CAR Management Briefing Seminars

July 31 – August 3, 2017

Grand Traverse Resort – Traverse City, Michigan, USA

The CAR Management Briefing Seminars delivers thought-provoking, content-rich sessions which provide a vision of where the global automotive industry is headed. Executive management from automakers and suppliers along with representatives from the financial community, academia, labor, government and the business and automotive press gather to connect and focus on the issues impacting the industry and the pathways to success.

Don’t miss this exceptional forum—a mainstay event in the North American automotive industry and beyond.  The social activities offered in conjunction with the event are renowned for their friendly atmosphere and valuable opportunities to meet other key people throughout the industry.  The northern Michigan setting fosters an environment conducive to learning and networking.

Topics Include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Sales and production forecasts
  • Trade
  • Strategy
  • Restructuring
  • Fuel emissions policy
  • Mobility
  • Design and innovation

Keynote Speakers

Robert S. Carter

Executive Vice President, Sales, Toyota Motor North America

Matthew J. Simoncini

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, Lear Corporation

Donald Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Magna International Inc.

Mamatha Chamarthi

Chief Digital Officer, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Senior Vice President and Executive Lead, India Technology Center

Caroline Freund

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Denise Carlson

Vice President, NAPIC Planning, NA Material Engineering, North American Production Innovation Center Division, DENSO International America, Inc.

Christopher Grundler

Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Steve Kiefer

Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors

Thought Leadership

CAR MBS is an exceptional forum to hear from automotive industry leaders and visionaries as they deliver thought-provoking talks about the future of the global automotive industry. CAR’s research is the foundation that shapes the sessions’ content – with today’s industry experts delivering mission-critical insight and vision.



Among the most valued aspects of the annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars is the relationship building encouraged by the relaxed northern Michigan setting. The busy schedule allows time for networking and socializing with colleagues.

  • Sunday Welcome – CAR MBS kicks-off with a welcome reception in the lobby of the Grand Traverse Resort as attendees arrive Sunday.
  • Social Hours – CAR invites all attendees and their partners to gather each evening for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking under the yellow tent.
  • CAR MBS Golf Outing – Join your colleagues for golf on the Gary Player-designed Wolverine Golf Course at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Sunday afternoon.


Want more information?

For more information on how your company can engage with CAR on this event, including Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities, Family Connection, and Students@MBS please contact:

Lisa Hart

Shaun Whitehouse

MBS Sponsors