AutoVision 2020

AutoVision 2020

Now in its fifth year, AutoVision has proven that its world-class agenda consistently attracts a quality crowd of industry executives, insiders and analysts, and as a virtual event will allow for speakers and attendees from across the nation. The event has earned rave reviews from attendees, speakers and exhibitors alike, and this year is shaping up to be better than ever with exclusive opportunities to network with procurement reps, speakers, and industry leaders at the Spark Virtual Matchmaking Event and extracurricular, family-friendly programming. AutoVision 2020 will be a one-of-a-kind online event with high-impact speakers on today’s hot topics such as trade policy, workforce development, innovation and supply chain logistics. And, for the first time ever, the SPARK Matchmaking Event will be included in ALL registrations!

Sponsorships are available now! Don’t miss your chance to get in front of a targeted, forward-thinking audience.

SPARK Virtual Matchmaking

From electrical circuits to fuel lines, solid connections keep engines purring. At the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, we understand that connections also fuel your business. This year all AutoVision attendees are invited to participate in our popular SPARK Matchmaking event free of charge. Attendees can sign up for exclusive one-on-one meetings with leading OEM and Tier I procurement representatives. Those meetings could be the beginning of a profitable relationship! SPARK meetings will occur between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily

Download the shareable SPARK Flyer now.

Online Trade Show

AutoVision’s 2020 Online Trade Show will be available for participation not only for all three days of the event, but for an entire year after! Attendees will have ample opportunity to interact online with exhibitors and learn about the many exciting products and services they have to offer. Exhibitors may offer incentives to visit their booth so make sure to visit everyone during the breaks! We’re now offering inclusion of two participant registrations in the price of a virtual trade show booth – that’s a $600 value wrapped in to the $650 Trade Show registration! Trade show spots are limited so make sure to save yours now.


You asked, and we listened: We’ve updated our sponsorship opportunities to include more options for small business and COVID-19 budgets! Some sponsorship spots are limited, so take advantage of our affordable rates now. Click here to review our sponsorship package and follow the link on the right to secure your sponsorship.



August 26-28, 2020
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT daily


Online Event Platform
Details to Follow


KAM Member – $249
Non-Member – $349
Additional Sponsor Attendee – $125


Please note this agenda is subject to change; please check back for the latest version.

9:00 AM – Welcome to AutoVision & Introductions

Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

9:10 AM – AutoVision Presenting Sponsor Remarks

9:15 AM – SPARK Sponsor Recognition

9:20 AM – The Global Automotive Outlook: Competing in COVID Impacted World

Joe McCabe, Auto Forecast Solutions

10:00 AM – Visit the Exhibit Hall

10:15 AM – Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Sector from OEM to the Supply Chain

Brennon White, GM

11:00 AM – Visit the Exhibit Hall

11:15 AM – Solving Cross-Border Disputes through International Arbitration: Best Practices and Updates

Aaron Bernay, Frost Brown Todd

12:00 PM – Automotive Semiconductors: The New ICE Age

Gary Silberg, KPMG


1:00 PM – What is Additive Manufacturing?

An overview of Additive Manufacturing processes, materials, and applications

Timothy Gornet, Manager, Core Facility AMIST at UofL; Ed Tackett, Director of Workforce Development at AMIST at UofL

2:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Begins

2:00 PM – How is Additive Manufacturing being Leveraged by Kentuckiana Companies?

Hear from local companies and how they are leveraging Additive Manufacturing for prototyping, tooling, jigs, fixtures, and production

John Riley, Samtec; Nick Okruch, GE Appliances; Eric Langevin, Lexmark International

3:00 PM – How Can My Company get Started with Additive Manufacturing?

Learn how to engage with significant Additive Manufacturing capabilities at the University of Louisville, Somerset College, and local service bureaus

Timothy Gornet, AMIST at UofL; Ed Tackett, AMIST at UofL; Eric Wooldridge, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Somerset Community College

5:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Ends

9:00 AM  – Day Two Overview/Housekeeping

Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

9:10 AM – Trade & Policy Update

Pete Mento, Crowe LLP

10:10 AM – Visit Exhibit Hall

10:20 AM – Sustainable Manufacturing (A Success Story)

Sophie Tuviahu, UBQ Materials of Tel Aviv, Israel & Mercedes Benz (invited)

11:00 AM – Visit Exhibit Hall

11:15 AM – Global Automotive Supply Chains – 2020 & Beyond

U.S. Department of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce
JETRO (Japanese External Trade Organization)

12:30 PM – Visit Exhibit Hall


1:00 PM – Path Forward with Sustainable Manufacturing: Strategies for Increasing Value Creation

Fazleena Badurdeen, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

2:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Begins

2:00 PM – University Advanced Manufacturing Resources

Understand the types of resources that exist at Kentucky universities and colleges to help my company with Advanced Manufacturing

 Tim Gornet, Ed Tackett, Kevin Walsh, Mahendra Sunkara, Todd Hastings

3:00 PM – Automotive OEM Additive Manufacturing Panel Discussion

Question and Answer session for Automotive OEM Additive Manufacturing and how it is and will impact their business today and the future

Brennon White, GM; BMW (invited); Harold Sears, Ford; additional panelists to be announced

4:00 PM – Supply Chain Additive Manufacturing Panel Discussion

Question and Answer session for Supply Chain Additive Manufacturing and how Additive Manufacturing will be transitioned to the supply chain

Brennon White, GM; additional panelists to be announced

5:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Ends

9:00 AM – Day Three Overview/Housekeeping

Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

9:10 AM – Market Update & Economic Outlook

Jonathan Smoke, Cox Automotive

10:10 AM – Legislative Update

Trey Grayson, Frost Brown Todd

11:10 AM – Visit Exhibit Hall

11:20 AM – Institutional Knowledge Transfer: Driving the Future of Automotive Manufacturing

David Mimms, AIAG

12:20 PM – Visit Exhibit Hall

12:30 PM – Disruptive Innovation, New Players, Black Swans

Sven Beiker, Silicon Valley Mobility

2:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Begins


Start your Weekend Early!

At 5:00 PM, join Adam & Mandy from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as they teach you how to take a whiskey sour and make it your own. No special tools or ingredients are needed. We will email a list of items to have on hand, so invite your spouse, a friend or roommate to join and start your weekend early!

5:00 PM – SPARK Matchmaking Ends

Additional Sponsors