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Dr. Craig Philip is Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Transportation and Operational Resilience (VECTOR).

Dr. Philip’s research focus includes infrastructure resilience and the application of risk management tools to public policymaking, management and sustainability of transportation networks and operations, carrier safety management and regulations and balancing multi-stakeholder interests.  

Dr. Philip spent more than 35 years with companies in the rail, intermodal and maritime industries, including Conrail and Southern Pacific Railroads. He joined Ingram in 1982 and from 1999 until 2014, he served as President/CEO of Ingram Barge Company as it grew to become the largest American marine transportation carrier.  As an industry leader he served as Chairman of the American Waterway Operators, the National Waterways Conference and the National Waterways Foundation, and Chaired the US Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.   Dr. Philip has been actively engaged in public policy development with regulatory agencies such as the Coast Guard and the US Dept. of Transportation and with infrastructure providers such as the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Philip currently serves as:  US Representative to PIANC’s InCom Commission (multinational water transport Congress); on the Boards of the ArcBest Corporation (publicly traded trucking firm);  the Seamen’s Church Institute, the Red Cross of Tenn, and the Nashville Civic Design Center.

Dr. Philip earned masters and doctorate degrees from MIT and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, all in Civil Engineering.  He has served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board and is currently a member of its Marine Board and its Resilience Section.  He is a Distinguished Diplomate in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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w. Thomas brewer

Thomas Brewer currently provides leadership of industrial collaboration and workforce development initiatives and is a key liaison for Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. By leveraging the university’s intellectual capital, he develops and implements strategies for technology transfer, economic development and innovation / entrepreneurship programs. Also effective Spring 2015, Brewer was named the Managing Director of both the TTU TCIM (Tennessee Center for Intelligent Mobility) Initiative and the TTU Center of Excellence for Water Research.

Prior to TTU and after his GM retirement, Tom was Managing Director and provided strategic planning and operational management for the Workforce Development and Conference Center at Northfield in Spring Hill, Tennessee. This unique non-profit provides a public/private entity focused on Workforce Development and Economic Development for the Southern Middle Tennessee region.

Also, during this period, Tom was President of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA). Brewer led TAMA through unprecedented membership growth and authored the Automotive Industry Infrastructure Initiative (AI3) as the roadmap to public / private leadership of the automotive sector in Tennessee.

Tom spent 34 years with General Motors (GM) where he held various positions including Controller and Planning Administrator at the Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex. He was a member of the plant Executive Leadership Team directing day to day operations along with having responsibility to execute the GM Global Launch Process for all new vehicle platform architectures and led (23) separate launches including the very successful new model launch of the Chevrolet Traverse and $1 Billion retooling of the assembly plant prior to his retirement.   

 As one of the first Saturn Corporation Finance Team members in 1987, Tom developed new financial reporting systems for the GM wholly owned subsidiary along with the responsibility for Construction Accounting and Asset Management of the $2 Billion project.  

Prior to his assignment with Saturn Corporation, he was the International Joint Venture Controller for GM Central Foundry Division and successfully developed and negotiated business agreements with Chinese government officials for a Greenfield Iron/Aluminum Automotive Casting Foundry in Beijing. 

Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Indiana with Finance and Engineering majors.




Jimmy Gayle, President and CEO of GTI, started an acoustical ultrasound engineering company based in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002. GTI manufactures and distributes several specialized innovative ultrasound testing technologies primarily for the automotive and manufacturing industries. Gayle brings 30 plus years of management and acoustical ultrasound expertise to this very specialized field.

Gayle first entered the ultrasonic testing domain when he acquired Ultraphonics of North America in 1990. The purpose of this company was to design, build and sell hand held acoustical ultrasound test equipment to Fortune 500 industrial clientele. By 1996, Gayle recognized an opportunity to address an engineering challenge in the automotive industry and developed the first Microphonics unit to be sold to dealerships for mechanical evaluation.

In 2000, Gayle started Microphonics of New York, Inc.  The genesis of GTI occurred in 2002 when Gayle additionally acquired Microphonics of Tennessee, Inc. and Sound Logic of Tennessee, Inc.  In order to expand the significance of these specialized technology firms, Gayle repositioned these companies as one enterprise, Gayle Technologies Inc., now doing business as GTI.

Gayle’s career experiences include an early foray in the banking industry. His first manufacturing management position was for an international apparel company. He then moved into chemical engineering and spent 14 years developing an understanding of the complexities of manufacturing and testing. Gayle received numerous awards and honors during his tenure.

Gayle is a renowned expert in acoustical ultrasound test technology and has been called to testify as a Federal expert witness. He was a keynote speaker at the 2006 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security and has spoken at Harvard University regarding acoustical ultrasound technologies.  

As an inventor, Gayle holds many patents and trademarks including the CarGate® Ultrasound Leak Detection System with CarScan©. He invented, designed or created all of the following: the protocol for the NASCAR restrictor plate test procedure; the ultrasound evaluation equipment for the US Olympic Bob Sled Team (which he donated to the US Olympic Committee to level the playing field); the on board diagnostic system to identify potential mechanical failures for wireless communication systems; the A.S.A.P. system used to evaluate internal mechanical operations of combustion engines; the acoustical system to assess mechanical malfunctions or alterations from distances up to 100 feet from the source; the Microphonics model A07 used in the government IM240 project for the auto industry; and the noise cancelling equipment to be used in helmets for military and racing applications.

Gayle is active in the community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Suppliers Partnership, an innovative consortium of the Big Three Automakers, their suppliers and the EPA.

Gayle served as a founder and a seven time President of the Nashville Corvette Club and was the founder and three terms President of the Nashville Water Ski Club. Gayle is an Eagle Scout and was President of the Leaders Club for the South East Region of the YMCA.     

Mr. Gayle is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and attended Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

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Pierre sacre

Pierre is responsible for developing and leading the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station business for Schneider Electric across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Company has deployed over 60,000 charging stations across the globe; at home, at work and in the public spaces. Pierre has been with Schneider Electric since 2003, and has played a key role in developing and launching new products and solutions providing better energy management for lighting and building control. He has worked across Europe until 2014, when he moved to the U.S. he joined the EV business as an offer manager in March 2015, and accepted the leadership role for North America in November the same year.

Prior to his employment by Schneider Electric, Pierre was a sales director for Kerpen Cable in the UK and Ireland where he supported the growth on IBM ACS offer via his network of distributors. Pierrre also worked at Thomas & Betts in various roles within their Nevada Western and IBM ACS division. Pierre also taught as a part time lecturer at Coventry University where he worked on European research. Pierre has had active roles with BS, EN, IEC and NEMA standards organizations over his career. He has a BA with Hons in Arts et Sciences de la Communication from the University of liege in B. In his spare time, Pierre like to hike, scuba dive, read novels and biographies, as well as research papers.


Mike mchorse

Mike McHorse is a 29 year veteran of the heavy-duty trucking industry with family ties goping back to the earliest years of Consolidated Frieghtways and the inception of the Freightliner Trucks brand. Mike started Daimler Trucks North America's Freightliner division in an aftermarket capacity where he helped establish the DTNA customer assistance call center and the FleetPack program. Mike subsequently moved on to help conceive and launch Freightliner's SelecTrucks network of used truck centers as the division's Marketing Manager.

In 2012, Mike took on his current role of Freightliner's On-Highway Marketing Manager. While in this role, Mike has played a strategic role in the success of the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution models. And, most recently, led the marketing launch of the new Cascadia.

Additionally, Mike was responsible for creating the Team Run Smart web based community that currently has over 45,000 members. This unique community provides Owner Operators and small fleet customers with the information and resources Owner Operators and small fleet customers with the information and resources needed to improve their opportunity to succeed in the highly competitive trucking industry. 

Most relative to today's topic, Mike has also contributed his marketing skills to the global launch of Freightliner's Inspiration autonomous truck, the Freightliner Revolution truck and Freightliner's highly successful DOT sponsored SuperTruck effort.

In his spare time, Mike is an avid sand doubles volleyball player. And, when not recovering from athletic induced injuries, enjoys traveling to exotic locations to play in tournaments.