Meet the Experts
Don Butler is executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services at the Ford Motor Company. In this role, Don is responsible for Ford’s global integrated connectivity vision and strategy. He leads the development of a near-, mid- and long-term plan for implementation with the goals of delivering a best-in-class customer experience inside and outside of the vehicle. Don most recently was vice president, Cadillac Global Strategy for General Motors, where he led the development of the strategy for Cadillac’s global expansion. Don began his 30-year career with GM, as an engineer, and went on to hold a variety of executive roles, including vice president, Global and OEM business for OnStar, GM’s telematics business, and chairman and managing director of General Motors Egypt. He left GM in 2009 to become vice president, Marketing and Product Planning for INRIX, a vehicle traffic and data services start up. He returned to GM in 2010 as vice president of Cadillac Marketing.
Don earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the then-General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Arthur Jack is a Mobility Solutions Supervisor at Ford Motor Company, where he led a team to deliver the Car Swap, Dearborn Experiment as part of Ford’s Smart Mobility initiative. Arthur has over 25 years of automotive experience in various capacities at both the OEM and Tier 1 supplier level ranging from commercial account management , program management , product development, supplier quality infotainment and connected services. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA) with a M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University.
Dutch Mandel has spent an extraordinary amount of time around cars, which serves him well as publisher of Autoweek, the nation's only fortnightly car culture publication of record, covering cars, car-people, events, and motorsports for more than 57 years in print and at autoweek.com. He has written for Sports Car Graphic and Car and Driver, as well as Sport Diver, Backpacker, and Ski X-C magazines, and was automotive consultant on the Pixar movies Cars and Cars 2. For three decades he has worked in several capacities with four of the 24 titles owned by Crain Communications, Inc., parent of Autoweek. He has earned numerous journalism and magazine-writing awards. Dutch and his wife Rebecca divide their time between Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and Callawassie Island, South Carolina. They have three adult sons.
Since 1992, Curt Bailey has been the president of Sundberg-Ferar. Founded in 1934, Sundberg-Ferar ranks among the world’s first, and longest operating, industrial design innovation studios. Curt and his team de-commoditize products in a wide variety of industries, including housewares, transportation, medical, recreational, and consumer electronics. Curt is named as primary inventor on scores of U.S. patents and has spoken at numerous events on innovation and design.
SENATOR GARY PETERS
Senator Gary Peters represents the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. Gary serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Gary began his public service as a Rochester Hills City Councilman in 1991. In 1994, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate, where he had more bills signed into law than any other member of his party. Gary later served as the Michigan State Lottery Commissioner, where he generated a record amount of funding for public schools. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008, with the country facing unprecedented economic challenges, Gary fought alongside Michigan workers to ensure the survival of the auto industry. In 2015, Gary was elected to the U.S. Senate. Gary earned a B.A. in Political Science from Alma College, and also holds an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy, a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University.
Marques McCammon is the general manager for connected vehicle solutions at Wind River®, a wholly owned. subsidiary of Intel® Corporation, where he is responsible for software product strategy, marketing, engineering, and innovation. The Wind River automotive team is a global design, development, and integration organization that specializes in enabling next-level innovation through product and services delivery across the global automotive landscape. Marques has a diverse automotive product development, strategy, and general management experience that spans numerous leadership roles at automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and venture-backed start-ups, such as Chrysler/DiamlerChrysler, ASC, Saleen, and Aptera Motors.
Lee Barnes is responsible for strategic leadership, business development, and project execution for Ricardo’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle U.S. business. As director, he develops strategic partnerships to provide new technology, including Ricardo Agent Drive, which leverages agent-based modelling methodologies for developing and verifying autonomous vehicles (AV), developing advanced algorithms for AV control, and providing integration services for AV vehicle demonstration. Lee has over twenty years of automotive experience with various OEMs, tier one suppliers, and startup companies, including General Motors, United Technologies, and Onkyo America.
Dr. Peter Sweatman is founding director of the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center. MTC is a research and development partnership that is working with an array of corporate, government, and academic institutions to lay the foundation for a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles. Such a system holds the potential to reduce crashes by as much as 80 percent, while slashing fuel consumption, dramatically cutting carbon emissions, reducing congestion, and improving access to transportation. Peter is an international authority on transportation research and development, with a specialty in heavy-vehicle-infrastructure interaction, and has become widely recognized as a leader in intelligent vehicle systems. He left the University of Michigan in December 2015 to pursue a new business opportunity.
KIRK T. STEUDLE
Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Governor Rick Snyder appointed him state transportation director in January 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010. He is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy. In 2015, Kirk was named one of America's Top 25 Government Innovators by Government Technology.
Marc Winterhoff is a Partner in the Automotive Practice in North America and member of the Management Team of Roland Berger's North America operations. Marc studied electronic engineering and business in Darmstadt, and started his career in the software industry in the United States. He then worked for Arthur D. Little for over 11 years, focusing on the automotive industry. In 2007 he became head of the company's European automotive business and in 2010 was appointed Global Head of Automotive. Marc joined Roland Berger in October 2011 and assumes his responsibility for the North American automotive market beginning January 2012.