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The latest news releases from the SAA:

Society of Automotive Analysts Announces New Members for its 2019 Board of Directors

January 2, 2019 — The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) has announced its Board of Directors for 2019. Chris Brower will continue to serve as the SAA president for the 2019 term.

Five new members were also elected to the Society’s Board of Directors:

  • Abey Abraham, Managing Director, Ducker Worldwide
  • Daron Gifford, Partner, Strategy and Automotive Consulting Leader, Plante Moran
  • Jeanette Pierce, Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Experience Factory
  • Ethan Snyder, Director of Product Planning, Rivian Automotive
  • Scott Tappan, Director of Sales and Marketing, United Road Services

“Consistent with SAA’s 30-year heritage of providing members unique access, compelling events and strategic insights to inform their business planning requirements, this new cross-section of board members truly complements our existing board makeup, which we believe will provide additional value to our members,” Brower said. “These members are top-notch thought leaders in our industry and they have already offered some amazing perspectives on how to help move the SAA forward.  I am ready to start working with them to execute a fantastic 2019 events plan.

“Abey and Daron are well respected within the industry and bring a wealth of knowledge to the Board on numerous key industry topics. Jeanette’s company has been celebrating and showcasing Detroit for more than 12 years, and she will help offer SAA members ways to get more connected to Detroit’s revitalization. Ethan has a strong background with forecasting and analytics which is consistent with the SAA mission.  Scott has a wealth of experience and connections in the mobility and technology arena which is an area that SAA’s members would like to explore deeper,” Brower added.

The five new Board members join the existing SAA Board of Directors which includes:


  • President – Chris Brower, Commercial Director – Global Strategy & Transactions Advisory, Ducker Worldwide
  • Secretary – Adam Bernard, Associate Director, Competitor Intelligence, General Motors
  • Treasurer – Jeff Bagalis, Director in the Dispute Advisory and Forensic Services Group, Stout


  • Stacey Boyle, Communications and Events Manager, US Council for Automotive Research
  • Anne Cascadden, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate General
  • Boris Gavric, Chief Operating Officer, QM Automotive
  • Ken Horbatiuk, Manager of Competitive Intelligence for NAFTA, FCA US LLC
  • Colin Langan, Director, General Industrials Group, UBS
  • Jeff Schuster, Senior Vice President of Forecasting, LMC Automotive
  • David Stout, General Manager, Global Electronics
  • Chairman: Tom Libby, Manager, Loyalty Solutions, IHS Markit

Automotive Lightweighting Summit to Recognize Innovation and Examine Lightweighting Effects Throughout the Value Chain

October 4, 2018 –The Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) is hosting its 3rd Annual Automotive Lightweighting Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). The event will take place at the Federal Reserve Bank, Detroit Branch.

Attendees can save money by registering during the early-bird period which runs through September 27, 2018. Due to security procedures at the Federal Reserve Bank, no registrations on the day of the event will be accepted.

New to the Summit this year will be the announcement of the Lightweighting Innovation Award, an expanded speaker line-up and a keynote speaker during lunch. The keynote will be delivered by Craig Bouchard, Chairman and CEO, Braidy Industries, whose company has been all over the news lately as the company looks to disrupt the aluminum industry. Orders for formed aluminum sheet products from Braidy’s new rolling mill in Kentucky, through 2026 are already at 200 percent of output that’s expected when the facility opens in 2020.

Speakers include:

  • David Anderson, Senior Director, Automotive Technical Panel and Long Products Program at Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI)
  • Mark Barrott, Principal, Plante Moran
  • Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist and Senior Director of Industry Insights at Cox Automotive Inc.
  • Chuck Evans, Corporate Vice President, Henkel
  • Daron Gifford, Partner, Strategy and Automotive Consulting Leader, Plante Moran
  • Curt Horvath, Technical Fellow/Global Lead, Ferrous & Non-ferrous Sheet Metals, General Motors
  • Jim Mortenson, Director, Strategic Product Development, Worthington Industries
  • Sarah Ollila, Technology Development Manager, Department of Energy
  • Richard Schultz, Project Consultant, Ducker Worldwide
  • Mike Siwajek, Vice President of Research and Development, Continental Structural Plastics
  • Scott Ulnick, Chairman and Managing Principal, Ducker

The first-ever Lightweighting Innovation Award will also be presented at the Summit. The award will honor the innovative lightweighting application, its benefits and the company responsible for the innovation. Judges from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Automotive Engineering Magazine/SAE will select the winner.

More information on the event and the SAA can be found at

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