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Tannaz Banisadre serves as Greenlots’ Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Greenlots in 2021, Tannaz served as the General Manager for Operations & Integration for Shell’s EV Charging Solutions business. Tannaz has nearly 20 years of professional experience, working across a wide range of organizations and disciplines, including strategy, finance and implementation. She has spent the last several years focusing on the future mobility industry and working to leverage the best of Shell’s EV charging capabilities to achieve global scale.
Prior to joining Shell, she spearheaded high-tech public relations campaigns and consultancy, launched and managed non-profit democratization and human rights programs in the Middle East, and conducted policy analysis for the same region. Tannaz received her Master’s Degrees in International Relations from the Fletcher School and in International Management from the London School of Economics. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA.
Based in Austin, TX, Juls Bindi has been a self-funded entrepreneur since 2003. Specializing in sourcing, manufacturing, viral marketing, TV producing, and business strategy, led her to create ZuGo Inc in 2013. Juls first launched ZuGo Pet in 2017 and passed one of the most rigorous car crash tests in the world. Juls has been recognized by Scholorist Book of World Records 2020 for being the most viral pet company on the internet. Later was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank for more worldwide exposure, holding the title as “ The Most Funniest Shark Tank Episode Ever Aired.” - ABC. In 2016, Juls joined forces with Hunter Bailey and together founded ZuGo Bike. Officially launched ZuGo Bike in 2019 and quickly moved up the e-bike industry, turning the heads of celebrities worldwide. Juls also has certificates coaching other businesses about Human Design, emotional intelligence and leadership. The Los Angeles Business Journal has nominated her for the "Woman Making a Difference Award," featured on ABC, FOX, NBC, CNBC, BBC Worldwide, UKTV, Bell Media, Business Insider, Business RockStars Radio, and more.
Meghan Braley is the founder of ScootRoute, a micro-mobility company helping riders navigate to his/her destination in the safest possible way. As a long time 50 cc Vespa rider, Meghan founded ScootRoute hoping to make riding micro-mobility devices more fun and more accessible, by clearly mapping out the best and safest routes. She has extensive consulting and “hands-on” experience in launching new systems integration and technology initiatives. Meghan was previously at Broadridge Financial Solutions, NASDAQ OMX, Thomson Reuters and Accenture.
Gilbert Castillo is the senior group manager of product strategy & regulatory compliance at Hyundai Motor North America. He is responsible for the company’s exploration into new vehicle segments, including those with alternative powertrain technologies. He also is responsible for the strategic planning for the company’s future line of vehicles in the United States. Castillo led the successful introduction and launch of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle, the first production fuel cell vehicle sold in the United States. Castillo joined Hyundai in 2012 from Honda R&D Americas, where he worked in the areas of vehicle research and design and strategic vehicle development. Prior to joining Honda, he worked for Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
Castillo graduated from Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design Engineering. He is married and has two children. Castillo can often be found on weekends driving, both for work and pleasure, on the back roads of Southern California in a variety of vehicles, including his classic Alfa Romeo Spider.
With more than 15 years of experience in the vehicle electrification industry, LeGrand has a proven track record of innovating not only in technology, but also design. With the help of his co-founders and ever-growing team of professionals, LeGrand has shown to be a leader in the charge of light vehicle transportation. Although Super73 has a lot more to accomplish, the near future holds huge potential and unexpected development.
Uwe Dreher is vice president of marketing for BMW of North America. In this role, Dreher oversees all marketing communications and product planning for the BMW brand in the U.S.
A 17-year employee of the BMW Group, Dreher has a wide range of marketing expertise with positions both at headquarters in Munich and abroad. He started with the company in 2002 working on brand management with MINI at the time of the relaunch of the brand. In 2007, Dreher transitioned within the global marketing department to a position with BMW brand management, as the head of all motorsport marketing and product placement. Three years later, he became the global head of marketing for BMW i, where he led the launch of the brand. In 2013, he moved to the UK on an expat assignment, taking over as marketing director for BMW UK until 2015, when he returned to Munich to serve as the vice president for global BMW, BMW i and BMW M brand communication in the central marketing department.
Dreher studied at the University of Ravensburg, Germany, where he received a business administration degree.
Alex Esposito is the CEO and co-founder of Circuit. In 2011, Alex Co-Founded Circuit with James Mirras, and began handling the company’s sales and business development. Alex has worked to build successful EV services for Cities and private companies around the US, creating valuable relationships and leading the company’s sales growth. Since starting, Circuit has expanded to over 20 cities and provided over 4 million rides without charging a dollar or burning an ounce of gas. A Forbes Next1000 Entrepreneur, Alex has participated in Urban-X, LACI, and CivStart Accelerators and been a featured speaker at events like Smart Cities NY, 20-20 Cities, ACT, Accelicity and Safe Streets Summits Alex attended Bentley University, where he received his MBA. Prior to starting Circuit, Alex worked for Vistaprint (NASDAQ: VPRT) and at Accenture (NYSE: ACN). Alex is based between Circuit’s NY and FL offices.
Stuart is a car guy who is passionate about creating sustainable and healthy communities. His automotive career spans from launching Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle in the US to supporting the re-introduction of the Dodge Brand into NASCAR auto racing. As Generation180's Electrify Your Ride Program Director, he’s working to inspire and equip individuals to take action on clean energy. Prior to Generation180, Stuart worked in several roles at Volkswagen of America, including brand and product management, responsible for developing product positioning and customer centered go-to-market strategies. Stuart has worked and lived internationally, including roles in Brussels, Belgium and Pretoria, South Africa. He received a BS from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, an MBA from United Business Institute in Brussels, Belgium, and a MA from University of Denver in Denver, CO.
Michael McHale is Director of Brand Experience at Kia America. McHale leads all aspects of public relations and external communications including events, experiential, auto shows and strategic partnerships. McHale has more than 25 years of automotive industry experience including 4 years in EV communications up to joining Kia. McHale was head of communications at Rivian Automotive where he oversaw the brand’s introduction to the U.S. market in 2018. Previously, McHale spent 11 years as director, corporate communications at Subaru of America where he oversaw all public relations, social media, auto show and internal communications efforts. He has also held positions with the BMW, Land Rover and MINI automotive brands. McHale began his career in design and production engineering at Land Rover in the UK.
Nicolaus Nagel is the co-founder of Pave Motors, a mobility company reimagining transportation for commuters in and around large cities. Nico founded Pave alongside his brother Caspar in 2019 with the goal to revolutionize the mobility industry while also pursuing his passions for entrepreneurship and technology that helps combat climate change. Originally from Germany, Nico now resides in New York.
Heiko Schmidt is the Manager for EQ Brand Management and Technology at Mercedes-Benz USA. He oversees Product Management for Battery-Electric vehicles and coordinates all EQ-related activities across the organization. His team also manages Product Planning for Autonomous Driving and Vehicle Connectivity. He previously headed Strategic Product Planning and Market Research as well as the NAFTA CASE organization, after being the AMG Brand Manager for the United States. Prior to joining MBUSA in 2011, Schmidt worked at Daimler AG Headquarters in Stuttgart in various Product Management roles.
Michael Rice is co-founder and chief operations officer of Auto Motive Power (AMP), the company behind the world’s leading battery/energy management, charging and cloud technologies that power electric mobility worldwide – from micro-mobility, automotive, ridesharing, drones, heavy industrial machinery, to high-speed and hypersonic transportation. AMP is led by Anil Paryani, an EV pioneer previously fromTesla/Faraday, who holds 30+ patents behind systems that control range, charge time and overall performance for most electric vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Having engineered the first-ever Connected Energy Management System (CEMS) solutions, AMP is delivering production-ready, propriety solutions that already underpin products from the most prominent OEMs and future mobility innovators on the planet.
Kristian Russell is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ferry Automotive, a new car ownership experience promoting electromobility for everyone. The mission at Ferry is to build a future-focused automotive sales platform that will lay the foundation for community, sustainability, and customer delight for the next generation of drivers – making the drive experience as easy and upgradable as an iPhone.
Matt Teske is the CEO & Founder at Chargeway. A marketing director and brand strategist with over twenty years of experience in the automotive industry, Teske's capabilities to design and conceptualize for niche vehicle marketing caught the attention of General Motors at the young age of 19. This led to a career managing numerous vehicle projects and marketing campaigns for automotive OEMs including Chevrolet and Toyota as well as auto dealership sales training throughout North America. Teske's work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Motor Trend, Newsweek, The Verge and at major auto shows including NYIAS and SEMA.
Teske developed Chargeway after years of research into the electric vehicle (EV) industry and study of consumer behavior in response to existing EV communication practices. The conclusion: in order for EVs to move beyond early adopters and connect with the general public there needs to be an easier way to understand and enjoy “electricity as a fuel”. Chargeway’s software replaces a very technical charging information with simple visuals online, in showrooms and on mobile devices allowing anyone to learn, sell, and enjoy EVs more easily.
Claudia Wasko is the Vice President and GM of Bosch eBike Systems Americas. Bosch is the global market leader of electric bike systems. In her position, she is responsible for all operational activities in eBike Systems within North and South America which is based in Lake Forest, CA. Since joining Bosch in 1994 Wasko has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the (automotive and non-automotive) areas of key account sales, original equipment sales and marketing. In 2009 she was the co-founder of the business unit Bosch eBike Systems in Germany. In her position as the head of department for sales and service she was strongly involved in making Bosch the global market leader.
Currently, Claudia serves on the board of People for Bike’s “Trade Association Committee” (TAC) and is also co-chair of the association's eBike committee. An avid triathlete, she can be found training with her Orange County-based teams in her spare time.
McDonald conducts research and analysis for companies and organizations trying to understand how the transition to electric vehicles will impact their business and the key factors that will drive and hinder consumer adoption of EVs.
He leverages more than 30 years of experience as a marketing executive, consultant, and evangelist for companies including IBM and Arthur Andersen. He has delivered more than 300 presentations in 19 countries and nearly 200 webinars. He is also a contributing writer to CleanTechnica.
Ricky is the Host and Creator of Two Bit da Vinci on YouTube. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley, before working in Aerospace Engineering for 6 years. Then after 10 years being a software engineer, he now runs his YouTube channel full time on the future of Technology and sustainability, and why the future is going to be awesome.
Terry Travis is the managing partner and co-founder of EVNoire –an award-winning, mobility technology group working at the intersection of electric, connected, shared, and autonomous vehicle technology. He utilizes his expertise to integrate E-Mobility best practices and E-Mobility diversity, equity, and inclusion in the transportation sector. His work focuses on electrification with organizations ranging from auto manufacturers, utilities, government agencies, charging network companies, rideshare/delivery network companies, fleets, transit authorities, and other key stakeholders. Terry leads a team of diverse, experienced mobility professionals, implementing data-driven e-mobility strategies that accelerate the adoption of clean transportation and multimodal e-mobility solutions ranging from ebikes, school buses, transit, autonomous vehicles to freight electrification and more.
Terry is also a national board member of Veloz, Diverse E-Mobility professionals and other organizations
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