As SVP of the Fleet and Insurance Business, Sanket Akerkar leads Nauto’s global business and expansion across North America, Europe and Japan. Prior to Nauto, Sanket held various senior leadership positions at Microsoft including VP Global Enterprise, Chief Evangelist (U.S.) and Managing Director of Microsoft India. Prior to Microsoft, Sanket served as a distinguished consultant at McKinsey.
Joe currently serves as the executive director of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), joining the organization in 2016. Joe had previously served on the NETS Board of Directors representing Abbott since 2008 and served as NETS Board Chair in 2014 and 2015. As executive director, Joe is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations, marketing and communication services, including the annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® road safety benchmark survey. Prior to NETS, Joe spent more than 26-years in the private sector, within global healthcare company Abbott where he held a variety of occupational health and safety positions across Abbott’s manufacturing, R&D and commercial business sectors.
Sergio has over 21 years of experience as a personal trainer, nutritionist and holistic health coach. In addition to working with professional athletes, CEO’s and celebrities, Sergio has also worked with many corporations and community organizations, helping them to develop and implement a variety of wellness and productivity programs. Sergio is a certified in a variety of advanced nutrition and fitness disciplines, and holds a bachelors degree in psychology. In addition to being a health expert for NBC for 11 years, Sergio was also appointed by the White House to serve as executive director of fitness, sports & nutrition.
Uri Tamir is Mobileye’s senior director of strategic initiatives in North America. In his role, Uri leads the development of new markets for Mobileye’s latest advancements in collision avoidance technology, including tailored ADAS for law enforcement, public transportation, small OEMs, and the use of ADAS data in intelligent transportation systems and Smart Cites. Uri also oversees Mobileye’s push to ensure safer roads through ADAS, data, research, and regulation in North America. Prior to Mobileye, Uri served as chief investment officer for Dash-Apex funds, an Israeli based investment firm with over 35 billion dollars in assets under management.
Eliot Bensel has been in the fleet management industry for over 25 years. Eliot’s career at Element grew to leading large operational organizations including accident management, safety, driver records and fleet administration. He recently transitioned to CEI as part of the Element acquisition in 2017. He has an extensive background in many aspects of the automotive industry including hands on knowledge of mechanical and collision repairs. Accreditations include ICAR and ASE Master Technician certifications. These accreditations are coupled with an academic background in business management and process improvement.
William Bensmiller serves as the division administrator for the State of Nevada. William currently presides as the chairman of the National Division Administrators’ Council, and is the co-chair of the National Quality Assurance Group for FMCSA. He has worked in numerous offices including headquarters in Washington, D.C. and three different field offices. He has over 29 years of experience with FMCSA.
Matthew Betz is Vice President of Fleet Channels for SambaSafety. He joined SambaSafety in 2015, after spending 30+ years in the fleet industry helping clients reduce fleet costs, increase driver productivity and reduce the administration associated with running a fleet. In his current role, Matthew is responsible for developing partnerships between SambaSafety and fleet management companies throughout the United States. In 2008 he was awarded NAFA’s Excellence in Education Award and has been an instructor in the NAFA FMS series. Matthew has served for many years on the NAFA Board, most recently as the Chair of the Cirriculum Committee. He has also served on the boards of The NAFA Foundation, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), AFLA, and a number of other national, regional and local fleet organizations.
Matt Camden is a senior research associate in the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety. Matt specializes in occupational driver safety with a focus on fleet safety culture, management systems, programs and technologies to improve driver performance, advanced safety systems, and driver distraction and fatigue. He has been the principal investigator or project manager on 16 projects totaling over $3.3 million and has made significant contributions to 12 other projects totaling over $14.6 million.
John Dmochowsky, CAFM, MBA, is the senior global fleet manager for Mondelēz International. John oversees a global fleet of over 10,000 vehicles operating in numerous countries. He is responsible for international strategic global fleet initiatives in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. John also leads the company’s global strategic developments in the global policy administration, partnership relations, budgeting, vehicle acquisition and disposal, driver safety programs, auditing, greenhouse gas initiatives, fuel management initiatives, and all other cost-avoidance projects. John has been in the fleet industry for 17 years and is active in fleet industry associations, including the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) of which he was president in 2012. He also serves on various FMC and OEM advisory boards, and in 2017 was named the Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.
As senior vice president, corporate and business development, Eliot develops and guides Lytx’s strategic business development and the company’s corporate development and mergers and acquisitions activities. In addition, he directs and oversees the company’s strategic partnerships, industry affairs and channel relationships. Prior to joining Lytx in 2006, Eliot served as president and chief operating officer of Ameranth Wireless, Inc., a leading application software provider. His previous experience includes serving in operation leadership roles at Qualcomm Personal Electronics, Sony Electronics and at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) in Japan.
Baker Green has been in transportation management for 35 years from UPS to dairy, oil and gas, and construction; and his experience ranges from operations to fleet management and DOT compliance. Baker has been fortunate to work in a variety of industries and gain valuable perspective from each due to their unique requirements. His focus on safety earlier in his career has served him well in his recent endeavors.
AMCI Testing has been an unbiased vehicle-testing entity serving OEMs internationally for 35 years. As director, Guy has coordinated programs designed to give OEMs an accurate assessment of their vehicles’ standing in the marketplace and in particular segments. AMCI Testing’s areas of research include performance, active safety, NVH, QRD, technology interface, biometric response, and of course safety-system and autonomous-drive performance/reliability. Before AMCI Testing, Guy was an automotive journalist with 11 publications in the U.S. and Europe. He holds an M.S. in Design from the Institute of Design in Chicago, and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
David McCauley is the North America fleet manager for Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning, and has been with the company for over three years. Service Experts operates approximately 2,100 vehicles in the United States and 350 in Canada. Prior to joining Service Experts, David was the national fleet manager for Red Bull North America and Distribution Company for 13 years.
Laura McMillan is vice president of training development at Instructional Technologies, Inc. (ITI) in Vancouver, Washington. ITI is the leading provider of safety training for the commercial transportation industry. Laura has worked in the transportation and logistics industry for over 17 years. She serves on committees with the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), the National Association for Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Associations (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Training Acting Committee (ELTAC). She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and holds a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Michael Miller is vice president of EHS, risk management, and sustainability for Advance Auto Parts. Michael leads safety professionals that keep over 70,000 team members safe including 40,000 employees that drive America's eigth largest car fleet. He has spent over 20 years in safety including large trucking, and has led deployment of telematics in a large DSD fleet at Dean Foods. Michael is also the vice president of NAEM.
Rob has 13 years of experience in the automotive fleet industry. Rob currently directs Geotab's sales relationships with fleet management companies to develop sales strategies that grow the customer base. Geotab connects vehicles to the Internet and provides businesses with powerful data tools to measure and manage their fleet.
Omar Moreno has more than 10 years of experience in the transportation industry in a position with progressive responsibility. Omar manages an Iron Woman-owned fleet of 40+ trucks and manages and implements an independent contractor’s program for a fleet of more than 100 trucks. As the trucking operations manager for Iron Woman, he oversees the implementation of efficient operations while retaining quality standards, enforces job site safety, prepares estimates for transportation projects, and develops key performance indicators to ensure quality. He is proficient in FMCSR regulations and implementation, is a solid problem-solver, and possesses strong communication and organizational skills.
Jennifer has been with the NTSB for the past 16 years—first as a vehicle factors engineer and currently as an investigator-in-charge in the Office of Highway Safety. She has investigated crashes that resulted in the NTSB issuing recommendations related to collision avoidance systems and electronic stability control systems on all commercial vehicles. Jennifer has degrees in mechanical and bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in applied automotive technology from Montgomery College.
Bob Mossing, senior manager global fleet administration at STERIS, has been active in the fleet industry for 18 years with experience in managing corporate fleets as well as government. His focus is on implementing best practices, strategic planning, process improvement, and safety. Bob is a member of NAFA and AFLA and currently serves as chapter chair of the NAFA Great Lakes Chapter.
Maggie Nichols, vice president of Iron Woman’s trucking division, was one of Iron Woman’s first employees. She started at Iron Woman in 2004 and quickly became the company’s resident expert in Department of Transportation compliance and regulations. She assisted in helping the company establish processes and procedures associated with all DOT requirements. As vice president of trucking, Maggie’s focus is on finance and accounting, oversight of trucking managers, safety and inspiring drivers to be leaders in safety, and recruiting and retention.
After fleet roles in remarketing, fleet management, and sales with U.S. Bank and General Electric, Adam became the fleet manager of General Mills in 2015. Adam manages a fleet of 1,600 vehicles in North America and is currently working on global. In addition to his membership in NAFA and AFLA, he serves on the Commercial Sounding Board for General Motors. Adam was recognized with a 2017 Fleet Visionary Award, a 2018 NAFA Flexy Award, and was recently nominated for 2018 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year.
A truck driver and owner-operator for 20 years before becoming a trucking journalist, Jim maintains his CDL and brings a real-world perspective to Test Drives, as well as to features about equipment spec’ing and trends, maintenance and drivers. His monthly Tires & Wheels articles have been widely praised in the industry.
Lee Pierce is an accomplished fleet professional and self-confessed “gear head.” Vehicles are her life’s work/passion. She is driven by process improvement, data integration and bottom line results. Lee has managed two of the top 50 largest fleets, managed budgets in excess of $100 million, and produced more than $5 million in annual savings achieved by right-sizing fleet and cycling assets maximizing terminal value.
Joe retired from the Virginia State Police in 2012 after 26 years and during his tenure, was recognized by the Governor of Virginia and the General Assembly for planning and executing a complex alliance partnership to reduce vehicle crashes injuries and fatalities. He joined Fisher Auto Parts in 2012 and part of his VP oversight is the DOT and safety departments. A winner of the 2017 Fleet Safety Award, his team has used fundamental concepts, collaboration, research and telematics to attain constant improvement in driver behavior risks reducing crash rates and collateral costs to Fisher Auto Parts, Inc.
Dave Rush is the senior manager for fleet safety for Reynolds American Inc. Trade Marketing Services Division. Dave has worked for Reynolds for the past 38 years, starting as an operations specialist in the manufacturing division and now with fleet and safety responsibilities for all subsidiaries under RAI. Dave is currently responsible for the fleet and safety of just under 2,700 employees across the U.S. Dave has presented at the many safety conferences. Dave currently serves on Element’s Fleet Advisory Board and General Motors Commercial Sounding Board. Dave was a 2016 finalist for Fleet Manager of the Year for both AFLA and NAFA and a finalist for the 2016 Automotive Fleet Fleet Visionary Award and again a nominee for the 2018 AFLA Fleet Manager of the Year.
Phil Samuelson provides innovative and cost-effective solutions for USIC’s U.S. and Canadian fleet of 9,500 vehicles. Phil oversees all fleet activities, procurement, budgeting, policies, and DOT compliance. He manages vehicle life cycling by partnering with USIC’s FMC, suppliers, and service providers. He holds a seat on USIC’s fleet management company’s Client Advisory Board as well as several OEM Commercial Sounding Boards. He has been in the industry for 28 years and with USIC for 14 years.
Blair Schober is the US fleet, EH&S and telecom manager at Red Hawk Fire and Security. Blair has been with Red Hawk since 2009 with previous roles including field asset coordinator and North American fleet manager. Prior to Red Hawk Fire and Security, Blair worked with Enterprise Rent A Car as a vehicle repair coordinator, supervisor and management trainee. Blair is also OSHA 30 certified and a certified professional estimator.
John Seidl, vice president of risk services, is well known as a DOT/FMCSA expert. John is no stranger to the industry with over 20 years of experience. He has facilitated countless safety seminars, driver meetings and mock compliance reviews for motor carriers throughout the United States. His transportation knowledge extends into law enforcement, where he worked with both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and as a Wisconsin State Patrol Motor Carrier Inspector. John has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Drug/Alcohol Technical Advisory Group, and the National ELD team. John has been recognized as the FMCSA Safety Investigator of the Year for two consecutive years.
Harry is responsible for fleet and driver safety thought leadership, supporting AIG field risk consultants with fleet best practice initiatives, technology updates and sponsoring outcome-based client facing risk consulting engagements. Furthermore, he is responsible to liaise with vendor/partners to offer AIG clients innovative tools and resources not directly available through AIG. Prior to joining AIG, Harry was vice president of business development at Driver’s Alert, an industry leader offering an integrated fleet safety platform combining crowd sourced observations, driver coaching, on-line safety training, motor vehicle records (MVRs) and safety focused telematics. Harry was also vice president of business development for 10 years at Element Fleet Services the industry’s largest full service fleet management and leasing company.
Dr. Denise A. Valenti has worked closely with sensory and cognitive impairment and the ability to safely drive as a clinical provider. She provided direct clinical care for 25 years and currently is active in research and consultation related to vision, cannabinoids, cognitive function and driving. The neurocognitive impact of cannabis is an active area of research as is the treatment potential for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. She is the principal in the development of technology to detect impairment in the retina with cannabis consumption, Impairment Measurement: Marijuana and Driving or IMMAD. The company provides education, services and technology for the responsible use of cannabis.
Ralf Wessel joined AGCO as fleet manager for North America in 2006 with a total of about 350 vehicles in Duluth, Georgia. In 2008 he was appointed as global fleet manager and implemented a global fleet strategy across all AGCO’s regions - authoring common structured fleet policies, created a global fleet procurement program and established global reporting guidelines for total fleet of about 2,800 units. In 2014 his unique work experience enabled his promotion to manager global security, global fleet and corporate facility standards where he still manages AGCO global fleet but he continues to expand his expertise to include global security and global facilities.