2017 Hytch Advisory Board
DR. Craig E. PHILIP
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.
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 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 US. 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. Pierre 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 organization 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 likes to hike, scuba dive, read novels and biographies, as well as research papers.
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.