry, with well over 50 years in collision repair.As a Heavy Duty Commercial Fleet Manager for 3M and employed by 3M the past 15 years, I spend much of my life working closely with commercial fleet facilities on current, up to date processes. My goal is to help initiate a safe and quality repair by providing the most current / up to date information. Being an I-CAR Instructor in Southwest Florida, affords me the opportunity to relate with everyone throughout the entire commercial repair process since many of the substrate materials in automotive industry are comparable to trucks.

    Todd MathesApplication Engineering Specialist, 3M

    I have worked for 3M for over 31 years in a variety of R&D, Sales, and Application Engineering positions. I have spent the last 13 years in the collision market, focusing the last 2 years on Heavy-Duty Truck and Commercial Vehicle collision. My goal is to understand customer and market needs and bring 3M product and process solutions to the industry.

    Tyler RobertsonFounder/CEO, Diesel Laptops

    Tyler Robertson is the founder and CEO of Diesel Laptops, which is the industry leader of providing diagnostic products, services, and repair information to the commercial truck, construction, agriculture, off-highway, marine, and automotive markets. With over 15 years of experience working at commercial truck dealerships and IT background, Tyler has created a unique company that provides a variety of solutions to repair facilities across North America.

    Brian WassonManager, Program Delivery, I-CAR

    Brian is a Program Manager for I-CAR which entails developing and maintaining standards of I-CAR course training delivery. Prior to joining I-CAR full time nearly four years ago I worked at a premier luxury automotive collision center in Houston, TX as a Certified Structural Aluminum Repair Technician. During this time, I also worked for I-CAR part time as an instructor delivering welding training and structural repair training of which I still do today. I am an avid hunter and enjoy disconnecting from work by taking long motorcycle trips.

    Nick NotteSenior Vice President Sales & Marketing, I-CAR

    Notte leads the I-CAR® sales team in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that drive the organization’s growth. His career spans more than 30 years and various providers across the collision repair industry.
    Notte has served on several boards, most notably, the Inter-Industry Conference for Collision Auto Repair (I-CAR) board of directors and is currently a past chairman of the board of directors of the organization, the board of directors as President and Chairman of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), was a member of the executive committee (Vice Chairman) of the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) board of trustees and sat on the board of trustees of the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF).
    Notte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley College located in Waltham, Massachusetts

    Brandon EckenrodeDirector or Development, Collision Repair Education Foundation

    Eckenrode has worked in the automotive collision industry for nearly 20 years and while his official title is “Director of Development” for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, he likes to refer to himself as a “Facilitator of Generosity” as he has helped secure over $100 million in donations for high school and college collision programs, instructors, and students since 2009. Eckenrode’s newest initiative is helping to organize and facilitate high school/college transportation (collision, automotive, heavy duty, etc) student career fair events around the country to help connect technical students and industry employers

    Brandon.

    Phil KrierManager, Direct Repair Program, Great American Insurance Group

    Phil Krier has been with Great American for 17 years. He has been instrumental in developing the direct repair program and currently manages the program. Before joining the Great American Trucking Division in 2001, he was the Body Shop Manager at Kenworth of Cincinnati for eight years. Before that he owned his own shop. He’s held many positions in the shod shop industry from body and paint technician, estimator, body shop manager, claims adjuster and claims manager.

    Joe KlingensmithCommercial Lines Network Coordinator, Progressive Insurance

    Joe has worked in the commercial repair industry for 42 years. The last 22 years have been with Progressive Commercial Insurance. Prior to joining the insurance industry, Joe was a factory dealer service manager at GMC for 11 years. His career in the repair industry initiated as a technician/foreman for a 50+ power unit fleet, where he worked for nine years. His current role with Progressive is serving as the Commercial Lines Network Coordinator. He will be presenting – Working together: Current & Future Challenges relative to HD repairs/claims.

    Patrick BurnettAssociate Vice President, Property & Casualty Claims - Material Damage, Nationwide Insurance

    As the Associate Vice President of Property and Casualty Claims-Material Damage, Patrick has overall accountability for the Material Damage operation and leads Material Damage strategy, technical performance, policy/procedure development, On Your Side Repair program oversight, and partner relationships for Nationwide Insurance.

    Born and raised in Dallas, Patrick earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his MBA from LeTourneau University in Texas.

    He started his insurance career with Farmers Insurance in Texas, working successfully in a number of roles. Some of the assignments early in his career included Material Damage field adjuster, non-injury liability adjuster, direct repair coordinator, and several other roles of increasing responsibility. He moved into leadership and later managed branch claims offices in Texas and California before moving to Farmers Insurance Home Office as the national Auto Physical Damage Manager.

    In 2004, Patrick moved to Columbus, Ohio and joined Nationwide as a Material Damage technical director supporting Eastern operations where he worked closely with field leaders and partners to support industry leading technical and customer service results. In 2006, Patrick took over leadership of the National Recovery operation, leading teams focused on Subrogation and salvage recoveries through innovative changes. In late 2007, Patrick moved to Richmond, Virginia to lead the newly formed the Mid-Atlantic Claim Zone. There, he successfully consolidated two regions to build a solid team of Casualty, Material Damage, Property, Commercial, and other claim professionals with a common goal of delivering outstanding service, while focusing on developing leaders and creating more efficient and effective processes for meeting or exceeding members’ expectations in their greatest time of need.

    In 2012, he relocated back to Nationwide’s Home Office to nationally lead Material Damage.
    Patrick is an avid sports fan and enjoys studying politics, history, and world events.

    Steve BeckPresident , Beck Seminars

    Ellen VoiePresident/CEO, Women In Trucking Association, Inc.

    Ellen Voie is an internationally recognized speaker and authority on gender diversity and inclusion for women working in non-traditional careers in transportation. She has been invited to speak to audiences in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Viet Nam, France, Mexico, and Canada in addition to being a popular speaker at conferences throughout the United States.

    As founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March of 2007, Voie currently serves as the nonprofit organization’s President/CEO. The Women In Trucking Association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members.

    More information Ellen’s career can be found at this link

    Jessica NeriCommercial Territory Manager, PPG

    Since enrolling in the Automotive Refinish Technology program at the College of Western Idaho in 2010 Jessica Neri has diligently worked to learn the trade. While in school Jessica was the winner of the WIN (Women in Networking) Cornerstone Award and ICAR’s Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry.  After competing regionally Jessica took Gold in the state of Idaho at the SkillsUSA state competition and went on to take Bronze at the National Competition. After graduation Jessica worked as the lead production painter for Idaho Wrecker Sales in Mountain Home, Idaho before being hired on with PPG in 2013. She is currently a Commercial Territory Manager in the Northern California market & the Co-Chair of SkillsUSA National Automotive Refinish Technology.

    John WebbVice President/ Partner, Ten Point Complete

    Brad Ellis, Canal Insurance

    Brad has 26+ years of experience in the trucking and insurance industries. Starting as a technician at a local Kenworth dealership and moving up to a purchasing manager over all three locations. This experience helped prepare him for a career transition into commercial insurance. For the past 21+ years.
    Brad has built, and transforming specialty claims teams into productive and profitable operations for multiple insurance companies. Additionally, Brad became a training facilitator for Nationwide Insurance in the Great Lakes Region. Tasked with providing training to the region on appraising and claims processing for boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, heavy truck, and heavy equipment. He is a member of the National Truck and Heavy Equipment Claims Council (NTHECC) and is head chair for the council’s scholarship committee. The scholarship program has helped provide over $800,000 in scholarships to qualifying recipients. Currently, Brad has national responsibility as Manager of the Cargo
    and Physical Damage claims teams for Canal Insurance Company.

    Aaron LoweRegulatory & Government Affairs Auto Care Association , Auto Care Association

    Aaron Lowe is senior vice president, regulatory & government affairs for the Auto Care Association. 

    Lowe has been with the Auto Care Association and previously with the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association (APAA) for 37 years. He currently oversees the Auto Care Association’s federal and state legislative and regulatory efforts, focusing on a wide range of environmental, vehicle safety, workplace-health and safety and international trade issues. He also serves as liaison to the Upholstery and Trim International Segment of the Auto Care Association. 

    Lowe was the recipient of the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award in 2003. He has been on the board of directors and steering committee for several aftermarket coalitions including the California Automotive Task Force (CATF), a coalition of national and state aftermarket trade associations that coordinated the successful efforts to enact S.B. 1146. This landmark bill mandated access by independents to all car company emissions-related service information and tools. CATF also successfully worked to overturn the state’s mandated 15 year/150,000 mile emissions control warranty. 

    Lowe coordinated the Auto Care Association’s successful effort in 2012 to obtain enactment of the Motor Vehicle Right to Repair Act in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Right to repair ensures that independent service entities have effective and affordable access to the information, tools and software to work on today’s highly sophisticated computer controlled vehicle systems. He also was part of the team that successfully negotiated in 2013 a national agreement on right to repair that is modeled after the Massachusetts law. 

    Prior to the Auto Care Association, Lowe worked for an energy consulting firm specializing in renewable fuels legislation and regulation. Lowe has a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from George Washington University and currently resides in Silver Spring, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., with his wife.

    Steve LoveladyOn-Highway Sales & Service Manager, IMMI

    Steve Lovelady is IMMI’s On-Highway Sales and Service Manager. He is responsible for guiding IMMI’s on-highway indirect sales and service activities with OEM dealers and end users as well as direct sales activities with North American heavy and medium duty truck OEMs. Steve has more than 35 years of experience in the medium and heavy-duty truck marketplace at the OEM, dealer and component levels with an emphasis on sales, service, parts and marketing. Before joining IMMI, Steve worked with companies such as Peterbilt Motors, Volvo Trucks, Detroit Diesel Allison, and Caterpillar representing them at the OEM, distributor, and dealer levels. He has held positions such as Senior District Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, Dealer and Market Development Manager, and Truck Engine Business Manager. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University. He is a member of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, Tennessee Trucking Association, Florida Trucking Association, Kentucky Trucking Association, National Ready-Mix Concrete Association, American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council, and National Tank Truck Carriers. Steve also serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Private Truck Council and has previously served on the Advisory Board for the Truck and Diesel Technology Program of Indianapolis Public Schools.

    David WoodsGlobal Business Development Manager, 3M

    I have worked for 3M in the Automotive Aftermarket Division for over 21 years covering a variety of business functions, which include Sales, Sales Training, Sales Management, Marketing and Business Development.  During my tenure with 3M, I have spent the last 4 years collaboratively developing collision repair assets such as Standard Operating Procedures along with a newly dedicated Heavy-Duty Truck website. Our goal is to continue providing an advanced portfolio of solutions, and processes to help collision shops produce quality repairs with repeatable results.