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A 15-year-plus veteran of the SAA and a member of the SAA board for nine years, Chris D. Brower is a passionate advocate of the automotive industry and the role that analytics and market intelligence plays in business decision-making, scenario planning and new venture development. Chris is committed to fostering mentorship opportunities, industry insights, and professional, civic, and social enrichment across a wide array of automotive industry verticals, all with the promise to offer enhanced value to SAA members.

Currently serving as the Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning at a supplier, he leads the design and rollout of the company’s strategy, marketing, and opportunity assessment. He also served as the Managing Director of a global investment fund, as well as advised clients on go-to-market planning for KPMG’s Corporate Strategy and M&A Consulting Practice, guided forecasting and quantitative customer initiatives for J.D. Power and Associates, led business development for a financial unit at Capital One, and rose through multiple operational roles at Chrysler.  International experience includes Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

Recognized as an author, thought leader, startup mentor and industry speaker, Chris twice orchestrated SAA’s Lightweighting Summit and is working with the Board of Directors to offer even more valuable and informative events and networking opportunities focused on the next wave of mobility. His experience and professional network spans manufacturers, private equity/venture capital investors, dealers, distributors, and start-ups. For 2018, he seeks to welcome new SAA members, speakers, and sponsors for the SAA community while strengthening association interests and expanding external partnerships.

A distinguished MBA graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Chris graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Albion College. He was named to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 and Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Business Leaders Roundtable, the Detroit Association for Business Economists, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Detroit Economic Club, and a business mentor to the University of Michigan’s private equity/ venture capital program, local investment funds and business accelerators. Married with three children, Chris resides in Michigan.



Adam Bernard, General Motors

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Adam Bernard is associate director of competitor intelligence for General Motors.
Adam joined GM Design as an intern while still in school, as part of GM's Strategic Planning Group, working on market research, brand development and auto show strategy. He began doing CI work while still at Design in 1993, and left Design in 1999 to join GM's newly centralized intelligence activity.  He currently serves as associate director, running GM's vehicle intelligence team and interfacing with its global intelligence network. Adam has served as chair of GM PLUS, GM's employee resource group for lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered employees since 2006.
Adam received his BSME at MIT in 1986 and his MBA at Harvard in 1990. He also serves as  president of the Detroit chapter of the Lambda Car Club (a nationwide organization for gay and lesbian car enthusiasts) since January, and a member of their board since 2006.



Jeff Bagalis, Stout Risius Ross

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Jeff Bagalis is a Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group. He has provided litigation consulting services for purposes including professional malpractice, financial reporting fraud, automotive industry OEM and supplier claims, business interruption claims, post-acquisition disputes. In connection with these services, he regularly performs fact finding and discovery assistance, lost profit calculations, business valuations, lost earnings and wages computations, and other financial analyses. 



Abey Abraham, Ducker Worldwide

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As Managing Director at Ducker Worldwide, Abey works closely with key North American and Global accounts to help achieve strategic growth objectives. With a core focus on Ducker’s light vehicle and materials practice, Abey is actively involved in client initiatives including alternative light weighting and materials strategies, telematics and infotainment technology assessment, alternative supplier assessments, as well as market entry in developing regions.

Abey has extensive research and strategic planning expertise in the automotive and material industries.  With over 12 years of experience Abey directs multiple client engagements in the fields of technology trend assessment, competitive analysis, the voice of customer, market size and segmentation and data modeling. Since joining Ducker, Abey has managed several global initiatives throughout out the world including leading project teams throughout Europe and Asia. Abey is a speaker for many automotive market events including light vehicle material trends and market entry strategies for foreign markets.

Abey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Ducker, Mr. Abraham held positions within US Airways Corporation and CDW Corporation in Account Management, Strategy, and Business & Product Development disciplines. He is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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Gary is a 12 year veteran of the automotive industry and graduate of Oakland University business school with a focus in Marketing and Information Systems Management.   

Experience includes account management in component & system sales, sales expansion planning, competitor intelligence, marketing systems development and market research at DENSO.  He has also spent time forecasting North & South America powertrain production as a Senior Powertrain Analyst at LMC Automotive.  He is currently the North American Sales planning lead at DENSO.  

Gary's history with SAA dates back to 2011 when he joined as a member of the newly founded Young Professionals Network (YPN).  He continued to support YPN in various roles including the group Director and SAA Board Advisor.  In which time he managed all aspects of YPN events, membership, and developed a sponsorship package to support future growth.  He continues to support both SAA and YPN events as a member and non-voting supporter of the SAA’s Board. 


Anne Cascadden, Canadian Consulate General

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As the Trade Commissioner responsible for the Automotive Industry within the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit, Anne Cascadden has responsibilities to promote Canadian supplier capabilities and investment  value proposition in this industry within the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. 

Anne has been with the Consulate for over 25 years.  She began in the Tourism division before moving to Trade in 1993 and took over the automotive file in 2000. 

Ms. Cascadden was born in Windsor, Ontario.  She holds diplomas in Communications and Tourism Marketing and a B.S. degree in Political Science.


Boris Gavric, QM Automotive

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Boris Gavric is the chief operating  officer of QM Automotive.  Prior to joining QM, he was global vice president of sales and marketing for Henniges Automotive. Boris joined Henniges in April 2003 and was responsible for development and delivery of global customer strategies, growth and marketing in addition to new markets and innovation in sealing and glass encapsulation business. He has 16 years of experience in engineering, operations, M&A, global sales, and marketing. 

Boris earned a BS in Biology; a Hons.B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Windsor), a Masters in Biomedical Engineering (Wayne State), and an MBA (Michigan State). He received the Young Leaders in Manufacturing Award from SAE International in 2009.



Ken Horbatiuk, FCA US LLC

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Ken Horbatiuk is Manager of Competitive Intelligence for NAFTA FCA US LLC. With over 32 years at the company, he has held various positions with increasing responsibility in Sales Operations, Product Strategy and Product Planning. Prior to joining FCA, he worked at GM of Canada. 

He is an automotive consultant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a life-time member with the Automotive Hall of Fame and a member of the Automotive Press Association.

Ken received his BBA with Majors in Business and Economics from Northwood University and has served as Adjunct Instructor at the institution. He also earned an MBA with a Marketing concentration from Wayne State University.

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Colin Langan is a Director in the General Industrials group at UBS covering the US Automotive sector. He joined UBS in 2005 as an Associate Analyst in this sector.

Earlier in his career, Colin was a Senior Associate at Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Colin is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant.


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Daron Gifford, Plante Moran

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Daron is partner-in-charge of the firm’s strategy and automotive industry consulting practices. With more than four decades of industry experience in automotive, manufacturing, energy and experience, Daron is known for his versatility and thoughtful, strategic insights as a trusted advisor to executives globally.

Daron’s extensive experience includes technology, operations and strategic management consulting for a wide range of companies in manufacturing and services, encompassing strategy, market and operational assessments, due diligence, restructuring, and business planning for technologies in advanced vehicles, energy, and environmental applications.  He has also served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy on the automotive industry and advanced technologies.

Daron has a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Industrial Administration from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). 


Jeanette Pierce, Detroit Experience Factory

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Jeanette Pierce is a social entrepreneur and lifelong city resident who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood on the east side of Detroit. She has a bachelor’s of arts degree in communication from Aquinas College, and has been walking to work since she moved to downtown Detroit in 2003...which is pretty much unheard of in the Motor City.

In 2006, while working at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, she founded a grassroots nonprofit that used tours and experiences to take people beyond the headlines and educate them about Detroit’s history, culture and community. Today that organization has evolved into the Detroit Experience Factory which operates the only Detroit Welcome Center and creates eye-opening experiences and innovative resources ​that ​connect locals ​and ​visitors to Detroit’s people, places and projects.  Over 95,000 people have taken a tour in the last 12 years to learn about Detroit’s assets, small businesses, historic ​neighborhoods, city planning and development policies and innovative solutions to the challenges the city faces.

She has presented at more than 100 events including the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance’s Annual Meeting, The City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Organization Workshop and the International Downtown Association’s Urban District Forum. She was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top 20 in their 20s, has been awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press, Shooting Star Award from MichBusiness and the Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award.


Jeff Schuster, LMC Automotive

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Jeff Schuster is Senior Vice President of Forecasting at LMC Automotive. He is responsible the Americas, with forecasting activity in North and South American under his direction. Mr. Schuster is also a member of the LMC Automotive board of directors. Included in his role is the leadership of the regional sales, production and powertrain forecasting services that detail manufacturer, segment, platform, model, and plant trends. In addition, he is one of the firm’s primary global automotive experts.

Mr. Schuster has been tracking developments in the global automotive industry for nearly twenty years and has been with LMC Automotive since its inception in 2011. He is widely quoted by the automotive media in print, radio and broadcast television. He frequently makes industry conference and seminar presentations covering the current assessment and outlook of the automotive industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schuster led the automotive forecast division of J.D. Power and Associates and has experience in financial analysis and cash management in the automotive supply base.

Mr. Schuster holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Science degree in corporate finance from Walsh College. He is an active member of Society of Automotive Analysts and the Automotive Press Association.

David B. Stout, SAE Detroit

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David B. Stout has served as a Director of SAE International and was 2016 chair of the SAE Detroit Section where he has organized numerous technical workshops.  He also is chair of the SAE Publications Operating Board and is on the SAE Commercial Vehicle Executive Council.  He is a founder of the annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), currently in its 9th year finals with finals held at the 2017 SAE World Congress.  David consults for high technology companies, mostly European, in the business development and strategic assessment arena.  He is also a founder and investor in the battery enhancement start-up, LogiCoul Solutions. He is EVP, Business Development for that company.  He will be a board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts beginning in 2017.

Previously David held leadership positions at Corning, both in North America and in Europe, in its electronics and fiber optic communications businesses.  More recently he has been president of TEMIC Automotive, an automotive electronics division of Daimler Benz and VP, Americas for WABCO Vehicle Control Systems. 

Mr. Stout has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he rowed on a national champion lightweight rowing team and received an MBA from University of Chicago in International Business and Finance.

Scott Tappan, United Road Services

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Scott Tappan is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 20 years leading automotive teams in technology, digital and manufacturing companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. His background includes an extensive career at General Motors where he built a solid automotive foundation in field sales, brand management, e-GM and OnStar.

At OnStar, Scott played a central role launching XM Satellite Radio in GM vehicles, receiving the GM Chairman’s Award for his contribution. He then moved to SiriusXM Radio as the VP of automotive sales, marketing and operations. His team transformed the SiriusXM brand identity in the automotive sector and pioneered a new “remarketing” vertical that captured 1 million new subscribers from used vehicle buyers in the first year by negotiating customer data contracts with all OEMs and their respective dealers.

Scott then acquired significant digital experience by taking on the chief sales officer role at digital marketing firm Search Optics. His team of 120 professionals delivered a 60% increase in revenue in one year from selling digital solutions such as websites, paid search and social media to dealers and dealer groups.

After two years serving as VP of sales and marketing at EBSCO Industries in Sarasota, FL, Scott returned to his automotive roots in Detroit. He recently accepted a role at United Road Services, leading the national sales and marketing efforts. United Road is a premier auto transport company, shipping over three million vehicles annually throughout the United States and Canada.

Scott volunteers his time as an executive mentor at Techstars Mobility, which invests in start-up companies building technologies and innovative business models that impact how people and goods move across all modes of transportation. Leading mobility themes include autonomous, connected, shared, and electric vehicles.


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Tom Libby is a Loyalty Solutions Expert with IHS Markit based in Southfield, Mich.  As a Loyalty Solutions Expert, Tom provides insights and supporting analyses on various topics to U.S. – based automotive clients.  One of IHS Markit’s thought leaders, Tom frequently writes for the company's blog where he posts compelling questions and commentary.   Prior to joining IHS, Tom worked at both Ford Motor Company (Ford and Lincoln-Mercury Divisions) and J.D. Power and Associates (including the Power Information Network). 

Tom is a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Society of Automotive Analysts, and he is also a member of the Automotive Press Association.  During 2009 Tom wrote a regular blog called the Libby Letter for the on-line version of the Detroit Free Press.

Tom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Columbia University.  He has served as an adjunct Professor of Market Research at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.