A Word From Our Speakers
AutoPack Summit addresses an unmet need – spotlighting the critical link, inherent value, and resulting opportunities of packaging in the automotive supply chain and aftermarket process. The summit brings subject matter experts and industry leaders together for both visionary keynote presentations for tomorrow’s strategy and practical insights on supply chain tactics for today. – Dr. Andrew Hurley
2021 Speakers, Presenters, and Panelists
Vice President, DGI Solutions
He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Business Management degree in 2010, and has been with Diverse Global in his current role as Senior Account Manager for 5 years. His focus is to develop customer relationships and to help analyze their packaging needs, as well as to look for opportunities for customers to save money by implementing new packaging designs. One way he achieves that is to help those with space constraints optimize their facilities with the use of the newly patented RZR Rack.
Packaging Engineer, Robert Bosch LLC
She has been with Robert Bosch for 2.5 years supporting customers in the OES and IAM channel. She works cross-functionally to ensure quality, adherence to customer specifications, and develop new processes for the internal warehouse.
Packaging Engineer, Robert
She has been working with Robert Bosch in the aftermarket division for 3 years supporting various OES and IAM channel. Recently, she has been focusing on using data analysis and machine learning for adhering label data and packaging specifications across BOSCH and OES systems.
Senior Packaging Engineer, Toyota
Gemela was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She is a Michigan State University Packaging grad with an MBA and background in procurement which has shaped her into a more well rounded engineer.
She is well versed in the world of packaging with some experience in beauty packaging. Automotive packaging has been the bulk of her exciting experience for the last 7 years. She is a proud Spartan and avid reader with a deep love to make the world fit into the most efficient package.
Manager Quality and Packaging Consolidated Services, BMW
Packaging Engineer, Lucid Motors
Brandon is a Senior Level Packaging Engineer with 11 years of experience within various industries including automotive, CPG, and the Corrugated Industry.
He has successfully launched programs at Tier 1 suppliers for OEMs and has the proven ability to lead projects from inception to completion while creating cost saving initiatives and designing sustainable packaging that meets project specifications. Currently Brandon is working as a Packaging Engineer for Lucid Motors, a EV start up with tremendous potential to change the world of sustainable energy by designing and manufacturing the most unique luxury electric vehicles.
Undergraduate Student / Intern, Clemson University
Madison is a Packaging Science major at Clemson University. At her internship at Upstate Marine, she is responsible for packaged boat parts and noticed that a huge amount of damage due to poor packaging is resulting in delays for customers and extra expense for all involved.
Nissan North America, Inc. / General Manager - PDC Operations
Darrin Lucas serves as the General Manager of Part Distribution Operations at Nissan North America, Inc. As a 20- year veteran, Darrin plays a key role in ensuring on time delivery of automotive service parts throughout Nissan’s North American network.
He utilizes his experience to create synergies between Nissan’s Packaging, Quality, and Logistics departments by improving resources that facilitate increased velocity in NNA’s supply chain cycle. With a unique outlook on supply chain, he looks to maximize efficiency of NNA’s supply chain to get the right part, undamaged and on time to NNA’s customers. Darrin received his B.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University and M.S in Management from Middle Tennessee State University.
Volvo Car Corporation / Manager - Packaging Engineering Americas
JK McKenzie is a 2011 Graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Packaging Science. Prior to his current role at Volvo, he has worked at several OEMs including BMW and Nissan. JK also has experience working at Bosch in Automotive Engineering. He has worked at Volvo in various Packaging Engineering Roles for 5 years.
Senior Buyer - North American Packaging / Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Dave graduated from Michigan State University with a Packaging Engineering degree and attended Miami University (Ohio) for graduate school.
He has spent the last 30 years working in the Automotive Packaging arena and brings a unique perspective having worked for both the OEM and Tier 1 suppliers along with a returnable/expendable packaging supplier. Currently he is the North American Packaging Buyer for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and previously held the same position for the Johnson Controls Automotive Division. He has extensive experience with all facets of automotive packaging and a strong focus new innovation and cost saving opportunities.
Packaging Engineer - Arrival Automotive US
Yue graduated from North Carolina State University with an MS in textile engineering.
Yue graduated from North Carolina State University with an MS in textile engineering. After graduation, she joined Arrival, an EV start-up from the UK, to work on packaging planning for zero emission commercial fleet and bus. She has over 4 years of experience in returnable packaging design for automotive and industrial OEMs and Tier suppliers.