***Please note that speakers are subject to change.*** 

Paving the Way: How the Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Can Profit from Telematics & Predictive Maintenance
Moderated by: Jason Morgan, Content Director, Fleet Equipment

Panelists include:

  • Ben Johnson, Director, Product Management, Mitchell1
  • Sandeep Kar, Chief Strategy Officer, Noregon

Heavy duty vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, as telematics technology on trucks and trailers evolves and increases. What does this mean for heavy-duty parts suppliers, distributors, and service providers? Join us for a thought-provoking session, as we explore this topic and ask the question; how can we maximize the benefits of telematics technology and predictive for the benefit of maximum equipment uptime? Hear from key players on the future of this technology and most critically, how the aftermarket can profitably insert itself into the technology-driven supply chain of the future.

Upping Your Retention & Recruitment Game in These Changing Times
Moderated by: Tony Lee, Vice President of Editorial, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

It’s no secret that the past few years have changed the game when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent. The COVID-induced “Great Resignation” and labor shortage is posing an on-going challenge to virtually every business sector, including ours. Inflation-driven cost increases and competition from highly capitalized companies further complicates the problem. So, how can you up your recruitment and retention game to attract talent that stays? Join us as we explore the changing workforce and discuss action-oriented strategies for aiding your recruitment and retention efforts.


Fireside Chat with Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles & Tom Gazsi, Deputy Director & Chief of Police for the Port of Los Angeles
Join us for a candid conversation with Gene Seroka, Executive Director and Tom Gazsi, Deputy Director & Chief of Police for the Port of Los Angeles.  Hear firsthand what's going on at the Port of Los Angeles as well as what to expect in the year ahead.


Conversations That Matter: How is our Industry Adapting to Supply Chain Challenges?
Moderated by:
Mark Hazel, Associate Director - Commercial Vehicle Reporting, IHS Markit

Panelists include:

  • Doug Dole, General Manager, Aftermarket Product Strategy, Meritor
  • Cliff Hovis, President, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Inc.
  • Mike McDonald, Director of Maintenance, Benore Logistic Systems

Ever-evolving supply chain challenges and shipping disruptions continue to have a big impact on our industry.  These issues can be far reaching, influencing the viability of entire customer sectors as well as truck and rail transportation. Supply shortages and delays are also adding to an already complex inventory management scheme at warehouses, DCs and repair shops. In this moderated panel discussion, industry professionals representing the entire aftermarket supply chain, will look at the current state of affairs and talk about the impact the situation has had on their operations. They will discuss how they are adapting to these ongoing challenges through defensive strategies and other methods for building long-term resiliency into their supply chains.

Meet the Speakers


Doug Dole, General Manager, Aftermarket Product Strategy, Meritor
Doug is a Global Operation, Sales/Product, and Distribution Executive with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry.  Doug has over 10 years of international operations and sales experience including having led aftermarket activities in Asia Pacific as an expat.  He brings 25 years of aftermarket experience including product/sales management and operations.

Doug holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI.


Thomas Gazsi, Deputy Director, & Chief of Police, Port of Los Angeles
Thomas E. Gazsi is the Deputy Director & Chief of Police for the Port of Los Angeles.  In this role, he oversees the Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Port Pilot, and Information Technology Divisions at the nation's number one container port.

Gazsi holds the ultimate reponsibility for Port-related security and public safety issues.  His divisions work cooperatively with associated government and law enforcement to uphold maritime laws, enforce safety and security regulations, and continally test and enhance emergency response and preparedness procedures to ensure the safety of the Port workforce and residents in the surrounding harbor communities.

Gazsi previously served as the Chief of Police for the Costa Mesa Police and is a graduate of USC's School of Public Policy and Management where he earned a Bachelor's Degree.

Mark Hazel, Associate Director - Commercial Vehicle Reporting, IHS Markit
Mark is the Associate Director for Commercial Vehicle Reporting at IHS Markit, responsible for working with customers and sales colleagues to develop and grow the commercial product portfolio at IHS Markit. Mark joined IHS Markit with nearly 10 years of diverse experience in the automotive industry, working across the supply chain.

His background includes pricing strategy experience with car sharing startups, as well as forecasting and demand planning for light and heavy duty automotive suppliers. Most recently, Mark was part of the aftermarket division at ZF (formerly Wabco) in product management for air dryer management systems.

Mark is based in Detroit and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Davenport University and a Master of Science degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics from St. Joseph’s University.

Cliff Hovis, President, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Inc.
Cliff Hovis is President of Hovis Auto & Truck Supply, Inc., a family owned chain of stores for heavy duty truck parts, auto parts, paint and body supplies and tools and equipment, which he runs with his brother and business partner, Curt Hovis. In addition to his duties as President, Cliff is a former member of the Distributor Council for Goodyear Engineered Products and Customer Advisory Council for Delphi. He also holds positions on the Federated Auto Parts Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, where he previously served as Chairman, and is a member of the Meritor Distributors Advisory Council.

In addition to the above, Cliff has been active with the Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) and currently serves as the Chair of the HDDA: Heavy Duty committee. Moreover, he has served on the Board of Governors, Education Committee, past Secretary, past Vice Chairman, and Chairman for AWDA. He currently sits on the Auto Care Association Board of Directors. Furthermore, Cliff has had the honor of serving on the board for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award and the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award.

Cliff is a graduate of Grove City College. As an established business professional in the community, he has served at the college on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, as Business Plan Judge for the Entrepreneurship Competition, as a Marketing Competition Plan Judge, on numerous Human Resource panels, Business Advisory Group, and as a guest speaker for various classes.

Ben Johnson, Director, Product Management, Mitchell1
Ben Johnson is Director of Product Management at Mitchell 1 and is responsible for managing Mitchell 1’s portfolio of products for the motor vehicle industry. He has overseen the launch of Mitchell 1’s flagship ProDemand repair information product, SureTrack expert-based diagnostic information, expansion of Manager SE, the industry’s leading shop management system and TruckSeries, the only comprehensive repair information suite of its kind available for Class 4-8 trucks.

Johnson began his career in 1982 owning and operating his own automotive repair center and has held previous positions with SPX Corporation, AAIA, Delphi and ALLDATA. He maintains several ASE certifications and belongs to the society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northwood University.

Sandeep Kar , Chief Strategy Officer, Noregon
Sandeep Kar is a global thought leader in commercial vehicle industry. He leads corporate strategy at Noregon with a mission of developing the company as a leading global provider of connected vehicle IoT solutions for the widest array of commercial vehicle industry eco-system partners. Sandeep is creating growth opportunities for Noregon in a flat-world eco-system and implementing growth strategies that further strengthen Noregon's pivotal role as the leading vehicle data expert and nerve center for commercial vehicle diagnostics and predictive maintenance technologies.

Kar works closely with global OEMs and suppliers in developing strategic partnerships that enable companies in growing faster through effective leveraging of advanced technologies and globalized operating conditions. He brings mission critical corporate strategy analytics and insights to senior leadership of global commercial vehicle market participants, and opens doors to accelerated revenue growth leveraging both technologies and markets.

Kar routinely speaks in many industry events and is regularly quoted by media on issues of strategic importance to commercial vehicle industry.

Tony Lee, Vice President of Editorial, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Tony Lee is vice president of content for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, Va., where he oversees all editorial functions, staff and content development. He is responsible for SHRM’s publishing portfolio as well as oversees SHRM's content strategy globally, and is the host of the weekly All Things Work podcast.

Lee is a recognized authority on talent acquisition, and prior to joining SHRM was the editor and publisher of CareerCast.com, an award-winning site he created for job hunters and the HR community. He also served as chief alliance officer of CareerCast’s parent company, Adicio Inc., a leading developer of online recruitment solutions. Lee also spent 24 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he was the founder and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online Vertical Network and all of the sites within that network.

Lee is co-author of “The Jobs Rated Almanac” (Barricade), and “Career Choice, Change and Challenge” (JIST Pub.), and has published more than 15 books through his career. Lee’s articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines globally, and he serves on the board of governors of TAtech: The Association for Talent Acquisition Solutions. He also serves on the Business Practices Council of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Lee is a frequent conference speaker in the U.S. and globally, and has appeared as a workplace authority on such television and radio programs as those produced by NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, NPR, CNBC, Huffington Post, WCBS and The Wall Street Journal, including “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”

Mike McDonald, Director of Maintenance, Benore Logistic Systems
Mike McDonald has over 30 years experience in truck fleet maintenance operations and efficiency improvement.  He began his career as a truck technician after trade school, earning a degree in Diesel Truck Technology and Service Management and became an ASE Certified Master Auto and Master HD Truck Technician.  After moving into management, he consulted for several years in fleet- maintenance, safety and technology/systems development and implementation.  He has been an active member of TMC since 2005, spending most of his time in the S2 (Tire and Wheel) study group and has led and contributed to several RP's around tire spec'ing and management.  He was awarded CCJ Innovator of the Month in August of 2008 for development and implementation of a safety management system.  Mike is currently the Director of Maintenance for Benore Logistics Systems in Greer, SC, where he resides with Ellyn, his wife of 34 years and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and working on his yard and antique tractors.


Jason Morgan, Content Director, Fleet Equipment
Jason Morgan is the content director of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 15 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of the trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles,the busiest container port in North America.  Nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014 and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014, the Port of Los Angeles has experienced historic, record-breaking performances since his appointment.

As Executive Director, Seroka interacts with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, business leaders and local residents.  A respected global trade expert, Seroka has advocated for rules-based trade agreements that benefit American exporters and manufacturers.

Since the pandemic-incuced buying surge generated by American consmers in the second half of 2020, the Port of Los Angeles has eclipsed nine monthly records and had its two highest-performing quarters and top four individual months in its 114-year history.  The Port set two new milestones for the Western Hemisphere in June 2021 as the first port to process 10 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in a 12-month period and the first port to process 1 million TEUs in a single month.

Seroka has distinguished himself as a leader throughout his 33-year career in shipping, global logistics and executive management.  The Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) named Seroka the 2021 recipient of the Connie Award, one of the most coveted honors in the maritime industry.  Also in 2021, Lloyd's List named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Shipping and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership honored Seroka with its Lifetime Acheivement Award, recognizing decades of leadership and accomplishments in the supply chain, logistics and maritime industry.  In 2020, Supply Chain Drive named Seroka Executive of the Year for his leadership throughout the pandemic.  Seroka has been named one of the most influential people in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal and featured on the LA500 list for the past six years.

As chief of America's top port, he is responsible for managing a more than $1.7 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region;s economy.  Under his direction, the Port has taken a leadership role in adopting cutting-edge technologies to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of the flow of cargo across global seaborne trade, including the launch of the digital information portal Port Optimizer(tm) and companion data tools Signal, Return Signal, Control Tower and Horizon.