Meet the speakers


Charles Bowles
Director of OEM and Strategic Initiatives
Trader Interactive
Charles works with top executives at some of the world’s largest companies to build strategies to market their products. He was instrumental in the launch and growth of Commercial Truck Trader’s position in the industry. He has presented at numerous commercial truck national events, is a subject matter expert for the industry, and has presented on digital best practices to countless companies and organizations.
Session: Trends Impacting the North American Commercial Vehicle Population

Brian Daniels
Vice President Vocational National Accounts Freightliner and Western Star
Daimler Trucks North America
Brian has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and technical product support in the engine and commercial vehicle industry. He currently works as the vice president vocational national accounts representing the Freightliner and Western Star brands. Under Brian’s leadership, the Daimler Trucks North America Vocational National Accounts supports over 45 of the company’s key truck equipment manufacturers.
State of the Industry: Chassis OEM Perspectives

John Davis
Host/Creator/Managing Director
John is an Emmy® Award-winning producer, host and creator of MotorWeek, television’s original and longest running automotive series (currently in its 41st season), which can be seen and heard throughout the U.S. on public and cable television stations. His automotive industry expertise is tapped by commercial radio and television programs nationwide as key industry developments arise. A sought-after speaker, he frequently addresses automotive executives, consumer groups, automotive enthusiasts, and students interested in the field.
Sessions: The Industry Today and Tomorrow: Viewpoints From Multi-Stage Manufacturing Leaders, Maximizing Your Talent ResourcesState of the Industry: Chassis OEM Perspectives

Andrej Divis
Executive Director, Global Heavy Truck Research
S&P Global Mobility
Andrej is head of the S&P Global Mobility’s medium and heavy commercial vehicle forecast service and is responsible for managing the truck sales and production forecasts globally. Members of his team are located around the world, in regions including Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Educated in the United States, he brings nearly two decades of medium and heavy truck and automotive industry experience to the role, having begun his career in 2001 as a truck analyst with PlanEcon/Global Insight (now part of S&P), covering Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He held a variety of analytical and planning positions with General Motors in Europe starting in 2003 and re-joined what is now S&P in 2012.
Session: Trends Impacting the North American Commercial Vehicle Population

Brian Gagnon
Director of Supply Chain and Systems Integration
Fontaine Modification
Brian has served as the Director of Supply Chain and Systems Integration at Fontaine Modification since 2017. He began his career with Fontaine in 2010 and has had the privilege of fulfilling a variety of positions throughout the business including accounting and production. In Brian’s current role, he is responsible for the sourcing, procurement and material flow for 10 locations that process over 40,000 trucks a year.
Session: The Industry Today and Tomorrow: Viewpoints From Multi-Stage Manufacturing Leaders 

Mark Hazel
Associate Director – Commercial Vehicle Reporting
S&P Global Mobility
Mark works with customers and sales colleagues to develop and grow the commercial product portfolio at S&P Global Mobility. He joined the company with nearly 10 years of diverse experience in the automotive industry, working across the supply chain. His background includes pricing strategy experience with car sharing startups, as well as forecasting and demand planning for light- and heavy-duty automotive suppliers. Most recently, Mark was part of the aftermarket division at ZF (formerly WABCO) in product management for their air dryer management systems. 
Session: Trends Impacting the North American Commercial Vehicle Population

Kevin Koester
Managing Director
Kevin oversees several critical aspects of the Association, including the WorkTruckCert program, chassis OEM and Tier 1 engagement, and growth in data and market analytics. He brings 12 years of commercial vehicle market expertise from previous roles with Ford Motor Company and Team Detroit, where he supported new product reveal efforts and strategy awareness campaigns, and analyzed market and competitive data to support informed decision-making. As marketing manager at Ford Motor Company, he built a robust team with specialized skillsets, developed multiple dealer engagement tools, and managed brand strategy development for heavy trucks.
Session: Trends Impacting the North American Commercial Vehicle Population

Timothy Krauskopf
Motiv Power Systems
Timothy is the CEO of Motiv Power Systems, a California-based manufacturer of zero-emission commercial electric trucks and buses, along with the charging and related infrastructure to make adoption seamless. He has held a variety of management and technical roles in manufacturing, automotive aftermarket, transportation, the internet, insurance services, and high-tech industries. This includes making automobile superchargers and performance cars, founding his own trucking company, starting up companies in FinTech, and a term as vice president in the Internet Software and Content Group at Motorola. 
Session: The Industry Today and Tomorrow: Viewpoints From Multi-Stage Manufacturing Leaders 

Steve Latin-Kasper
Senior Director of Market Data and Research
Steve has more than 40 years of experience as an economist. Since 1999, he has focused on research and analysis of work truck industry market data and economic indicators. He was appointed to the U.S. government’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for capital equipment and is a member of National Association for Business Economics.
Session: Work Truck Industry Economic Overview and Market Forecast

Amy Hirsh Robinson

Chief People Officer
King’s Hawaiian
Amy was brought on to King’s Hawaiian to re-envision the employee experience and transform the People function from traditional HR to a strategic driver of business growth. During her time at the company, she has worked to radically redefine the purpose, structure and activities of HR with significant results. Prior to her role as CPO, Amy ran a successful human capital consulting firm, The Interchange Group, helping executives and HR professionals retool and adapt their strategies to rapidly changing workforce expectations and business landscapes.
Session: Maximizing Your Talent Resources

Jon Sievert
Casper’s Truck Equipment
Jon's leadership, industry expertise and desire to continuously improve businesses makes him a seasoned veteran in the truck equipment industry. As CEO, he leads Casper's Truck Equipment toward new horizons, setting the benchmark for excellence in the field. Jon is a self-proclaimed lean geek and enjoys strategic conversations about the work truck industry. 
Session: The Industry Today and Tomorrow: Viewpoints From Multi-Stage Manufacturing Leaders 

David Sowers
Head of Ram Commercial Marketing
David Sowers has served as head of the Ram Commercial truck brand for the last eight years. He has over 30 years of automotive industry experience with more than a decade in the commercial vehicle industry, including multiple roles in service, sales and marketing. Ram Commercial marketing roles include advocating for customer needs in product development, forecasting demand and setting the go-to-market strategy. Ram Commercial is a key provider of capable and efficient light commercial trucks and vans trusted by customers for their advanced technology and reliability.
Session: State of the Industry: Chassis OEM Perspectives