Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference


Jeffrey Aznavorian
President, Clips & Clamps Industries Jeffrey Aznavorian

Jeff Aznavorian has been the third generation owner and president of Clips & Clamps Industries since April 2016. Prior to assuming that role, Jeff held various positions at the company including general manager, production supervisor, buyer and HR manager, dating back to 1997 when he began his tenure as a maintenance assistant. Clips & Clamps is a family-owned metalforming company that specializes in small to medium tonnage progressive die stamping, slideforming and CNC wireforming products, which it sells as a Tier One and Two supplier in automotive industry. Founded in 1954, Clips & Clamps has a proud multi-decade affiliation with PMA, including Jeff’s father, Mike Aznavorian, who served as the association’s chairman in 1996 and who helped establish the PMA Educational Foundation.

Jeff is a current member of the PMA Board of Directors as well as the director of the PMA East Michigan District. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University as well as his MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

James Burt
President, Ernst Metal Technologies, LLC James Burt

Bio coming soon.

Paul Eichenberg
Managing Director, Paul Eichenberg Strategic Consulting Paul Eichenberg

Paul is a growth, turnaround and performance expert with decades of experience working for major automotive companies, helping them to take advantage of major industry innovations, grow their revenues and acquire new businesses. Through his unique global perspective of the automotive industry, Paul has developed and executed key strategies that have significantly transformed organizations.

Josh Forquer
Executive Vice President Sales and Technical Development, KIRCHHOFF Automotive Manchester Josh Forquer

Bio coming soon.

Steve Horaney
VP, Sales & Membership, OESA (Original Equip. Suppliers Assoc.) Steve Horaney

Steve Horaney, vice president, membership and sales, is responsible for OESA member recruitment and retention, as well as leading the OESA Sales Executives, Legal Issues, and Advanced Technology Councils as well as the OESA Mobility Supplier Forum in Silicon Valley. Steve also coordinates the OESA OEM Town Hall meetings, and leads and coordinates a number of the OESA topic-driven events.

Prior to joining OESA in 2014, Steve spent more than 25 years with Tier One automotive suppliers and led sales and engineering teams at Guardian Automotive, Zeledyne LLC, AGC Automotive Americas and Key Manufacturing. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

Christopher Kristock
VP of Automotive , American Iron and Steel Institute Christopher Kristock

Christopher’s career has spanned roles as a scientist, manufacturing engineer and quality assurance leader. Since 2014 he has held several positions of responsibility at an automotive metal processor including vice president of quality and technology. Previously, he served as vice president quality and product development at Severstal North America and was co-chairman of its international global technology system. His lifetime career experience also includes quality assurance, product development, advanced engineering, technical service, process engineering, metallurgy, steelmaking and casting in both basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and electric arc furnace (EAF) operations.

Jason Ryska
Chief Engineer - Global Stamping, Ford Motor Company Jason Ryska

In his 25 years in automotive manufacturing, Jason Ryska has worked with multiple North American OEMs. His background includes leading tool and die construction plants, stamping production facilities and vehicle assembly plants, as well as leading global lean manufacturing initiatives across multiple manufacturing processes. In his current role, as Chief Engineer–Global Stamping for Ford Motor Company, Jason oversees all stamping strategy and engineering activities from design through to launch for all new vehicle programs, including research, die design and construction, as well as equipment and facilities. Jason’s formal education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Oakland University, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University.

Jeff Schuster
President, Americas Operation and Global Vehicle Forecasting, LMC Automotive Jeff Schuster

Jeff Schuster is president, Americas operations and global vehicle forecasts at LMC Automotive, a GlobalData company. He oversees the global light vehicle analytics team and activity for sales and production forecasting, as well as operations responsibility for the Americas region. Included in his role is the leadership and direction of detailed trend analysis at the OEM group, segment, platform, model and plant level. In addition, he is one of the firm’s primary global automotive experts.

Jeff has been tracking and analyzing developments in the global automotive industry for more than 25 years and has been with LMC Automotive since its inception in 2011. He is widely quoted by the automotive media and frequently makes industry conference and seminar presentations.

Prior to joining the firm, Jeff led the automotive forecast division of J.D. Power and Associates and has experience in financial analysis and cash management in the automotive supply base. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Master of Science degree in corporate finance from Walsh College. He is a board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts and a member of the Automotive Press Association.

Daniel Sharkey
Partner, Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC Daniel Sharkey

Dan Sharkey concentrates his practice on supply-chain issues: negotiating contracts and litigation. He is co-founder of Brooks Wilkins Sharkey and Turco PLLC and previously was an associate and shareholder with Butzel Long, PC. From 1995-1999, Dan was a Captain, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 3d Infantry Division (Mech.)- Trial Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Dan has a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a business degree from The University of Notre Dame. He has successfully negotiated and litigated hundreds of manufacturing supply-chain disputes, ranging from original equipment manufacturers versus Tier 1 suppliers to raw-material suppliers versus lower tiers.



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