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2017 Benchmark Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers

Doug Keeley

Doug Keeley bio


The Mark of a Leader

Topic: The Role of Senior Business Leaders in Road Safety Program Development and Sustainability

David Strayer, Ph.D.

David Strayer, Ph.D. bio

University of Utah

Topic: The Science Behind Cognitive Distraction and Its Impact on Driver Performance

Debbie Weir

Debbie Weir bio


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Topic: Creating a Culture of Safe Choices

David Ward

David Ward bio

Secretary General

Global NCAP

Topic: Latest Findings and Trends in New Car Assessment Programs Worldwide


Additional Topics & Speakers (Click here for the full timed agenda.)

Please note registration will be open during the following times:
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10
  • 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11
  • 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 12

October 11:

Road Safety Leadership Case Study: The Intersection of Sales and Fleet Safety

  • Yaneice Thomas U.S. Fleet Safety Manager, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Kedrick Johnson National Sales Director, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Road to Zero Update

  • Jessica Cicchino Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Value of Sector Benchmarking…What Gets Measured, Gets Done!

  • Ed Suarez Manager, Safety, Support Services, ComEd [Utility Sector]
  • Joe Simone Associate Director/COE Lead for Environmental, Health and Safety Commercial Operations, Merck [Healthcare Sector]
  • Dave Scott Global Land Transportation Safety Advisor, Hess [Oil & Gas Sector]

Distracted Driving Policy Development and Best Practices

  • Reagan Terrill Safety, Security, Health and Environment Manager, Exxon Mobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties

Marketing Company Results, Promising Practices and Emerging Trends from the 2017 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Program

  • Sherry Coiner, Sherry Coiner LLC
  • Jonathon Vivoda, PhD, Miami University

Managing Impaired Driving Within the Workplace: Employer Best Practices

  • Phil Moser Vice President, Advanced Driver Training Services (ADTS)

Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Outreach: Road Safety Case Study

  • Greig Craft Founder & President, Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP)
  • Nancy Liaboe Director, Global Commercial Environment, Health & Safety, Abbott
  • Mike Ha Senior EHS Manager, Global Commercial Fleet Safety & Ergonomics, Abbott

October 12:

Global New Car Assessment Program: Panel Presentation, Employer Best Practices

  • Mike Bertamini Road Transport Authority: Upstream, Canada, Shell
  • Joe Desormeaux Hybrid, EV and Ignition Market Manager, DuPont
  • Joe Pattison Manager, Fleet Safety, The Americas, EHS & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson
  • Emma MacLennan Director, Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST)

Self-Driving Vehicles: The Future of Smart, Safe and Sustainable Transportation

  • Stephanie Pratt, PhD, Director, NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety
  • Marshall Contino Director, Center for Vehicle Safety
  • David Woessner General Manager, Local Motors

The conference will conclude with a unique opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)/Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) Vehicle Research Center (VRC) to observe a live car-to-car crash test and participate in hands-on crash avoidance demonstrations.

Welcome, IIHS and Car-to-Car Crash Test Overview

  • Joe Nolan Chief Administrative Officer & Senior V.P., Vehicle Research, IIHS

Assemble in Crash Hall

Post-crash Group and Company Photos

Briefing on Crash Avoidance Demos

  • David Aylor Manager, Active Safety Testing, IIHS

Self-guided Demo Tours of the Following*

  • Autonomous Braking
  • Auto Parking
  • Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Braking
*Shuttle bus will be circulating for transport between demos
*Tent and water setup prepared at each demo station
*Multiple car options at each station to accommodate attendees
Shuttle buses will be available at the conclusion of the demonstrations to take attendees directly to the Charlottesville airport (arriving by 4:30 p.m.) or to return to the Omni hotel.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage directly with valued NETS sponsors who will be on-site for the duration of the event.

Seating at the conference will be limited so if you have not already registered do so today!



Conference Registration: $549 Register Now

Hotel (per night): $225 Learn More

Summary of 2016 Conference