As we begin 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 Sacramento, CA. 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 Sacramento Area Judges
Jay Sales, Director: The Shop @ VSP Global
In 2006, Jay Sales joined VSP Global, an industry-leading organization that brings together high-quality, high-fashion eyewear, customized lenses and ophthalmic technology to help more than 80 million people see. Since then, Jay has been an integral part of launching VSP's innovation lab, The Shop. Predicated on design thinking, lean methodologies, and disruption theory, The Shop is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds where design, fashion and healthcare collide. Jay has over 20 years of experience in technology, which has included positions working with IBM and its premiere business partners, HP, and multiple start-ups and Internet companies. He is currently leading a fast-paced team that emphasizes design-driven disruption via technology for the healthcare and vision industries.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui U.S. Representative for California's 6th District
Doris Matsui has been a tireless leader in creating a vibrant and connected region, representing the city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas in Congress since 2005. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she serves on the Health, Communications & Technology, Environment, and Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection subcommittees. The Congresswoman is the Co-Chair of the High Tech Caucus in Congress, and advocates for policies to expand the innovative use of technology across every sector of the economy. She has been a key player in the development of ATOS (Autonomous Transportation Open Standard) labs since its inception in 2016 and believes Sacramento can be ground zero for the development, testing and demonstration of new mobility technologies, including Autonomous Vehicles. Congresswoman Matsui has also been a leader in promoting policies which address the effects of our changing climate, serving as a co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition in Congress. Congresswoman Matsui currently serves as a Member of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian and is on the Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
John Rhinehart, President of Business Operations @ Sacramento Kings
John Rinehart enters his 19th season with the Sacramento Kings, and second as President of Business Operations. Rinehart oversees the operations of Fast Company’s “most innovative company in sports,” including the state-of-the-art, award winning Golden 1 Center as it enters its third season, the organization’s real estate business holdings, entertainment portfolio and revenue development strategy. Through a $1 billion strategic investment to build Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons (DOCO), the Kings have profoundly impacted the region’s economy, reenergized downtown and created a culture and lifestyle district that has placed Sacramento in the national spotlight. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer where his duties included contract negotiation, player contract compliance and analysis (NBA Tax and Escrow system), financial analysis, financial reporting, budgeting, financing administration, arena programming and services, legal affairs, insurance and tax requirements. In his time with the Kings, Rinehart has negotiated several key agreements, including the structure of the public/private partnership with the City of Sacramento, debt financing, cable, over-the-air, and radio broadcast contracts, ticketing agreements, food and beverage and merchandise agreements and building naming rights. Rinehart graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University in 1991. He and his two daughters Kaitlyn and Megan reside in the Land Park area of downtown Sacramento.
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor @ The City of Sacramento
- Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature. He is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years.
At the local level, Steinberg played a key role in Sacramento’s downtown revitalization, obtaining state funding for a new courthouse, which is expected to create 1,800 jobs for the city. Steinberg also fought for state monies for career pathways to connect high school students to 21st century jobs, delivering millions of dollars to Sacramento area schools in the first round of funding. Since assuming office in December 2016, Steinberg has made economic development, addressing homelessness and providing year-round paid internships to Sacramento’s high school students through a new initiative, Thousand Strong, the cornerstone of his administration. In his short time in office, Steinberg has already positioned Sacramento as potentially the first 5G city in the nation through a new public-private partnership with Verizon. Additionally, he has utilized his state experience and relationships to secure $64 million for homeless services and over $2 million to support Thousand Strong. He is just getting started.
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).