As we begin the newest Launch Forth challenge, the #OlliFleet Challenge, we would like to introduce you to the judges who'll be working closely with Local Motors to understand how potential deployments can support us in shaping the future of Olli and our understanding of mobility.
We are excited to introduce to you, the panel of judges from Phoenix, AZ. The judges we've selected cut across disciplines of business, policy, and governance. We are confident that these judges will be able to balance the desire for deploying new visions mobility today with clear eye on the future when autonomous vehicles will be part of everyday life.
Greater Phoenix Area Judges
Brad Wright, Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Brad is a Legal Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Brad Wright represents clients on complex business matters often involving the intersection of law, public policy and business. Brad’s diverse skill set involves significant experience in the autonomous vehicles, real estate, public finance and infrastructure and public policy sectors. Brad has been an advocate of autonomous driving technology, smart infrastructure and smart cities and regularly appears as a thought-leader on those topic.
Sandra Watson, President & CEO @ Arizona Commerce Association
Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted to Arizona more than 750 companies that have committed to invest nearly $10 billion in capital and create more than 125,000 Jobs. During her tenure with the Arizona Department of Commerce, and now the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Ms. Watson served in multiple positions with increasing responsibilities and results. She has led Business Attraction, Business Development, Innovation & Technology, Workforce and Marketing divisions. She served as the Executive Director on the Governor’s Council of Innovation & Technology in advancing the state’s Innovation and Technology roadmap.
Kevin Biesty, Deputy Director for Policy @ Arizona DOT
Kevin Biesty currently serves as deputy director for policy and leads the proactive and effective process through which ADOT communicates with and serves Congress, the legislature and the people of Arizona. He leads the Department’s development of policies surrounding autonomous/connected vehicles and future transportation and mobility technologies.
Jason Rowley, President @ Phoenix Suns
Jason Rowley is in his seventh season as the Suns’ President and his 12th season overall with the team. As President, Rowley is responsible for managing all business operations of the Suns and oversees the club’s interests in the management of Talking Stick Resort Arena, the WNBA Phoenix Mercury, the NBA Development League Northern Arizona Suns, the Legends Entertainment District, and affiliated entities. Rowley previously served as the team’s Chief Operating Officer, as well as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
John B. Rogers CEO & Co-Founder @ LM Industries
John B. Rogers is the CEO and co-founder of LM Industries, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles and other high-technology products in partnership with other global manufacturers. This disruptive company is redefining the rapid development of connected hardware by pairing advanced manufacturing with open innovation tools. LM Industries is the first company to utilize Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), as evidenced when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014. Currently the Company is working on its latest creation, Olli, an urban speed, cognitive, electric, shuttle. Rogers founded LM after serving for seven years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander. He has worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., as an investment analyst at Ewing & Partners, and at a startup medical device company in the People’s Republic of China. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Director of the RBR Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on education and healthcare. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Rogers holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).