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Heavy Duty Dialogue (HDD) – Speakers


Featured Speakers:

Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig – Director, John Robson Program in Business, Public Policy, and Government, Goizueta Business School of Emory University

Jeffrey Rosensweig is the director of the John Robson Program in Business, Public Policy, and Government at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Rosensweig specializes in global strategy, global economics, and international finance and has published several papers in academic journals including the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, and Economic Inquiry. He is also the author of Winning the Global Game: A Strategy for Linking People and Profits and Age Smart: Discovering the Fountain of Youth at Midlife and Beyond.

Prior to joining Emory, he was senior international economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to Emory, Rosensweig also taught at MIT, where he earned his PhD in economics, as well as in the economics department and the School of Management at Yale University, where he received his M.A. and B.A. Rosensweig was recently selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 12 professors in Executive MBA programs worldwide.

A frequent economic commentator for CNN, Rosensweig is also often quoted in Forbes, Fortune, and BusinessWeek.

Robert Bryce – Energy Analyst & Author

Robert Bryce is one of America's top energy analysts. He is the acclaimed author of six books, including his most recent release A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Austin Chronicle, The Guardian, and Forbes.

Bryce has given over 300 invited or keynote lectures to groups ranging from the Marine Corps War College to the Sydney Institute and has appeared on a panoply of media outlets ranging from Fox News to Al Jazeera.

Bryce is also the producer of a new feature-length documentary Juice: How Electricity Explains the World, which is now available on major streaming services.

Ann Wilson – Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, MEMA

Ann Wilson serves as the sneior vice president for government affairs for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). In this position, she acts as the chief lobbyist for motor vehicle suppliers and MEMA's four market segment associations AASA, HDMA, MERA, and OESA.

Wilson has represented various industry groups before Congress and state legislatures including the Louisiana Municipal Association, the American Trucking Associations, and the American Moving and Storage Association, and spent six years as the chief lobbyist for the Rubber Manufacturers Association representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers.

Wilson is a graduate of the Washington University School of Law.

Ken Davis – Founder, Greentree Advisors LLC

Ken Davis is the founder of Greentree Advisors LLC, a consulting company to global manufacturing and distribution industries. Prior to founding Greentree Advisors in 2018, Davis spent 31 years with Eaton PLC, retiring as group president in 2017. At Eaton, Davis served 12 years as a corporate officer and over six years as vehicle group president.

Davis is a member of the board of directors for Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies and NationaLease. He is also a member of the board emeritus of Southwest Michigan First and is a member of the board of trustees of Gilmore Car Museum.

Davis is a graduate of Purdue University Krannert School of Management and earned his MBA at the University of Michigan.

Jason Roycht – Vice President, Technology Development and Strategy, Nikola Motor Company

Jason Roycht is the vice president of technology development and strategy at Nikola Motor Company, a zero emissions vehicle production company. Roycht joined Nikola in November 2019, after working with Nikola since 2016 in his former role as the head of Robert Bosch Commercial Vehicle business in North America. He additionally served on the Board of Directors for Nikola from 2018 to 2019.

Jason worked at Robert Bosch for over 20 years in various leadership positions, at the forefront of electrification, connectivity, and autonomy. As a graduate of Kettering University, Jason brings a strong technical background and business development acumen to help Nikola address key technology programs and strategy.

Robert Brown – Head of Public & Government Affairs, TuSimple

Robert Brown is head of public and government affairs at TuSimple, where he is responsible for federal, state, and local public and government relations. In this role, Brown focuses on working with legislators and regulators on best practices for safety, commercial viability, and policies. He works on building coalitions of industry, OEMs, Tier 1 providers, associations, and academics in the autonomous vehicle industry.

Prior to TuSimple, Robert worked for the state of California, was vice president at the Mitchell Firm, and taught at Oxford University and the University of California, San Diego.

Richard Beyer – Vice President, Engineering and R&D, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC

Richard Beyer is vice president of Engineering and R&D at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, a provider of steering, braking, HAD/ADAS, and eMobility systems to the trucking industry. In this role, Beyer is responsible for strategic direction definition for Bendix R&D efforts regionally for North America as well as assisting in coordination of Knorr-Bremse global R&D efforts.

Beyer has been with Bendix for 29 years (formally with Knorr-Bremse, the parent to Bendix) in the area of air brake control systems for commercial vehicles. Specializing in commercial vehicle braking and safety control systems, he is an integral part of the Bendix leadership. He holds 15 patents in the commercial vehicle and automotive arena.

Previously, Beyer held various leadership, engineering, and technical sales positions at AVL North America, Chrysler, and GM. He has also held various leadership positions in industry organizations including the SAE Truck and Bus Council and TMC. He has been an active member of SAE for over 30 years.

Beyer earned his degree in Electrical Engineering at Lawrence Institute of Technology.

Kevin Grove – Senior Research Associate, Center of Truck and Bus Safety,Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Kevin Grove is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Kevin is a human factors engineer who specializes in the real-world performance of automated vehicle systems and how these systems interact with human drivers. He has managed large naturalistic studies of Class 8 ADAS and how new safety technologies are adopted in the trucking industry. Kevin has recently been studying the interfaces of truck ADAS and how they can impact overall safety.



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