Traction Summit 2023 will be taking place in May 2023 in Washington, D.C! View the previous 2022 event featured speakers from GM, Momentive, Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli, Tyrata, Smithers, Carbon X, Department of Toxic Substance Control, and many more!
Josh Guilliams, Vice President of Consultancy leads, Smithers’ technical consulting team based in Akron, Ohio. Josh manages client relationships and works with other Smithers experts on complex projects. He also conducts in-depth investigations of a wide variety of rubber materials and final products on behalf of clients.
Before joining the team at Smithers, Guilliams spent several years in leadership at Polymer Valley Chemicals, Inc., as Technical Director and Vice President of Technical Operations. Prior to his time at Polymer Valley Chemicals, he held technical and commercial roles at Hankook Tire, EASTMAN Chemical Corporation, LANXESS Corporation, and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
Maureen Kline is Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, responsible for the US, Canada and Mexico. She is based in Rome, Georgia.
She is a board member of the US Tire Manufacturers Association and the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. She is on the Corporate Responsibility Steering Committee of the Automotive Industry Action Group, and on the Standards Advisory Group of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.
She writes a column on sustainability for www.Inc.com and is a frequent speaker on the topic. She teaches a course on Enterprise Sustainability within Clarkson University’s MS in Engineering Management program.
Previously she was based in Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan, Italy, where she coordinated government affairs for the company’s foreign subsidiaries, and before that was responsible for Pirelli’s international media relations.
Prior to her public affairs and communications career, Maureen worked as a journalist over a 15-year period. She was Milan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Breaking Views, and Business Week, among others. She edited a blog on the topic of meritocracy, hosted by Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. She wrote and co-hosted a TV talk show in Italy on business and finance, broadcast on the local channel Telelombardia.
With a diverse background in environmental law, policy, communications, non-profits, and business, Andy provides a unique perspective on strategy and execution for realizing sustainability impacts. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School, and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Tony leads Bolder Industries with a great passion for protecting our environment, creating innovative products, and enhancing the lives of our employees. He founded Bolder Industries in 2011 after seeing inefficiencies in the recycling industry while operating three landfills in Central Florida. Drawing on his past experiences in the innovative field of medical devices, Tony looked for new and better ways to handle waste streams.
Tony graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Industrial Manufacturing Technology. He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business awards, including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year” for BolderBlack® and “Breakout Company of the Year” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association. Outside of the office, Tony loves to ski, mountain bike, and cheer for Bronco’s football. Leveraging his past experiences in the field of medical devices and the recycling industry, Mr. Wibbeler founded Bolder Industries in 2011 to develop innovative, closed-loop solutions to reduce and recycle various waste streams starting with waste tires. He has led Bolder Industries to numerous business and innovation awards, including Environmental Leader’s “Top Product of the Year,” “Breakout Company of the Year,” from the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, and “Energy Manufacturer of the Year” from the Colorado Manufacturing Awards.
And CEO of Lehigh Technologies
Jason Stravinski has over two decades of leadership experience in various industries. Jason spearheaded expanding Lehigh’s manufacturing footprint outside the United States, worked on several M&A activities to secure the supply chain for the company, and is now working to drive the sustainability vision for end of life tires. Jason holds a degree in chemical engineering and business.
Christopher K. Cornille is the chief commercial & supply chain officer at Monolith, where he leads commercial development, expansion of the customer-centric supply chain and all company go-to-market strategies. Mr. Cornille also helps guide Monolith’s innovation development, representing the voice of the customer.
Mr. Cornille brings more than 33 years of experience from the specialty chemicals industry, most recently serving as the senior vice president, supply chain services for SI Group. Mr. Cornille joined SI Group as director, sales – North America, where he quickly took on an additional commercial excellence role. He then moved into the role of executive director – new business development where he acted as director for the Integration Management Office and had the responsibility of identifying, evaluating, and leading opportunities for acquisitions or other forms of corporate partnerships.
Before joining SI Group, Mr. Cornille garnered over 20 years of experience at Cabot Corporation where he held several executive positions – notably, global commercial director – Rubber Products, managing director – Indonesia, and North America sales director – Specialty Products. Chris also was a board member of the Cabot Corporation Foundation.
In 2013, Mr. Cornille was appointed as an advisory board member for Monolith Materials. He continued to serve in that role until being named the chief commercial and supply chain officer in 2019.
My doctoral degree in Material Science has been focusing on soft materials and physical-chemistry, issued by the Delft University of Technology. Earlier education included a Master degree in (Bio)Chemical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and a Bachelor in Food Science and Technology at the Henan University of Technology. Experience covers 1) soft material, such as hydrogel
and polysiloxanes, 2) thermoplastics, such as PLA and Nylon, 3) polysaccharide, such as Chitosan, 4) nanocomposites based on soft material and thermoplastic, 5) analytical chemistry, incl. molecular, optical, elemental, rheological and mechanical techniques.
Speaker Biography: Luc has over 25 years of experience in the tire industry. He started mid-nineties in the development and manufacturing of tires and has contributed to the transition from carbon black to full-silica tire technology, both from a compounding and manufacturing point of view. Post which he switched his role to tire raw material industry, in different technical-commercial roles. Currently he is the business development director at Momentive, for Tire and Rubber Silanes in EMIA.
Working for Solvay Silica since 21 years, Dr-Eng Laurent Guy is Global Technical Marketing Manager and WW Coordinator for Tire Market since January 1st, 2020. Previously, he was based at Seoul to support the BU / R&I teams for Asian market.
In addition, he is acting as R&I Fellows Scientist at the Solvay Corporate R&I with focus on Material Expertise. He is (co-)author of several patents and scientific publications.
Technical background = 1992 (Chemical Engineer - Mulhouse) - 1997 (pHD thesis in Polymer Chemistry - Lyon).
Jeff Silveria is the Global Segment Manager for Tire at Cabot Corporation. In this role, his primary responsibility is translating the needs of customers and end users into an actionable product roadmap. He has 17 years of transportation and materials industry experience in a variety of engineering, management, and strategic marketing roles. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.
Dr. Aaron Franklin is Chief Technology Officer at Tyrata and the Addy Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University. After spending six years on the research staff at IBM, he joined the faculty at Duke in 2014. Tyrata’s IntelliTread™ technology began as a research project in Dr. Franklin’s lab at Duke and was translated into the successful startup company in 2018 with a team of experienced entrepreneurs. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from Arizona State University in 2004. He is a prolific scientific contributor and inventor, with more than 90 publications and 50 issued patents.
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Punyaslok Rath (Punya) is a research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), where he works at the Missouri Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab (MAPIL). His research focus is on asphalt materials, specifically in asphalt material characterization. Dr. Rath has worked in collaboration with many industry entities (state DOTs, agencies and companies) to promote sustainability through use of recycled materials in asphalt mixtures. He has worked extensively on dry process rubber-modification of asphalt mixtures and is one of the leading experts in the field. In addition, he is a member of number of civil engineering organizations and an active participant in the workings of research committees.
Fred Gersdorff is passionate about unlocking human potential in every person and views sustainability as a pursuit that puts people at the center of what we do. He has extensive business experience working in the medical devices, power distribution and automotive industries. Fred currently leads the sustainability efforts in GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization. His educational background is in Chemistry with an MBA, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering.
Karl Palmer has been named Deputy Director for DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Program. Prior to this position he managed the Safer Consumer Products Branch, where he was responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations.
Karl has worked for DTSC for over 30 years in a wide array of management and technical positions, including managing programs in Pollution Prevention, Hazardous Waste Management, and Emergency Response. Karl received his Bachelor of Science in resource sciences from the University of California, Davis.
Senior attorney providing leadership, advocacy, and counsel in the areas of environment, health, safety, sustainability and corporate law. Proven experience in developing effective advocacy strategies to shape global, federal and state policies; directing technical research; managing litigation; collaborating on strategic communications; and building and retaining highly effective teams.
Art Mayer has many years of experience in and around the tire industry, working in a variety of roles at Dealer Tire and as a contract writer and consultant covering a wide range of non-technical topics in the tire market for Smithers and its clients. He was a speaker at Smithers’ Traction conferences in 2016 and 2018, covering the fast-emerging area of sensors and intelligent tires.
At Dealer Tire, Mr. Mayer served in a number of strategic positions supporting internal clients at in executive management, finance, marketing, program management, IT (rightturn.com concept development) and sales (including Tire Stores). Projects and initiatives included assessments of new business opportunities (parts, accessories, channels, technologies, and in countries such as China and Germany).
In his various roles, he integrates primary (e.g., interviews with tire and ancillary experts and industry observers) and secondary research (e.g, databases, trade literature, financial literature) to develop customer, market, technology, and competitive insights and forecasts for clients.
Efficient, collaborative and motivational senior executive and lawyer with demonstrated history of management, legal and public policy successes. Expertise in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, product safety, antitrust, industry litigation, innovation, sustainability and trade. Skilled consensus builder on complex industry issues.
Brad has over 34 years of industry experience for Cooper Tire, and most recently for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Brad has experience in Product Development, Tire Manufacturing, Materials Testing, Tire Testing, Tire Forensics, and for the past 17 years in Global Regulations and Industry Standards. Since 2005, Brad has been an active member at several industry associations, including the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), Tire and Rim Association (TRA), and Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), and has been a participating member at several standard organizations including ASTM F09 Committee on Tires, ISO TC31 Current Chairperson for Tires, Rims, and Valves, and SAE Highway Tire and Truck-Bus Committees.
With more than 33 years of experience at Michelin, Dominique Josson has held a variety of positions, from Engineering to Marketing, Tire Research & Development and Motorsports Technical Manager, working on both Replacement Market and OE tires. In addition to the USA, Dominique has also worked in France, Japan and most recently China. Dominique is currently a Manager in the Industry Standards & Government Regulations North American team.
Dr. Barry Takallou is a recognized expert in Rubber Modified Asphalt (RMA) and the production of crumb rubber for highway construction materials, synthetic turf fields and rubber molded products. For 24 years, he has been the President and CEO of CRM Company which owns and operates 8 tire recycling plants in the United States and Canada. CRM is the largest cryogenic crumb rubber manufacturing company globally.
During his 35 years of research and technical expertise, Dr. Takallou was instrumental in the development of Rubber Modified Asphalt in the state of California. Now, RMA is the pavement of choice for the California Department of Transportation. He authored numerous technical papers and participated as a speaker at numerous national and international symposiums. He has participated on the boards of many technical and trade societies. He is a leader in end-of-life tires (ELT) to value-added product industries and for the past 2 years, he has been appointed as the Chair of the ELT Committee by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).
His active involvement in business and government led to his appointment as a Commissioner for the California Commission for Economic Development where he was instrumental providing his expertise in the manufacturing sector. Dr. Takallou holds Bachelors, Masters and a Ph.D. in civil engineering, specialized in asphalt rubber, and he is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of California.