Founder, Kensington Capital Partners-Justin Mirro is the Chair of the ISD External Advisory Board
-Justin has over 19 years of automotive investment banking experience, working for global investment banking firms including The Royal Bank of Canada, Jefferies & Company, Salomon Smith Barney and Schroders Plc.
-Justin has advised on over $20 billion of M&A, debt, equity and restructuring transactions for automotive assemblers, suppliers, the aftermarket and dealerships
-Clients have included Accubuilt, American Axle, Aston Martin, Delphi, Federal-Mogul, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, GenTek, Grakon, Holley, JAC Products, Johnson Controls, Key Plastics, Lear, Magna, MasterCraft, Metaldyne, MSX, Penske, Sonic Automotive, Takata, Thule, Thyssen Krupp, Toyota, TriMas and Waupaca Foundry.
-Prior to his investment banking career, Justin worked in the automotive industry as a design and manufacturing engineer for General Motors in Detroit and Toyota in Japan, where he holds a patent for an adjustable suspension component; Justin was also a technical editor and test driver for Car and Driver Magazine in Ann Arbor, MI
-Justin received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1996; Justin has been a member of SAE since 1990 and SEMA since 1998
-Justin grew up in Livonia, MI into a Ford family and still drives a 1966 Mustang GT convertible as his weekend car
-Justin lives in Long Island, NY with his wife and three daughters
Chief Operating Officer - New York Venues The Ambassador Theatre Group-Erich Jungwirth has produced theatre in New York for more than twelve years, much of that time for Broadway Across America, Live Nation, Clear Channel Theatrical and Nickelodeon Entertainment
-Erich founded the commercial production company VoiceChair Productions which produces, manages, presents and consults on unusual, but quality, commercial entertainment
-Clients have included Blue Man Group and AEG/ThemeSTAR
-Erich currently works for The Ambassador Theatre Group (U.K.) as Chief Operating Officer of New York Venues, running the Lyric Theatre, Broadway's 2nd largest theater house and former home of the notorious production of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark. As COO, Erich is also responsible for pursuing new theater acquisitions for the Group.
-Erich sits on the boards of the New Ohio Theatre and ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), and is closely connected to their program that supports the Shanti Bhavan School outside of Bangalore, India where he spent a short time as a volunteer teacher and physical education instructor in 2010
-Erich grew up Birmingham, Michigan and holds a BFA (92) from U-M's Department of Theatre and Drama
-Erich lives in New York City with his wife and son
Anna-Maria McGowan, Ph.D.
NASA Technical Fellow for Complex Systems Design-Dr. Anna-Maria McGowan is NASA's Technical Fellow for Complex Systems Design, leading the Agency's initiatives to develop methodologies for designing and engineering complex systems.
-As a Senior Technologist (ST), she served as an Agency technical advisor and the principal strategist for collaborating with external leaders to advance interdisciplinary research, design, and development of aerospace and non-aerospace methodologies that address increasing complexities in aerospace systems.
-She has led and managed several large multidisciplinary aeronautics research projects that include military and commercial aerospace vehicles with advance technologies such as innovative high-lift; micro flow control; tailored, lightweight wing concepts, biologically-inspired flight, and extreme short take-off and landing.
-Recently Dr. McGowan served as the Project Manager of NASA's Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) Project. CAS is a central part of NASA's strategic vision for transformation in global air mobility, seeking to cultivate multi-disciplinary, revolutionary concepts and harness convergence in aeronautics and non-aeronautics technologies.
-Anna has a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Michigan.
Managing Partner Sampa Partners-M. Scott Milius is a Managing Partner of Sampa Partners, a private equity firm focused on the tech-enabled services and software sectors with an emphasis on lower mid- market businesses. Over the past 20+ years, he has pursued control equity investments in growth businesses to support outstanding management teams in their pursuit of shareholder value creation through a combination of operational improvements, internal growth initiatives and strategic acquisitions
-Prior to co-founding Sampa, he was a Managing Director/Partner of Genstar Capital, a leading mid-market private equity firm with approximately $900 million under management
-Previously, Scott was a principal and one of four co-founders of Gryphon Investors, a mid-market private equity partnership with more than $500 million of capital under management. Prior to that, Mr. Milius was an Associate at Golder, Thoma, Cressey & Rauner (GTCR). He began his career in investment banking at Kidder, Peabody & Co.
-Scott is a current or former director of Oasis Outsourcing, AXIA Health Management, PHNS, TASQ Technology, Cummins Utility Supply and PartsChannel
-Scott earned an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and a BBA with Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
Vice President Technical & Engineering Services, North America Robert Bosch LLC (Retired)-John Mirsky was vice president, Technical and Engineering Services for Robert Bosch LLC
-In this role, Mirsky was responsible for the following Bosch NA corporate functions: environmental health and safety; site strategy, real estate, facilities maintenance and security; insurance; problem solving; and engineering technical and testing shared services
-In addition, he was the designated site leader at the Farmington Hills, MI, North America HQ and served as the corporate champion for the company's technical trainee development program and several Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
-John has held a variety of positions during his more than 35 years at Bosch. He worked in manufacturing engineering and operations and global business unit management positions in multiple Bosch divisions and facilities including those in Feuerbach and Munich, Germany; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Farmington Hills, MI.
-John earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University
Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, TRW Automotive-Craig Pacernick is Senior Labor and Employment Counsel at TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (TRW Automotive)
-With 2014 sales of $17.5 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 24 countries and employs approximately 65,000 people worldwide.
-TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.
-Prior to TRW Automotive, Craig worked as a Labor and Employment Associate at the New York offices of Seyfarth Shaw, a prominent labor and employment law firm.
-Craig currently lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and three children
Ryan Pereira, D. Eng
VP/GM at CWP/Scott Fetzer and Scott Labs/Scott Fetzer a division of Berkshire Hathaway-Ryan has full P&L responsibility for facilities in the US and China and is currently focused in the consumer product and chemical segments.
-He currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at Kent State University where he teaches courses in the operations management area. He is a published author and has several publications pending. He has also presented at research conferences such as INFORMS and DSI.
-Dr. Pereira joined Scott Fetzer in 2011 as a VP of Engineering in the medical devices segment and was later promoted to take on additional Business Development responsibilities. In this role he was named on several utility and design patents that are currently pending but have resulted in products that led to significant revenue growth. Prior to 2011, he worked in the Aerospace Industry as a Senior Engineering Manager at Woodward Governor, which is a publically traded company. Starting his career in the automotive industry, he held progressively increasing responsibilities in the engineering function at Dura Automotive from 1998 to 2009.
-He completed his Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2010 while working fulltime and raising a family. He is a member of the Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi honor societies and is an active member of the College of Engineering Alumni Board. He holds certifications in the Six-Sigma Black Belt, Project Management and Lean disciplines. While at Michigan he studied under renowned professor, Dr. Jeff Liker, author of the Toyota Way. His dissertation focused on Lean product development based on a study of several automotive companies.
-Early in his career he realized that his passion lied in the intersection of business and technology. Today he has a more refined focused on a myriad of innovation and design strategies with an emphasis on optimal execution in a corporate setting. Dr Pereira was born in India but he has spent a majority of his life in the Midwest. He and his wife have three young daughters and they currently reside in Westlake, a suburb of Cleveland. He is an ardent fan of Michigan Football, plays soccer on a weekly basis and holds a black belt in Karate.
Managing Director, Harbour Results, Inc-James Ricci is a Managing Director at Harbour Results, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality and supply chain focused on implementing lean and process improvement initiatives, developing and executing operational turnarounds, developing manufacturing strategies, performing competitive benchmarking and due diligence.
-Prior to joining Harbour Results Inc., Ricci worked for other notable organizations including KPMG LLP and Harbour Consulting . He was responsible for directing and executing projects to improve client operating performance, including lean manufacturing implementation, quality improvement and operational assistance in restructuring and distressed situations relative to supply chain management and manufacturing consolidation/integration. In addition, Ricci worked for Honda of America Mfg., in engineering, manufacturing and launch functions with responsibilities related to quality, warranty, production, and cost competitiveness.
-He has executed more than 300 operational assessments, due diligence and improvement initiatives for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, private equity firms, and financial institutions across North America, Asia, and Europe identifying and quantifying risk and developing opportunities that generate revenue, reduce costs, and enhance products. His manufacturing expertise includes metal forming, welding and fabricating, casting, molding and value-added assembly.
-Ricci holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Engineering Management from the University of Michigan. He also is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). He is currently the Treasurer of The Pleasant Ridge Foundation and a former Board Member for the Society of Automotive Analysts.