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

Rob Schaftenaar

Vice President, DGI Solutions

Having practically been raised on the manufacturing floor, Rob has been around returnable packaging his entire life.

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.

Lauren Wahl

Packaging Engineer, Robert Bosch LLC

Lauren graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Packaging Science. 

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.

Gauri Awalgaonkar

Packaging Engineer, Robert
Bosch LLC

Gauri has a Masters in Packaging Science from Michigan State University. 

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.

Gemela Lewis

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.

Jennifer Gault

Manager Quality and Packaging Consolidated Services, BMW

Jennifer is a Logistics professional with 20+ years experience at BMW including Material Control, Supply Chain Planning, Logistics Quality and Packaging Management. She has worked and lived abroad including the UK and Germany and had extensive experience with a wide range of suppliers in the Automotive Industry.

Brandon Volsan

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.

Madison Black

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.

Darrin Lucas

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.

J.K. McKenzie

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.

David Colclough

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.

Yue Zhu

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.