Chris Brower, SAA President
The global automotive and mobility market is complex and evolving at a rapid pace. External factors, political pressures, technology advancements, global economies and changing consumer behavior are just a few of the dynamics that change the way we do business. Yesterday’s strategy may already be obsolete and we have to be nimble just to survive, and even more so to succeed.
Change affects us all and has also affected me and the company I recently joined. We merged with Frontier Strategy Group to form DuckerFrontier, a leading global market intelligence and consulting firm. DuckerFrontier provides tailored solutions to drive growth for companies across numerous sectors, including automotive. Change is certainly occurring rapidly and all around us.
Being nimble to change is also true with the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA). We have to remain flexible to best provide value to our members and help guide them through uncertain waters. As part of our commitment to our members, we have continuously fine-tuned our organization to keep up with market and industry changes.
One way we have adapted is the composition of our Board of Directors – the team that helps guide the SAA forward. Our two most recent additions – Rivian’s Ethan Snyder and Waymo’s Cristi Landy – demonstrate our commitment to programs and content that help explain where the industry is moving in regards to alternative power vehicles and non-traditional manufacturing.
The changes we have made seem to be paying off. We recently held several of our best rated events in years – our exclusive tour of the Toyota’s North American R&D Headquarters, the Annual Automotive Outlook Conference and our Annual State of Recalls Summit. This momentum continues with our strong lineup of upcoming events:
Pathways to M&A Activity (May 21, 2019) – Held in conjunction with Conway MacKenzie and chaired by Colin Langan at UBS, this new event features top analysts discussing M&A activity and opportunities in the automotive sector, now and into the future.
10th Annual OEM Purchasing Executives Summit (June 18, 2019) – Held in conjunction with Plante Moran and chaired by Daron Gifford, attendees will not only hear about the impacts of healthy supplier-OEM relations, but will also have the chance to meet leading OEM purchasing executives and their staff.
Mobility Innovations Summit (Oct. 17, 2019) – Held in conjunction with DuckerFrontier and chaired by Abey Abraham, this first-ever event will examine innovations in lightweighting, autonomous vehicles, connected cars, electric and hybrid vehicles -- to name a few.
There is no better time to be an SAA member and to be engaged. Attend meetings, contribute to the LinkedIn community (click here if you are not in the group) and tell others about the SAA. To find out more about our events or the SAA in general, please visit www.SAAauto.com.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you are interested in sponsorship, joining the SAA Board or a planning committee, or have any ideas or comments. See you at our next event.