CAR Management Briefing Seminars

August 5 – 8, 2024  |  Grand Traverse Resort & Spa  |  Traverse City, MI

MBS Organizing Committee 2024

At the helm of the Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) conference stands the dynamic and seasoned team from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). These industry and event veterans combine their collective expertise and passion for the automotive landscape to orchestrate every aspect of the event, from crafting the agenda to ensuring a seamless experience for all attendees. Led by the various individuals below, the MBS team brings diverse perspectives and deep industry knowledge to curate a program that tackles the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the automotive sector.


  • Mark Garrison, VP Marketing, Communications, and Events (Lead Organizer, MBS 2024)
  • K. Venkatesh Prasad, Senior Vice President of Research (Lead, MBS Program)
  • Denise Zilch, Executive Assistant, (Lead, Speaker Logistics)
  • Morgan Stickley, Marketing Associate (Lead, Students @ MBS Program)

The success of the Management Briefing Seminars wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and expertise of our esteemed Industry Organizers. This dedicated group of industry leaders brings together their diverse perspectives and knowledge to help our team at Center for Automotive Research curate a program that addresses the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

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Judy Mulcahy
VP, Operations & Membership

John Jacobs
VP, Industry Engagement and Partnerships

Rick Knoechel
Global Strategy Lead for Automotive
Tim Wieland
Communications and Brand Management
Tom Nellenbach
Global Marketing Director
Chris Abbruzzese
North America Corporate Communications
Glenn Stevens
Chris Nevers
Senior Director of Public Policy
Rick Bourgoise
Communications Manager
Tony Sapienza
Head of Communications, North America

Why Join the Industry Organizing Committee?

Joining the Industry Organizing Committee offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Shape the future of the industry: By contributing your expertise, you can directly influence the direction and focus of the conference, ensuring it addresses the most pressing issues and trends.
  • Network with key industry players: Build valuable connections with other leaders and decision-makers in your field.
  • Gain valuable insights: Stay ahead of the curve by being immersed in the latest industry trends and challenges.
  • Make a difference: Contribute to the professional development of your peers and colleagues by providing access to high-quality learning opportunities.

Become a Member:

We are always looking for passionate and knowledgeable individuals to join our Industry Organizing Committee. If you are interested in contributing your expertise and helping shape the future of the “Management Briefing Seminars” conference, please contact us at [email protected].

Together, we can create a conference that delivers exceptional value to the industry and propels us all forward.