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Events | December 6, 2018
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Manufacturing + Mobility in 2019 and Beyond: An Automotive, Environmental, Incentive and Political Update

Hosted By: Warner, MICHAuto and SEDP

Location: D’Mar Banquet & Conference Center 

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion where industry leaders speak to the future of automotive, environment, incentive and political landscape affecting the manufacturing sector in 2019 and beyond. 

A networking reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres will follow the presentation. We hope you can join us!

Cost: Complimentary

Limited to the first 60 registrants.

For event-specific questions only, please contact Brent Jones at

4:00 pm Welcome
Justin Horvath, SEDP
The State of Mobility
 - Glenn Stevens, MICHauto
4:15 pm   Panel Discussion:

Justin Horvath, SECP

Automotive Update
Tom Manganello, Warner

Environmental + Incentives Update
Kurt Brauer, Warner

New Lansing Administrative Update
Monique Field-Foster, Warner


Justin Horvath
President/CEO Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
989.725.9241 |

Justin Horvath is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP), the economic development organization serving Shiawassee County, Michigan. He has been with the SEDP for over 16 years, and works to attract, retain and expand contributory businesses and jobs in the county, with a current focus on talent development. Justin has been an active member of MEDA since early in his career, including completing the Practitioners Training Certification Program, 2017 Medalist of the Year recipient, Business Retention & Expansion instructor for the Basic Course, and service on the MEDA Board (including a leadership role as Treasurer for 2018). He is also a member and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council. Justin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics, and a Master of Public Policy degree, all from the University of Michigan.

Glenn Stevens
Executive Director, MICHAuto
Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber
248.563.3569 |

Glenn Stevens is the Executive Director of MICHauto and Vice President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Stevens provides strategic direction for MICHauto in its efforts to promote, grow, and retain Michigan’s automotive and next-generation mobility industries. Stevens has more than 25 years of management, strategy and operation experience across the automotive, mobility, steel, specialty chemicals, and capital equipment industries. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stevens served as senior vice president of Membership and Sales with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he was responsible for membership growth and retention, strategic partnerships, and automotive industry development with states across the nation. Additionally, his previous experience includes leadership positions with Blue Water Automotive Systems, Kolene Corporation, and National Steel Corporation. Stevens serves on the Governor’s State of Michigan Mobility Leadership Steering Committee and leads the Detroit Mobility Solutions Coalition. Additionally, he currently serves on the Board of Team 1 Plastics, the board of the Michigan State University Broad Executive Forum and serves on the Executive Planning Committee of the FIRST Robotics Championships.  

Thomas Manganello
Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
248.784.5007 |

Tom Manganello represents clients in automotive supply chain contracting and the handling of legal matters between suppliers and automotive companies. Tom co-leads Warner Norcross + Judd’s Auto Industry Group and as well as leading Warner’s Autonomous and Connected Mobility subcommittee. Tom’s vast experience also includes automotive product liability and negligence trials as well as compliance with NHTSA regulations. In addition to handling numerous products cases, Tom focuses on commercial litigation in warranty, recall and contract disputes. Although Tom’s practice is heavily concentrated in the automotive industry, he also counsels manufacturing, industrial and pharmaceutical organizations in supply chain and commission sales disputes. He is also the founder and chairman of MICHauto, Michigan’s automotive industry cluster association.

Kurt Brauer
Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
248.784.5182 |

Kurt Brauer assists clients with environmental, economic development and real estate matters across a number of industries, including the agribusiness, automotive, industrial, resource-use, energy, mining and real estate development sectors. His expertise includes representing clients in all manner of environmental issues, including regulatory compliance, site investigation, cleanup and closure, solid and hazardous waste, due diligence, permitting, wetland and critical habitat protection, permitting and mitigation and adaptive reuse. He also has broad expertise in identifying, securing and monetizing federal, state and local economic development incentives to facilitate the use and adaptive reuse of properties, and has helped numerous clients secure brownfield redevelopment and business expansion incentive packages. A “boots on the ground” attorney, Kurt represents farmers and food processors throughout the United States. As the chair of the firm’s Agribusiness and Food Industry Group, he assembles interdisciplinary teams of experts to facilitate innovative projects and bring thought leadership to the agribusiness industry. 

Monique Field-Foster
Senior Counsel, Warner Norcross + Judd
517.679.7435 |

Monique Field-Foster concentrates her practice on all facets of government affairs, including policy strategy and development, analysis and drafting of legislation, legislative events, state procurement and other advocacy initiatives. An experienced lobbyist and policy analyst, Monique has nearly 20 years of experience in government affairs. Her experience includes five years as the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Office of Governmental Affairs, where she designed and implemented programs to educate and inform MSU constituencies, encouraging state and local officials to invest in MSU higher education initiatives; as director of government affairs for the Department of Management and Budget, as deputy director of legislative affairs for the Office of the Governor and as a legislative policy analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives.