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.
Mike McHorse is a 29 year veteran of the heavy-duty trucking industry with family ties going back to the earliest years of Consolidated Freightways and the inception of the Freightliner Trucks brand. Mike started with 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 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.
Jill Griffin is a NYSE independent public board director and NACD Governance Fellow; Huffington Post Contributor. internationally-published, Harvard "Working Knowledge" author Customer Loyalty. Jill's newest books are Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board (2016) and Women Make Great Leaders (2017).
Since 2003, Jill has served as independent board director for Luby's/Fuddruckers Restaurants (NYSE: LUB). She chairs the Personnel & Administration committee with oversight for Store Operations, Human Resources, Marketing/Social Media, Information Technology and Management Succession. She serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Jill is passionate about increasing diversity in the boardroom and helping women advance their careers. She and her team are proud to launch the Austin, TX chapter of WomenBoards2020 November 2017.
Jill is the Customer Loyalty Author for Lynda.com, now owned by LinkedIn/Microsoft.
Jill is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award from the Univ. S.C. Moore School of Business where she earned her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude. She self-funded her MBA through a fellowship and serving as Advertising Manager for the Gamecock Newspaper. (Her sales team broke all school records!) Jill began her career in Brand Management at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, where she rose in 6 years to manage the firm's largest brand, Winston.
Dan Teeter is the Director of Vehicle Connected Services at Nissan North America. As an executive with over 25 years of leadership, Dan specializes in vehicle interconnectivity, safety and security, infotainment, productivity, big data, analytics, and brand tracking.
Dan is a Certified 6-Sigma Black Belt. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan, and his B.A from University of Pennsylvania.