Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference

Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference


Nigel Francis
CEO , LIFT Nigel Francis

Nigel Francis is the CEO and executive director of Detroit-based LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes. Prior to joining LIFT, Nigel served as vice president and officer, advanced engineering and technology development at American Axle, after working as senior automotive adviser to the State of Michigan and senior vice president, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corp. There, he was charged with developing, implementing and executing a comprehensive strategic plan and roadmap to promote, retain and grow the automotive industry in Michigan.

Nigel has more than 35 years of experience in the global automotive sector, having held executive-level positions at OEM and Tier One companies in North America and Europe. He has spent the majority of his career in advanced design and engineering product development, and in recent years has been closely involved with clean technology through hybrid and electric vehicle development and vehicle lightweighting initiatives.

Nigel holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with honors from Brunel University in London, England.

Mike Jackson
Executive Director, Strategy and Research, OESA (Original Equip. Suppliers Assoc.) Mike Jackson

As OESA’s executive director, strategy and research, Mike Jackson leads the association’s data compilation and analytics, identifies and researches industry trends, produces relevant analysis, and speaks as a subject matter expert regarding economic and related industry trends and analysis. He also leads OESA executive peer group councils and the association’s strategic planning efforts.

Mike has more than 20 years of progressive experience in market forecasting, strategic planning and management consulting. Most recently, he directed the vehicle production forecasting practice in North America at IHS Markit. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management Strategy from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Wayne State University.

David Klotz
President, Precision Metalforming Association David Klotz

David Klotz comes to PMA after serving as president and as executive vice president of sales and marketing for Tebis America, a developer of CAD and CAM software for the tool, die and mold manufacturing industries.  Previously, he was senior manager of the Plex Automotive & Industrial Mid-Market sales team for eight years, and was a manager at Dallas Industries, Inc., for 12 years.

As a metalforming industry professional, Klotz has served as a member of PMA’s Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee, and as chair and treasurer of the PMA East Michigan District. He also served as chair of PMA’s Tool & Die Division, was a founding member of PMA’s Next Generation networking group, and has been actively engaged in PMA’s programs and services in many other capacities.

Omar Nashashibi
Partner, The Franklin Partnership, LLP Omar Nashashibi

Omar Nashashibi is a founding partner of The Franklin Partnership, LLP, the bipartisan Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm that represents PMA’s interests before Congress and the Administration.

Omar has nearly 20 years of experience working with policymakers, politicians and the media. Prior to The Franklin Partnership, Omar worked for the Office of Management and Budget. Earlier in his career, he served as a research assistant at the Institute for Public Accuracy, promoting policy to the media. In 1995, he began his career in Washington, D.C. covering congressional and agency hearings for a nationwide nonprofit publication

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

Dan concentrates his practice in business and supply-chain contracts and litigation. He has a significant experience in construction, class actions, environmental, franchises and dealerships, insurance coverage, intellectual property, real estate, securities, creditor’s rights, student loan litigation, and sales representative matters. 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 graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law and 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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