October 18-20
Nashville, Tennessee • Music City Center


This agenda is preliminary and subject to change. 


Day:                         Pre-Event Activities In Nashville 

3 - 5 p.m.:                Joint SAC Board Meeting 
                                (Closed Meeting)

5:30 - 7 p.m.:           Joint Board Reception (Invitation Only)

Presented By Butler Snow
The Pinnacle At Symphony Place 
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 1600
Nashville, TN 37201                   

6:30 – 8 p.m.:           SAWF Chocolate Affair (separate registration)

Presented By Frost Brown Todd LLC
The Pinnacle At Symphony Place
150 3rd Avenue South, 19th Floor
Nashville, TN 37201



7 a.m. - 4 p.m.:        Exhibit Hall Open 
                                Registration Open 

7 - 8 a.m.:                 Exhibit Hall Networking Breakfast

Grab some breakfast and stroll through the biggest SAC exhibit hall to date, featuring the latest models from the region's OEMs, along with the most advanced products and services.

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.:      Welcome to the SAC

The presidents of the automotive manufacturing associations of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina will deliver a snapshot of what's going on in their state's automotive sector.
Rick Youngblood, Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association
Ron Davis, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
Rick Walker, Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association
Catherine Hayes, South Carolina Automotive Council
David Boyer, Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association 

8:45 - 10 a.m.:        Fueling the workforce of tomorrow

A look at current efforts to boost STEM education in the Southeast, and how these programs will prepare the future automotive workforce.  
Dr. Jim Mahoney, Battelle for Kids
Dr. Sally Pardue, Tennessee Tech University
Billy Canary, Business Council of Alabama
Emily Lauder, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama
Heather Justice, State of Tennessee, Dept. of Education

10 - 11 a.m.:             Delivering the NextGen car:
                                OEM Panel

Design, engineering, marketing and business experts from Southern OEMs discuss the most exciting practices and innovations happening at car companies today. 
Randy Jackson, Kia 
Jason Hoff, Mercedes-Benz
Jeff Tomko, Honda
Jackie Birdsall, Toyota
Lindsay Chappell
, Automotive News (moderator)                         

11 - 11:15 a.m.:       Exhibit Hall Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Innovation Track: The race to 54.5
CAFE standards have set fuel efficiency goals for automakers at 54.5 mpg. In this panel, the best and brightest minds in the South will talk about how lightweighting vehicles will help boost fuel economy and build better cars.
Dr. Bharat Balasumbramanian, Univ. of Alabama
Paul Schurter, ArcelorMittal
Dr. Douglas Adams, Vanderbilt University
Larry Brown, LIFT
Doug Richman, Aluminum Transportation Group
Clark Spoden, Burr Forman (moderator)

Collaboration Track: Cutting-edge collaborations for modern manufacturing
Panelists will discuss real-world examples of collaborations that might have seemed counter-intuitive at first, but yielded novel solutions to industry challenges.
Renee Stephens, J.D. Power
Ken Rohrer, Omron
Claus Daniel, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Tanya Bolden, AIAG
Gordon Heidacker, KPMG (moderator)
Workforce Track: Paving the road to automotive careers
This panel will bring together school superintendents, educators within the auto industry and students who have successfully completed workforce programs. This panel will also include ECD experts who will explain how they are cultivating a robust automotive workforce and creating positive change in communities.
Mark Griffith, Marion County (TN) Schools
Troy Kilzer, Chester County (TN) Schools
Joe Hendrix, Wallace State (AL) Community College
Kevin Smith, Nissan North America
Mavon Copeland, Nissan North America

Lynda Hill, Frost Brown Todd (moderator) 

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.:    Lunch Keynote - Jay Rogers,
                                Local Motors

1:30 - 2 p.m.:          Exhibit Hall Break

2 - 3:15 p.m.:           BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Innovation Track: Spotlight on Southern Centers of Innovation
Experts from renowned Southern research centers discuss the most interesting discoveries happening at their universities, labs, centers and other organizations.
Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR
Lonnie Love, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
John Evans,
 Auburn University
Zach Rowland, Mississippi State University CAVS
Mike Stonecipher, Georgia Tech
Greg DeGrazia, Warner Norcross & Judd (moderator)

Collaboration Track: Accelerating the workforce through higher education
Universities and industry have formed novel partnerships to educate the modern automotive workforce. Panelists will discuss their efforts to train the workforce and work with the evolving needs of carmakers.
Jennifer Hagan-Dier, University of Tennessee CIS
Dan McCowan, Nissan North America
Jason Bates,
Jack Laser, Jackson State Community College
Jason Hoff, Mercedes-Benz

Workforce Track: Manufacturing in 2025: Methods for the future
The auto industry is changing -- how will carmakers and suppliers have to change to be successful 10 years from now?
John Chalifoux, Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association
Greg Gibb, Nissan North America
Dan Fox, Gestamp
Joe Conner, Baker Donelson (moderator) 

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.:      Exhibit Hall Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.:      Stars of Southern Manufacturing 

Presentation of our first annual Excellence in Southern Manufacturing Award, along with quick, introductory videos that highlight the recipients’ hard work.

5:30 - 8 p.m.:            Opening Night Reception

                                Presented By Nissan
       Wildhorse Saloon 
                                120 2nd Avenue North
                                Nashville, TN 37201


7 a.m. - Noon:         Exhibit Hall Open
                                Registration Open

7 - 8 a.m.:                Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9 a.m.:           U.S. Department of Energy
                                Patrick Thomas, U.S. Department
                                of Energy Loans Programs Office -
                                Advanced Technology Vehicles
                                Manufacturing Program

9 - 9:30 a.m.:           State of the Industry
                                Jay Williams, U.S. Department
                                of Commerce for the EDA

9:30 - 10 a.m.:         Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

10 - 10:30 a.m.:       Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

10:30 - 11 a.m.:       SAC Closing Session

Follow the SAC

The Southern Automotive Conference is presented jointly each year by the automotive manufacturing associations of Alabama (AAMA), Tennessee (TAMA) and Mississippi (MAMA).
The automotive manufacturing associations of Georgia (GAMA) and South Carolina (SCAC) are assisting with the development of the 2015 agenda.