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AutoVision a Huge Success

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Our first-ever conference, AutoVision, exceeded our expectations, with a world-class agenda helping us sell out registrations. A post-conference survey confirmed the success, with 100 percent of respondents saying they would recommend AutoVision to others.

More than 240 people converged on the Downtown Marriott in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 14 and 15. Manufacturers and suppliers represented at the conference included Akebono Brake, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, Toyota and many more. Participants represented about 115 organizations, including all three of Kentucky’s OEM’s and 44 suppliers. Officials from various government and economic development entities also attended.

“Our speakers brought fresh perspectives to topics of common interest and challenged traditional thinking about how we forge new roads ahead for our industry,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA executive director.

Industry executives, experts and analysts filled the two-day agenda. Participants also enjoyed a sold-out exhibitor hall and evening cocktail receptions, including one that showcased models from Kentucky’s OEMs: Ford’s Lincoln MKC, GM’s Corvette and Toyota’s Camry. Based on survey feedback, a larger, more integrated exhibitor hall is planned for 2016.

“We can’t thank our speakers and panelists – many of whom are KAIA board members – and our sponsors and exhibitors enough. Without them, this conference could not have been as successful as it was,” Tatman said. “We can’t wait for next year.”

If you can’t wait either, sponsorships for 2016 are being developed now and will be available soon.

 

Executive Director Update

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We are still basking in the glow of our sold-out AutoVision conference. The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s first-ever conference earlier this month in Louisville was a resounding success, and we thank everyone who participated – whether as a registrant, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor. If you missed it, check out this photo gallery. Some of the presentations will be added to the AutoVision website soon.

The KAIA is already strategizing for the encore next fall, including a larger, more integrated exhibitor hall and more topics on workforce development. For those of you building your 2016 budgets, don’t forget to include an AutoVision sponsorship, which will be available soon. Call or e-mail me for more information.

For the rest of 2015, we’ll focus on building membership and planning a legislative platform to advocate for our members.

If you are interested in hosting an event or participating in the membership drive, please let us know. If you’re already a member and want to help in a small way, please share this newsletter with colleagues who have not yet joined, along with a testimonial. As business professionals, we all know that word of mouth is the best advertising.

Speaking of members, we want to be a unified voice to advocate for them and to highlight the significant role that the automotive industry plays in Kentucky’s economy. To that end, we’ll work to build relationships with legislators in Frankfort and beyond.

Thanks again for your membership and your support. Energized by our summer successes of the economic impact report, six regional forums and AutoVision, let us now turn our attention to making our organization – and our industry – even stronger.

Stay tuned.

 

U.S. Transportation Leader Points to Kentucky’s Key Role in Nation’s Auto Industry

Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez among Speakers at AutoVision 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 15, 2015) – Kentucky’s inaugural AutoVision Conference wrapped up Tuesday with a full day of future-focused presentations from auto industry experts and leaders, including U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez.

US DOT Deputy SecretaryMendez delivered the conference’s keynote address, highlighting for a crowd of more than 260 attendees the significant impact of the auto industry – both in Kentucky and the nation.

“The stats are amazing what the industry does from an economic standpoint. It’s pretty incredible here in Kentucky,” Mendez said. “It’s pretty amazing in terms of the effect that all of you have on the economy.”

A longtime advocate for technology and innovation in transportation, Mendez described how advances in the auto industry are supporting the Transportation Department’s primary goal: safety.

“For the last day-and-a-half, you all have heard about innovation in transportation, ranging from design innovation, performance innovation and industry work force innovation,” Mendez said. “I want to talk about the most critical type of innovation that we can think of, and that is safety. At the U.S. Department of Transportation, safety is our No. 1 priority. It always has been, and it always will be.”

Mendez led a long list of national and international automotive leaders who came to Kentucky to discuss the future of automotive manufacturing.

AutoVision, an event created by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, represents the first time national and state industry leaders from major OEMs, suppliers and service providers have gathered in Kentucky to discuss the state of the industry and the prospects for its future.

The presenting sponsor for the event was the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Among the list of automotive manufacturers and suppliers represented at the conference were Akebono Brake, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, and Toyota.

“The conference exceeded all expectations,” said KAIA Executive Director Dave Tatman said. “Our speakers brought fresh perspectives to topics of common interest and challenged traditional thinking about how we forge new roads ahead for our industry. We can’t wait for next year’s event.”

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best-practice sharing and leveraging the expertise of world-renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook or Twitter.

Ford Futurist Maps Road Ahead for Automotive Industry at AutoVision 2015

Inaugural auto conference draws more than 260 for first day of programs

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 14, 2015) – More than 260 auto industry leaders from Kentucky and beyond gathered in Louisville Monday for the first-ever AutoVision Conference.

The two-day event, a creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, is bringing together auto industry experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders to discuss the future of automotive manufacturing and hear about changes that lie ahead.

The presenting sponsor of the event is the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“I’m thrilled to see this conference come together and to see such a large crowd, because a strong and growing auto manufacturing industry is critical to the economic future of this Commonwealth,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in his welcoming remarks. “The Kentucky automotive industry contributes $14.3 billion to our gross state product. That’s one out of every $13. Auto-related products make up one-fifth of our exports. And the industry is linked to one out of every 18 jobs in Kentucky.”

“No other industry drives our state and national economy like automotive manufacturing and supply,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “We’ve had tremendous success building this industry, but it’s important to look ahead for potential opportunities and roadblocks so that we remain on the fast track.”

Experts talk about innovations, changing needs
The first day of programming included presentations by Ford Motor Co. Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Sheryl Connelly and Gary Silberg, KPMG’s national lead partner for the automotive industry.

Connelly said Ford is identifying and following emerging trends such as the needs of aging consumers, changing attitudes and physiology of car buyers and the growing “information addiction” that is driving changes in technology offerings in vehicles.

“To be innovative, the challenge is to imagine a future that hasn’t been imagined,” Connelly said.

Silberg described how the industry using technology and innovation, such as the development of autonomous vehicles, to change consumers’ lives.

“In our view, the winning companies are going to make your life better,” Silberg said. “It’s not just about mobility – getting from point A to point B – it’s about the experience in the vehicle and the flexibility to do other things while commuting. The winning formula is one that allows the vehicle to seamlessly integrate into our connected lives to make things easier and make us more efficient.”

The agenda Monday also included a panel discussion on developing lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The panel, moderated by Richard Curless of Five Machining Systems Inc., included:

  • Tom Boney, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Value Stream, Novelis North America;
  • John Cardwell, Global Account Manager, Arcelor Mittal;
  • Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

AutoVision will have a full day of programs Tuesday, including a keynote address by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez.

Others industry leaders participating in presentations and panel discussions include:

  • Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors
  • Doug Cain, CEO, Mubea North America
  • Pierre Abboud, President and CEO, Bosch
  • John Bradburn, Environmental Engineer, Chevrolet Europe
  • Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News bureau chief
  • Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results
  • Thomas Croskey, Executive Director Manufacturing Strategy and Planning, General Motors.

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best-practice sharing and leveraging the expertise of world-renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Ford Futurist to Keynote Opening Session of AutoVision 2015 Conference

GM economist to discuss industry’s road ahead during Tuesday presentation

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 9, 2015) – Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring for Ford Motor Co., will now offer her insights on the changing automotive industry during the conference’s opening session on Monday, Sept. 14.

Connelly will present, “Focused on the Future: Predicting Consumer Demands, New Technologies and Design Innovations,” from 2-3 p.m. Connelly had been schedule to speak Tuesday, Sept. 15, but the conference agenda was rearranged this week as a result of a scheduling conflict.

 

Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist for General Motors Co., will now speak Tuesday morning. His presentation, “Boom or Bubble: What’s Ahead for the Global Auto Industry,” is scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

He will join more than a dozen industry leaders presenting at the conference Tuesday, including U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez. Mendez will deliver the keynote address from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Time running out to attend conference

AutoVision 2015 is an inaugural event for automotive experts, manufacturers, suppliers and other business leaders from Kentucky and across the country. The forward-looking automotive conference will be held Sept.14-15 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Among the topics to be discussed will be industry advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries. Speakers at the event include leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota.

The AutoVision conference was created by the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor of the conference.

More than 200 attendees already have registered for the limited-seating event. Some walk-up registrations may be accepted. However, to ensure registration, attendees are asked to buy tickets in advance. Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook or Twitter.
 
 

U.S. Transportation Leader to Address Global
Automotive Conference in Louisville

U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez to discuss innovation in transportation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2015) – U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, a longtime transportation leader, will deliver keynote remarks at the inaugural AutoVision Conference in Louisville on Sept. 15, the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association announced today.

victor_mendezMendez will discuss innovations in automotive technology and the critical role of the U.S. automotive industry. Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez served as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

During his time at FHWA, Mendez parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts Initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.

“We are fortunate to welcome one of our nation’s most respected and experienced transportation officials,” said Dave Tatman, KAIA executive director. “Deputy Secretary Mendez will bring timely, cross-sector information about how transportation trends will affect our industry, and in turn, how we can be proactive in adapting to those changes.”

While serving at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Mendez has also been a pivotal and supportive leader in major transportation infrastructure projects in the Kentucky and Indiana region including the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, the emergency repair of the Sherman Minton Bridge, and a $24 million TIGER grant for a key segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion in Eastern Kentucky.

About AutoVision 2015
Mendez is one of more than two dozen national and international leaders speaking at the AutoVision Conference on Sept. 14-15. The two-day conference at the Louisville Marriott Downtown is the creation of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association, the organization representing the state’s $14 billion economic engine.

Major advances such as self-driving cars, lighter-weight vehicles and long-lasting electric batteries will be among the topics discussed by leading experts from across the nation and beyond. Leaders from Kentucky’s major automotive manufacturers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota will be among the presenters.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a leader in the expansion of Kentucky’s auto industry, will address the audience and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the presenting sponsor.

Speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions will focus on cutting-edge technology and timely issues, including workforce training and regulatory changes, to help position business leaders for opportunities and growth.

Get more information and register at www.autovisionconference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

 

To learn more, visit http://kyautoindustry.com or follow the association on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kyautoindustry or Twitter (https://twitter.com/KYAutoIndustry).

AutoVision Conference Boasts Stars of Industry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 3, 2015) – Engineering innovators, workforce development experts and energy visionaries are among the confirmed speakers at the inaugural Kentucky Automotive Industry Association’s (KAIA) AutoVision conference in September.  The conference will also include plenty of networking opportunities and exhibits.

KAIA released its current agenda today, with more speakers and events expected to be announced in the coming days.

“If your business wants firsthand and first-rate information about the future of the auto industry, you don’t have to go to Detroit.  Just be in Louisville this fall,” said Dave Tatman, executive director of KAIA. “We’re bringing the experts to our own backyard.  That gives our stellar manufacturing community an unmatched opportunity to collaborate with other industry leaders in shaping the future of our sector.”

The full conference agenda is available at http://kyautoindustry.com/AutoVision/agenda.php.

Presentations and speakers include:

  • “Boom or Bubble: What’s Ahead for the Global Auto Industry?” Mustafa Mohatarem, chief economist, General Motors
  • “2020 Vision: Autonomous Cars are Coming” Gary Silberg, KPMG’s national lead partner and author of “Me, My Car, My Life”
  • “Focused on the Future: Predicting Consumer Demands, New Technologies and Design Innovations” Sheryl Connelly, Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Co.
  • “Ready for Launch: How Suppliers Survive Model Changes” Moderated by Lindsay Chappell, Bureau Chief, Automotive News; panelists Doug Cain, CEO, Mubea North America; Pierre Abboud, President and CEO, ZF Steering Systems, Bosch; and Jim Cuppy, Vice President, Quality Assurance, Hitachi Automotive Systems.
  • “Tooling Up: North America’s Position in the Tool and Die Competition” Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results
  • “Lean and Green: How the Industry is Embracing Sustainability” John Bradburn, Environmental Engineer at Chevrolet Europe, General Motors
  • “Automotive Talent: Who Will Drive Our Future?” Kristin Dziczek, Director, Industry & Labor Group, Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • “Innovation in Location: Site Selection in a Competitive World” Mike Mullis, President and CEO, J. M. Mullis, Inc.

Get more information and register at www.AutoVisionConference.com.

About the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association
The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) was established to advance and promote Kentucky’s automotive industry by providing leadership and creating collaborative partnerships. As the primary state association designed to unite Kentucky’s automotive manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, KAIA serves as a unifying voice that strives to anticipate and address common challenges and achieve shared goals. By creating a forum for best practice sharing, leveraging the expertise of world renowned automotive-related companies, the association seeks to further grow and strengthen the industry across the Commonwealth.

Helping KAIA Spread the Word Through Social Media

The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA) is getting help spreading its news through a variety of sources. KAIA’s communications partner, C2 Strategic Communications, has helped the organization build its membership base and drive home the importance of Kentucky’s vital automotive industry. C2 also is heavily involved in staging the first AutoVision Conference.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) also is helping spread the word about the importance of the auto industry through ongoing updates, as well as ongoing campaigns to highlight the businesses, workforce and successes of the automotive industry in the Commonwealth.

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