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Thom Callahan

Thom Callahan

President
Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA)

Thom Callahan is the President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA). Prior to joining SCBA, Thom was president of Callahan Communications, a firm focused on growing its clients’ business, strategic planning for brand awareness, and new market development. Previously, he was Director of Sales for Radiate Media, based in Los Angeles. With over 30 years of broadcast and digital platform experience in sales, sales management, research, content, new product development, and emerging markets, Thom has held senior management positions with The Associated Press, CBS Radio, Metro Networks, and Anheuser-Busch. Twice nominated as Radio Network News Executive of the Year, Callahan has been a guest speaker and moderator for NAB sponsored events on a variety of topics to the radio industry over the past 11 years. He has served as a member of the AP Radio advisory board, and has served on the advisory boards of the Ad Clubs in three cities. Check out Thom's Blog, "Listening For Radio" at http://scbaradio.com/.


Thomas J. Doll

Thomas J. Doll

President & COO
Subaru of America, Inc.

Thomas J. Doll is President & Chief Operating Officer for Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA), headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is responsible for overseeing operations for the entire organization. Doll joined SOA in 1982 and from 1985-1988, he was the Manager of Treasury Operations. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Treasury Operations and then to Director of Accounting one year later. In 1991, Doll became Vice President of Business and Strategic Planning. From there, he was promoted to CFO, responsible for business and strategic planning, budgeting, controller functions, accounting and financial reporting. In April 2009, Doll was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SOA, he spent five years at Arthur Young and Company. Doll received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and a Master’s Degree from Drexel University. Doll is active in several financial organizations including the American Institute of CPA.


Finbarr O’Neill

Finbarr O’Neill

CEO and President
J.D. Power

Fin O’Neill is President and CEO of J.D. Power, a global leader in providing benchmarks and insights into the Voice of the Customer. The company serves a variety of industries, including automotive, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, utilities and hospitality and travel. Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2008, Mr. O’Neill was vice chairman and CEO of Reynolds and Reynolds, a global provider of dealership management software and services. He also held positions as co-chairman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. from 2003 to 2005, and president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America from 1998 to 2003. Mr. O’Neill joined Hyundai Motor America as general counsel in February 1985.

Previously, Mr. O’Neill was employed by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. as senior counsel, following seven years of law practice in New York at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Mr. O’Neill formerly served as chairman of the board of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.


Anders Gustafsson

Anders Gustafsson

Senior Vice President Americas and President and CEO
Volvo Car Group

Anders Gustafsson’s career started at the local Volvo dealer from where he at an early stage was hand-picked by Volvo Car Sverige to be prepared for higher positions. He joined Hertz First Rent A Car at age 29 as Director for Sales & Marketing as well as Franchise Development and became the CEO for Hertz Sweden and COO for Hertz Nordic only a few years later. In 2009 he joined Volvo Cars Sweden as Deputy President and Sales Director Nordic and became President for Volvo Cars Sweden in 2011. In March 2015 Anders Gustafsson joined Volvo Car Group as Senior Vice President Europe and became a member of the Executive Management Team.


Peter Hoffman

Peter Hoffman

President
Sierra Autocars, Inc.

Peter Hoffman is the President of Sierra Autocars, Inc. dba Sierra Honda, Sierra Chevrolet and Sierra Subaru of Monrovia, Sierra Vehicles, Inc., dba Sierra Acura of Alhambra, RDJC LLC doing business as Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. The Sierra group of automobile dealerships is family-owned.

Mr. Hoffman served as a member of the California New Motor Vehicle Board from 2010 through 2013. He also is a director and former chairman of the California New Car Dealer Association and is a director and former president of the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association. He also is a director on the Southern California Chevrolet Local Area Marketing Board. He previous served for three years on the Acura National Dealer Advisory Board.

Born and raised in Pasadena and Sierra Madre, Mr. Hoffman now resides in Monrovia. He graduated from La Salle High School in Pasadena and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science degree in engineering from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate degree from UCLA. He had several years of engineering experience at Hughes Aircraft Company, seven years practicing law with Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott and over 29 years’ experience in the retail automobile business.

Mr. Hoffman is also active in the communities which his dealerships serve. Other than his service as a director of the Monrovia Library Foundation, he is active in the Kiwanis Club of Monrovia and served as a former trustee with La Salle High School, former director and president of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, a director for many years with Santa Anita Family Services and former chairman of the Monrovia High School AYES Business and Industry Council. The Sierra dealerships are also involved in and supportive of many community groups in the San Gabriel Valley.

Mr. Hoffman is married to Toni Hoffman and has two adult children, Brian and Leah.


Kristin Kolodge

Kristin Kolodge

Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMI
J.D. Power

Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.

Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions. Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.


David Pakman

David Pakman

Partner
Venrock

David is a Partner at Venrock, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family established in 1969. David focuses on early stage consumer and enterprise internet companies. His most notable investment and board was Dollar Shave Club (led Series A and B). Before Venrock, David was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. He also was the co-creator of Apple’s Music Group and worked at Apple for five years. He currently sits on the board of Dstillery, Pearl Automotive, YouNow, Misty Robotics, Amino Apps and works with Klout, Crunchyroll, and Nest.


Mark Scarpelli

Mark Scarpelli

Chairman
NADA

Mark Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. Scarpelli is 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and represents Metropolitan Chicago's franchised new-car dealers on its board of directors.


Steve Shannon

Steve Shannon

Automotive Advisor
Yext & Foursquare

Steve is a 32+ year veteran in the car business. He currently consults for 2 digital technology companies: Yext, the leader in Digital Knowledge and Location Management, and Foursquare, who enriches customer experiences through best-in-class Location Intelligence. Prior to this Steve served as CMO for Hyundai Motor America, responsible for all marketing activities including brand communications, dealer association advertising, all digital activities, CRM, sports sponsorships, and experiential efforts. He was lucky enough to lead multiple Super Bowl, Oscar, Grammy, and NCAA Football programs, and an award-winning multi-year integration with The Walking Dead. Before joining Hyundai, Shannon spent more than 28 years at GM, in his final position serving as Executive Director of marketing and product planning for Cadillac. Other positions included General Manager of Buick and Saab USA, and Executive Director of Marketing Services for GM Europe in Zurich Switzerland. He also spent 7 years with GM’s ground-breaking Saturn division, serving as Director of Marketing. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard, with an MBA from Columbia.


Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Executive Director
Great LA Dealer Association


Michael J. Stanton Jr.

Michael J. Stanton Jr.

Vice President & General Manager, Valuation Services
J.D. Power

Mike Stanton is the Vice President and General Manager of the Vehicle Valuation Practice at J.D. Power. He is responsible for formulating the vision and strategic direction, initiating growth strategies and coaching a team in all business areas, including information technology, sales, marketing, finance, product, and client support.

Mr. Stanton joined J.D. Power in 2015, when the company acquired the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Used Car Guide. Prior to the acquisition, he was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the NADA Used Car Guide, a vehicle valuation for-profit division of the NADA. There, he positioned the division as a leading automotive authority through better products, enhanced content, public relations and marketing efforts, resulting in significant increases in revenue and profitability. Previously at the NADA, Mr. Stanton was the executive director of industry affairs, where he served as the association’s primary liaison between automotive manufacturers and dealer members. Earlier, he was the national sales manager for the NADA Used Car Guide.

Prior to NADA, Mr. Stanton worked for two automobile manufacturers primarily assisting dealers with their sales and service operations. Mr. Stanton received a bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a MBA with a concentration in information technology from Virginia Tech.


Jeremy Tucker

Jeremy Tucker

Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media
Nissan North America, Inc.

Jeremy Tucker is vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, a position to which he was appointed in September 2014. In this role, Tucker reports to Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. and is responsible for marketing communications and media and model line/product marketing with focus on revenue growth and profit generation for the Nissan brand and its dealer network. Tucker joined Nissan from Disney Consumer Products where he led a franchise-focused strategic marketing organization across product business units and collaborated across The Walt Disney Company to ensure consistency with content creators. Prior to his role with Disney, Tucker was senior director of Marketing, National Brand Innovation for Frito-Lay, North America, a division of PepsiCo. During his tenure with PepsiCo, Tucker drove revenue and sales growth for multiple brands, including the turnaround of the multibillion dollar Doritos brand through consumer insights, product innovation and creative branding and media strategies. Tucker was also a part of the Procter & Gamble account team at Omnicom Group's Targetbase, where he worked on the Pampers, Iams and Eukanuba Pet Foods brands. Tucker holds bachelor's degrees in both fine art and marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. He is located in Franklin, Tennessee.


Joe White

Joe White

Reuters

Joe White joined Reuters in January 2015 as the transportation editor leading coverage of planes, trains and automobiles. Previously, he served as the global automotive editor and Detroit Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, where he oversaw coverage of the auto industry and ran the Detroit bureau. Joe is co-author (with Paul Ingrassia) of Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry, and he and Paul shared the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1993.


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