2019 Speakers, Presenters, and Panelists

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Josh Galvarino - Mercedes

Josh Galvarino currently works for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International as the Dangerous Goods Transportation Lead for North American parts distribution centers. He has six + years of experience in dangerous goods packaging engineering and transportation compliance. He is an active member of dangerous goods transportation committees including the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) as well the North American Automotive Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC).

Patricia Franco - Nissan

Patricia has been working for Nissan Mexico for four years. She is responsible for New Projects management and launching based on supply chain optimization and packaging trends application for design and redesign improvements. Additionally, she is in charge of Nissan Packaging Test Lab development. Her Master’s Degree in Packaging Engineering and Design is from Universidad De La Salle in Mexico.


Francisco Huerta - Nissan

Francisco has been working for Nissan Mexico for four years. His responsibilities include managing the packaging team, the coordination of packaging requirements, and specifications for successful design packaging for New Projects launches, as well as packaging improvements for existing parts, packaging suppliers and Reverse Logistics Management Cross Functional teams. His Master’s Degree in Packaging Engineering and Design is from Universidad De La Salle in Mexico.

Rocky Robinson - Dana Automotive

Rocky is the Senior Engineer of Aftermarket Operations Packaging & Quality Engineer at Dana Automotive in Crossville, TN where he has worked for 12 years. Dana Automotive is both an OEM and Tier One Supplier that serves the industry with aftermarket products. He is a graduate of the Certificate of Packaging Science from the Packaging School.

Adam Therrien - Honda

Adam is a passionate packaging professional who started with American Honda Motor as a Packaging Engineer developing solutions for automotive and motorcycle service parts.  After a period in Purchasing, he returned to the packaging team as the Packaging Operations Assistant Manager. In this role he collaborates with an amazing engineering team to implement core strategies and tactics; ensuring the packaging meets the needs of the rapidly evolving global supply chain. He holds a degree in Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Christopher Braun - Honda

Chris is a senior engineer at American Honda Motor SPPC where he works with a great team of professionals to help ensure the best packaging solutions for service parts. After working as a Project Engineer for American Honda Motor, he began his journey in the packaging realm in 2009 and approaches packaging development with an enthusiasm for the artistic/technical challenges that each new packaging situation brings. Chris enjoys putting together the puzzle pieces of materials, cost, and time to develop the best packaging solutions for American Honda. Chris graduated from Wright State University with a BS in Human Factors Engineering.

Bob Furlo - MPC

Bob is a packaging professional who started his career with GM after graduating from Michigan State University’s packaging program in 2000.  He is now working for Novares, an automotive plastic parts manufacturer.  The global customer base that Novares supply parts allows Bob to be a part of the latest packaging automotive industry trends.

Ryan Newman - BMW

Ryan has a diverse background in the packaging industry having gotten his start as a designer and
independent consultant in retail packaging for several national and international brands. He has a
degree in architecture with a minor in packaging science from Clemson University. At the beginning of
2018, he joined BMW North America as the ConDc Packaging and Compliance Manager, where he is
responsible for the development of new packaging concepts and overseeing service packaging for
current and future launches.

Maxwell Fisher - BMW

Max graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a packaging science degree. Since then, he has
been a packaging planner for BMW NAFTA sourced service parts. In this role, he is responsible for
coordinating packaging with suppliers for all past and future launches.


Darrin Lucas - Nissan

Darrin is the Senior Manager of Inbound Logistics at Nissan North America where he has worked for 14 years. He has a degree in Packaging Science from Clemson University and a Master’s in Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management from Middle Tennessee State University.


Brad Meredith - BMW

Brad will be participating in the BMW panel in the Returnable Packaging afternoon session. He is the Packaging Planning Specialist at BMW where he has worked for 9 years. He has a BS from Clemson’s Mechanical Engineering program.


Ryan Macek - BMW

Ryan Macek is the Logistics Planning Lead for Body Shop at BMW Manufacturing.  He has 17 years of automotive logistics and packaging experience, both in the Assembly Shop and Body Shop.  He earned a B.S. degree in Packaging Science from Michigan State University in 2001.