MERA - The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing

25925 Telegraph Road, Suite 350, Southfield, MI, USA

Tel: +1 248 750 1280

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Schedule at a Glance

DAY 1 -- September 30  |  3:30 - 8 PM

Automotive Hall of Fame


Attendees will be treated to a town hall session with General Motors, followed by the 2019 Michael Cardone Leadership Award presentation. Enjoy evening networking activities with the opening reception, including a strolling dinner through the Automotive Hall of Fame and ReMIX connection-making.


Address: 2100 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124


DAY 2 -- October 1  |  8 AM - 5 PM

DoubleTree Detroit / Dearborn Hotel


Get down to business on day two with industry insight sessions, the tour of DETROIT, and the Daimler Trucks North America town hall. Great networking opportunities are available throughout the day, including roundtable discussions to tackle today's sustainable manufacturing challenges.


Address: 5801 Southfield Freeway, Detroit, MI 48228


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Day 1:

Automotive Hall of Fame

2 PM

3:30 PM

4 PM

4:10 PM

5:40 PM

6 PM

MERA Executive Council Roundtable

(Council Members and Invited Guests only)

Registration and Networking

Welcome & Conference Opening

John Chalifoux, President & COO, MERA

Automotive Remanufacturing
Town Hall, Featuring General Motors


Tod Stump, Global Remanufacturing, General Motors

Joel Ebner, Manager, New Business Development, Global Remanufacturing, General Motors

Elizabeth Norwood, Manager, Global Core Administration, General Motors

2019 Michael Cardone Leadership Award Presentation

ReMIX Networking & Strolling Dinner

Day 2:

DoubleTree Detroit/Dearborn

7:30 AM

8:15 AM

8:20 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

10:15 AM

10:30 AM

11:15 AM

11:45 PM

1 PM

1:15 PM

2 PM

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

3:30 PM

5 PM

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking


John Chalifoux, President & COO, MERA

What's With This Economy?

Insights from the U.S. Federal Reserve

Paul Traub, Sr. Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

State of the Core Market

Ernie Flurry, President, ACE-MCI Cores

Justin Greenberg, CEO, DieselCore

Al Wilkie, General Manager, LKQ Corporation

Bob Grady, President, Rebuilders Automotive Supply

Derek McWhorter, President, River City Truck Parts

Morning Networking Break

DETROIT Facility Tour (Group 1)

Future Products:

Preparing for the Reman of Tomorrow

Aneesh Padalkar, Sr. Manager, Ricardo Inc.

Daniel Foster, Sr. Consultant, Ricardo Inc.

Roundtable Session

Networking Luncheon

DETROIT Facility Tour (Group 2)

Online Marketplace Opportunities:

Amazon Renewed

Ryan Moss, Business Development Manager, Amazon


Roundtable Session

Afternoon Networking Break

Introduction & Address by Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Commercial Vehicle Remanufacturing Town Hall, Featuring Daimler Trucks North America

Brian Lewallen, President, Detroit Reman

Amanda Snyder, Director of Engineering, Materials & Business Development, Detroit Reman

Brad Williamson, Director of Sales & Marketing, Detroit Reman

Conference Adjourn