April 12, 2017, Jacob Javits Center

In advance of the 10-day New York International Auto Show, join leaders and visionaries in the mobility, transportation, government and financial communities at the inaugural Empire State of Mobility Conference.  Be a part of the first conference focused on how private/public partnerships will fund the major infrastructure improvements necessary to create connected mobility.

As the most densely populated US city and the home of the world’s financial industry, New York is the natural location to address how to fund and turn fundamental shifts in mobility into lucrative business opportunities, promote access to jobs, make logistics smarter, connect visitors, empower citizens
and make transportation more sustainable.

Location Jacob Javits Convention Center | Room and Lobby: 1E15
Conference Date Wednesday, April 12 | 9:30AM-1:30PM

The Empire State of Mobility Conference is taking place as part of the New York International Auto Show.  Purchasing the conference pass also grants you access to the show floor for press days on April 12th and April 13th. The pass does not allow access to the Auto Show’s public days.

Conference Schedule


Registration Opens


Welcome Remarks, Mark Schienberg, President, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association


Opening Remarks, Doug Newcomb, President and Cofounder, C3 Group


Keynote Address, Congressman Dan Lipinski


Panel Discussion: Transforming Urban Mobility Through Public-Private Partnerships

No one industry or government entity can do alone. To get to a future in which modern urban mobility is connected, efficient and economical will take unprecedented cooperation among the public and private sectors. We’re already starting to see collaboration among innovators from the business, government and research communities. In this panel, we’ll hear from pioneers on the front lines of this collective process and how those that follow can learn from their experience.

Moderator: Doug Newcomb, President and Cofounder, C3 Group

• Anthony Fatone Jr., Regional Vice President, Zipcar New York
• Sam Abuelsamid, Senior Analyst, Navigant Research
• ‎Mary Chan, Managing Partner, VectoIQ


Audience Q&A


Special Presentation: Big Data Drives Smarter AV Decisions, Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist, INRIX


Panel Discussion: Cities as Test Beds for Modern Mobility Solutions

Cities around the world are becoming more crowded and congested, and this is projected to only increase due to population patterns over the next few decades. At the same time, transportation is being transformed and disrupted by technology ranging from ride-sharing to self-driving cars to mobility-as-a-service apps. This makes cities like New York an ideal test bed for modern mobility solutions and provides a perfect opportunity for policymakers and business leaders to work together to solve tomorrow’s transportation problems today.

Moderator: Seval Oz, Former CEO, Continental ITS and Former Head of Global Partnerships and Business Development, GoogleX

• Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist, INRIX
• Grayson Brutle, President, Brutle & Company
• Dawn Manley, Director, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center
• Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.


Audience Q&A


Closing Remarks, Doug Newcomb, President and Cofounder, C3 Group


Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Pioneer Electronics



Illinois Congressman and senior member of the U.S. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Dan Lipinski is a proud native of Illinois’ Third Congressional District, which includes parts of the southwest side of Chicago, southwest Cook County, and northeastern Will County.  Now in his seventh term, Rep. Lipinski has distinguished himself as a champion of the middle class.  He is a leader on transportation issues, the promotion of American manufacturing, job creation through research and technological innovation, strengthening Buy American laws, restoring fiscal responsibility, and honoring America’s veterans and seniors.

Congressman Lipinski has earned a reputation as a legislator who brings people together to solve problems, even during historic congressional gridlock.  He also believes a representative must be accessible to his constituents.  As a result, he spends most of his time at home and in the district listening to the concerns of those he represents where he is known locally for his top-notch constituent services and his work on behalf of veterans and senior citizens.

Congressman Lipinski earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and his Masters Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.  He is one of only a few members of Congress with a background in engineering.  This provides him with a valuable perspective on technology policy as well as science, math and engineering education, all of which are vital to our country’s continued success.  Dan also has a PhD in Political Science from Duke University.

Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Dan Lipinski served as college professor where he taught college level American Government focusing on the legislative process, the inner workings of government, and the practice of American democracy. Lipinski taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Tennessee.

Congressman Lipinski is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the House Committee on Science and Technology in which he serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

Rep. Lipinski and his wife, Judy, reside in Western Springs.  In their free time, they are avid runners, participating in numerous races each year, ranging from two-mile sprints to half-marathons.


Managing Partner, VectoIQ, LLC. Formerly President, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors

Mary Chan joined General Motors in 2012 as President, Global Connected Consumer. She was responsible for building the next generation of connected vehicle product and services. Chan successfully led the growth and expansion of GM’s flagship connectivity service, OnStar, which has brought safety and security connectivity services to more than 7 million global subscribers. She led the industry first launch of 4G LTE connectivity across GM’s global brands in US, China, Europe, and Mexico.

Mary joined GM from Dell Inc., where she was senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services since 2009. At Dell, she was responsible for developing Enterprise BYOD services and Enterprise Mobility Application development services. In addition, she was also responsible for managing the Alienware Gaming and XPS personal computing products.

Prior to Dell, Mary held various EVP and SVP executive positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies Inc. as president of 4G/LTE Wireless Networks and president of Global Wireless Networks. She led the Wireless Business Unit with responsibilities across product management, R&D, and system deployment with revenue stream greater than $7B.

Chan was also previously named as the “Top Woman in Wireless” by the Fierce Wireless Industry Daily, a wireless industry trade publication.

Chan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dialog Semiconductor, SBA Communications, WiTricity, and Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI).

Mary holds a M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York.


Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist, INRIX

Avery Ash serves as Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist for INRIX, the global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement. Avery leads the company’s engagement in Washington, D.C. and helps shape business strategy in the connected car and autonomous vehicle space.

Prior to INRIX, Avery served as Director of Federal Relations for AAA. In this capacity Avery was responsible for the Association’s federal advocacy on transportation, vehicle technology, mobility and energy issues. Avery authored AAA’s weekly Fuel Gauge Report, which provides analysis of gas prices and trends, and served as the Association’s spokesman and subject matter expert with lawmakers and media. Avery also led development and deployment of the Association’s engagement strategy on advanced vehicle technology issues including connected, driverless and electric vehicles. This included policy development, execution of strategic partnerships, participation on industry panels and implementation of education strategy for lawmakers and AAA’s more than 55 million members. Avery has served on the Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Fuels Institute’s Board of Advisors, and been selected as a Aspen Institute Socrates Scholar and SAFE Energy Security Fellow.

Prior to joining AAA, Avery served as Legislative and Special Assistant for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, where he focused on economic development issues. Previous to the Hill, Avery spent more than four years in Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he worked on technology, financial services and intellectual property rights issues. Avery is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a joint degree in Economics and Anthropology.


Regional Vice President, Zipcar New York

Anthony Fatone Jr., Regional Vice President of Northeast, has been a Zipcar team member since the beginning of 2013. He sets the strategic direction for continued growth of fleet services, business development, marketing, and member services in the Northeast area inclusive of NYC, Boston, DC and Philadelphia. Together with his team, he executes regional operations and integration into the residential, business, government and non-profit communities. Anthony has demonstrated success in managing contractual agreements with various City agencies such as DCAS, NYCHA and DOT over the last four years.

His prior work experience includes working for Town Sports International as a Regional Director overseeing sales and financial operations for dozens of health clubs throughout NYC, as well as Hotel/Restaurant management experience at various high-end New York City hotels and resorts such as the St. Regis NY and Mandarin Oriental NY Hotel. Under his leadership, Anthony has inspired his teams to grow their businesses by creating meaningful business/community alliances that foster local community and city relationships. Anthony is a New York native, graduated from the New York Institute of Technology, and has lived and worked in New York City for over 15 years.


Senior Analyst, Navigant Research

Sam Abuelsamid is a senior analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, with a focus on automated driving, mobility services, telematics, connectivity, cybersecurity and alternative propulsion. With Navigant, Sam has worked with numerous clients to help them understand emerging technology trends and shape strategies. Sam regularly contributes to a number of publications including Forbes, Automotive World and ChargedEVs and co-hosts the Wheel Bearings podcast. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Sam worked in the automotive industry for more than two decades, developing advanced electronic control systems and embedded software. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Sam worked as an automotive journalist and in product and technology communications at Ford and GM.


Former CEO, Continental ITS and Former Head of Global Partnerships and Business Development, Google X

Seval Oz was most recently CEO of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, a division of Continental AG head-quartered in Silicon Valley. At Continental ITS, she led all business strategy and managed global operations for the company, which develops software, hardware, and integration services for vehicle automation. Previously, Seval was the Head of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Self-Driving Car Project at GoogleX, a role in which she was integral in the business development and marketing efforts surrounding the launch of the self-driving cars. While at Google, she was a Guest Contributor on autonomous vehicles for the MIT Technology Review and created an award-winning film illustrating the impact of the self-driving technology on transforming humanity. Before joining Google, she was the VP of Business Development and Finance at Cuil, which was acquired by Google. She received her MBA with distinction from Wharton Business School and graduated cum Laude from Wellesley College and M.I.T. with degrees in economics and political science.


President, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an Innovation Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Autonomous Vehicle expert.

Grayson is the Co-Founder / President of Brulte & Company, a consulting firm that specializes in designing innovation and technology strategies for a global marketplace. Grayson is also the founder of AutonomousTomorrow.com, a collection of thoughtful insights into the world of tomorrow.

Extremely influential in Beverly Hills, he serves as the Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also an active member of the city’s Smart City / Technology Committee, which advises the Beverly Hills City Council on technology. In 2015, the City of Beverly Hills was chosen by Google as one of America’s digital capitals.

Along with his Beverly Hills advisership, Grayson was appointed a Global Health Economics Fellow at The University of Vermont College of Medicine.

From autonomous vehicles to politics, to the future of entertainment and more, Grayson has written articles about innovation, technology and strategy for a variety of industry-leading publications including General Electric’s Reports, the MIT Sloan Executive Education [email protected] Blog, The Washington Times, UPS LONGITUDES, VentureBeat, Futurism, and Continental’s 2025AD. His written opinions and insights have been used by organizations such as the Consumer Electronics Association in high-profile presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

Aside from his written works, his interview responses and quotes have been headlines in major outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The Hollywood Reporter and International Business Times, among others.

Grayson is based in Beverly Hills where he resides with his wife and daughter.


Director, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center

Dawn Manley is the Smart Machines Director of Strategic Marketing and Partnerships at Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center. She is responsible for developing and managing relationships across business units and with government, think tank, industry, and academic stakeholders. Dawn also identifies and evaluates emerging technologies to inform technology and venture investments to accelerate Samsung innovation strategies. Previously she served as deputy director for energy research at Sandia National Laboratories. Dawn was responsible for setting strategy, growing and managing programs, and leading a team of 60 scientists and engineers in energy research and transportation analysis. She has served as program manager, principal investigator, reviewer, and advisor for basic science and applied energy programs for multiple government agencies and auto and energy companies. Dawn has provided testimony on fuels and transportation to the California State Senate, supported an international congressional delegation of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on clean energy, and serves as Research Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board Alternative Fuels and Technologies Committee of the National Academies. In these roles, she has analyzed technology options for future transportation energy pathways, including advanced efficiency, biofuels, hydrogen and electric vehicles. Dawn received her BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford and Princeton Universities.


Vice President, Car Electronics Division, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

As vice president of marketing for Pioneer’s Car Electronics Division, Ted Cardenas is responsible for overall brand strategy, sales initiatives, promotional activities and advertising. He and his team focuses on the primary goals of educating consumers about Pioneer’s in-vehicle entertainment, navigation and connectivity solutions, while building excitement and demand that directs them to its retail and distribution partners.

His passion for consumer electronics began junior year of high school in 1989, when he started a summer job at Sound and Service in Carroll, Iowa. There he learned the fundamentals of the car audio business, which evolved into a 20+ year career in the CE industry.

Cardenas began his more than 20-year career at Pioneer as a product specialist, providing training and support for car and home electronics dealers. He quickly rose through the ranks and in 1997 he was promoted to district sales manager, covering the Northwest Territory. In 2000 Cardenas made an important career transition when he moved to Pioneer’s headquarters in Long Beach, Calif. and became brand manager for the mobile business group’s marketing division. In 2007, he moved into a management role within Pioneer’s product planning department, working closely with Japanese engineers and design teams across all U.S. mobile electronic product lines. In February 2009, he was brought back into the marketing department as the director of marketing to help in promote the category through advertising, public relations and sales promotions. In early 2012 Ted was promoted from director to his current role as vice president of marketing.

Cardenas was honored with Pioneer’s Octagon and MVP awards for three consecutive years (1997 – 1999), a distinction presented to outstanding employees who exceed sales quotas and are recognized for excellent customer feedback and service. Since 2007, he has been an active member of the CTA Automotive Electronics Division Board.

Ted Cardenas has always provided a grass-roots perspective, helping the industry generate sales while providing product solutions that satisfy consumer needs and demands. He is most effective at maximizing the natural synergy that exists between the automotive enthusiast and the automotive electronics industry. Cardenas conducts day-to-day business with a clear understanding of the importance of learning something from a retailer, distributor or consumer and knows that it is equally critical to teach and share in order to help the industry continue to grow.


President, C3 Group

Doug Newcomb has been covering car technology as a journalist for over 25 years and is a recognized expert on the subject of the connected car and mobility. He has been sought out for his opinion by such high-profile media outlets as USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, Detroit Free Press, Reuters, Agence France Press and others. Doug has appeared on CBS News, CNBC and the Los Angeles affiliates for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News to talk about car technology and is a frequent speaker at automotive and consumer-electronics industry events.

In 2013 Doug cofounded the Connected Car Conference (C3) at CE Week in New York and co-producer the inaugural Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show. In 2014, Doug coproduced successful events under the C3 banner at SXSW, CE Week and in Silicon Valley. In the same year he formed the Connected Car Council, made up of top industry thought leaders, and launched the C3 Report to provide news and analysis to the fast changing car technology and mobility space. He’s also a columnist for PCMag.com’s NextCar, Forbes.com and writes for Wired, Automobile, Popular Mechanics and other outlets.

Prior to launching C3, Doug served as Senior Editor, Technology at Edmunds.com, where he created a new Technology section for the website to educate consumers. He also spearheaded the Car Technology 101 series to explain features such as Bluetooth, navigation and telematics in easy-to-understand terms.

Before joining Edmunds.com, started Newcomb Communications & Consulting to provide content to such outlets as Road & Track, MSN Autos, MSN Tech & Gadgets, Corvette Quarterly, SEMA News and many others. He also worked with AMCI Testing to benchmark in-car technologies and served as a consultant to innovative companies in the industry. In 2008, he published his first book, Car Audio for Dummies (Wiley).

Doug began his career in 1988 as the editor of the industry trade magazine Mobile Electronics, and went on to serve as editor of the consumer publications Car Audio and Electronics, Car Stereo Review, Mobile Entertainment and Road & Track Road Gear.



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