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Whether you are a professional aspiring to become a manager, a manager aspiring to become a C-level leader, early stage entrepreneur ready to launch your new company or a business owner ready to grow your company to the next level; there is something for each one of you at BMM BizCon 2017!

At BMM BizCon 2017, you will not only be able to meet and connect with people who will motivate and guide you to achieve your dreams but you will also be able to learn growth strategies for your career and business venture first hand!

BMM BizCon 2017 Theme: 21st Century Intelligent Mobility

Connectivity, urbanization and social changes are having a profound impact on future of personal mobility, transportation & the automobile. This will unravel another wave of innovation – similar to how internet revolutionized the information industry. Given the reach of this topic, we are expecting hundreds of professionals and 20+ speakers from multiple industries such as:

  • Auto industry and its related eco-system
  • Academicians & researchers
  • Government & regulatory authorities
  • Entrepreneurs & Investment community

Attendee Demographic:

  • $150,000 + Average Annual Income
  • More than 90% of the attendees have Post Graduate degrees from US Universities
  • 12% of the attendees are CEOs & Entrepreneurs
  • 20% attendees are Doctors
  • 65% attendees are Engineers and IT professionals
  • 10 or more nationalities and countries represented

BMM BizCon 2017 offers two distinct tracks for you to pave a new way to achieve personal, professional and business growth.

Business-to-Business Bridge

Expand your Company’s horizon and get exposed to opportunities to expand the business, acquire new markets and partnership and create targeted networks.

Participate in the Business to Business Bridge track if your goal is to take your company to the next level of success through:

  • Targeted matchmaking that may lead to future partnerships
  • Information sessions with industry experts
  • Powerful Network and connections with a “Segment Focus”
  • Panel discussions with celebrated business leaders from India and USA
  • Opportunity to market your business
  • Networking with future JV partners, Mergers and Acquisitions, procurement leads

B2B attendees will take away newfound insights and key new connections for business growth. Sign up now to take the step in the right direction for your career and company!

BMM Shifting Gears

This session is designed for those who want to be an exceptional leader by climbing the corporate ladder and for those who want to carve out entrepreneurial path of their own. You will have an opportunity to identify your own strengths, learn how to hone leadership skills and extend your influence by exploring ways to improve your social/professional networking skills.

Shifting Gears session will provide you the following:

  • Professional guidance from industry’s leading panelists, their inspirational and motivational stories
  • Hands on workshop to identify key strengths, knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents
  • Facilitated discussions on topics such as
    Business models & capital, marketing & sales, growth strategies for entrepreneurs
    Leadership development, team building, global culture awareness
  • Interactive session to create Career Blueprint roadmap for the next steps in your career
  • Accountability Partner and other tools to help you track your progress

All this in a no-pressure, casual collaborative environment with people just like you and who have done it before. Sign up now to take the step in the right direction for your career!

BMM BizCon 2017 Speakers

Sachin Lawande



Anand Deshpande

Founder, Chairman, MD

Persistent Systems

Laurel Champion

Chief Operating Officer

American Mobility Center

Keith Brophy

State Director

Michigan SBDC

Prabhakar Patil

Former CEO, Sr. Advisor

LG Chem Power

Gary Streelman

Director, Adv. Engineering

Magneti Marelli

Steve Cook

Engineer of Operations

Michigan DOT

Paul Krepps

Global Bus. Dev. Head

Michigan Eco. Dev. Corp.

Scott McCormick

President Connected

Vehicle Trade Association

Dr. Anuja Sonalker

Founder And CEO


Ralph Buckingham

Director Autonomous Veh


Barath Indrakumar

Director, Digital Concepts

ZF Friedrichshafen

Yogen Rahangdale

President & CEO

Empire Die Casting

Tel Ganesan

Managing Partner

Kyyba Ventures

Shri Thanedar

Serial Entrepreneur

Birgit Klohs


The Right Place, Inc

Robert Pasick

Executive Coach, Author

Kevin Suboski

Entrepreneur Operating System Implementer

Diana Wong


Sensei Change Associates

Rahul Shah


Katalyst Technologies (Building high growth company)

Alain Pietty

Technology Team Mgr.

Michigan SBDC

Dave Grossman

Founder and Principal

Dynamic Strategy Group LLC

Timothy Yerdon

Head of Global Mar.Com.


Matt Smith

Associate VP,

Michael Baker International

Angela Barbash



Miche Rayment


The Hire Effect

Spider Lockhart

Managing Director


Maryn Weimer

Sr. Assoc. Director

Ohio State Univ. CAR

Bhushan Kulkarni

President & CEO

InfoReady Corp

Avinash Rachmale

President & CEO

Lakeshore Corp

NIteen Joshi



Anu Gopalakrishnan

Sr. Product Manager


Suhrid Wadekar


Goodwin Procter

Naresh Bharde


Excellence Capital

Amol Fulambarkar


Excellence Capital

Kedar Narkhede

Vice President

Excellence Capital

Jeffrey Fratarcangeli

Managing Principal

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC

Nick Suino


Michigan SEO Group [MSG]

Raman Mehta



Conference Agenda

Main Lobby, Ballroom Lobby
7:30 – 8:30 Registration, Breakfast, Exhibits, Networking
Ballroom A
8:30 – 10:00 Welcome Address
Bhushan Kulkarni, President and CEO of InfoReady Corp
(BMM BizCon 2017 Conference Chair)
Welcome to BMM
Niteen Joshi, President BMM
Welcome to Michigan
Birgit Klohs, President & CEO, The Right Place
Keynotes: Transforming Your Careers and Businesses in A Rapidly Changing World
Sachin Lawande, CEO of Visteon, and
Anand Deshpande, CEO of Persistent Systems
Shri Thanedar, Chairman of Avomeen
Agenda Review
Anu Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Product Manager Sirius XM Radio
(Master of Ceremony)
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee, Exhibits, Networking
Ballroom A Grand Gallery A & B
BMM Shifting Gears Business to Business Bridge
10:30 – 11:15 Learn from Masters
Moderator: Rob Pasick, CEO of Leaders Connect, Organizational Psychologist; Lecturer at U of M
– Yogen Rahangdale, Chairman, Diversified Manufacturing and Assembly
– Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Xcelerator
– Dr. Prabhakar Patil, Senior Advisor & ex-CEO, LG Chem Power
– Kevin Suboski, EOS Implementor
Economic Trends in Connected Mobility

Moderator: Anu Gopalkrishnan, Sr. Product Manager – Connected Audio Services at Sirius XM Radio Inc
– Birgit Klohs, The President and CEO, The Right Place
– Representative from MIDC, India
– Scott McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association
– Paul Krepps, Global Business Development: Michigan Economic Development Corporation
– Anuja Sonalkar, Founder and CEO of STEER Tech
– Raman Mehta, VP & CIO Visteon

11:15 – 12:15 Interactive Workshop: Discover Your Core Strengths
Workshop Leader: Dr. Diana Wong, CEO of Sensei Change
Participants will have an opportunity to develop important professional career development blueprint to create their own unique desired future.
– Create a vision and mission for professional development and growth
– Identify key strengths, knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents
– Develop an action plan with major career milestones
– Practice important tips and techniques for professional networking
– Obtain important advice for shifting gears in professional careers
Transforming and Protecting the Future of Transportation
Moderator: Scott McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association
– Ralph Buckingham, Director – Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Testing, Intertek
– Tim Yerdon – Head of Global Marketing and Communication, Visteon Corporation
– Gary Streelman, Director Advanced Engineering & New Concepts, Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems
– Ami Dotan, CEO & Co-Founder, Karamba Security
– Barath Indrakumar, Director for Digital Concepts and Internal ecosystems, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Ballroom Lobby
12:15 – 1:00
Ballroom A
1:00 – 1:45 Future of Intelligent Mobility

John Maddox, CEO of American Center of Mobility

How the Autonomous Vehicle Era Will Impact Main Street Small Business Through a Ripple Effect
Keith Brophy, Michigan State Executive Director, Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)
Keynote Panel: Real-Estate Opportunities in India
Moderator: Avinash Rachmale, Chairman and CEO, Lakeshore Toltest Corp.
Panelists: Excellence Capital, Dr. Naresh Bharde, Amol Fulambarkar, Kedar Narkhede, Jeffrey Fratarcangeli
Review of Afternoon Sessions
Anu Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Product Manager Sirius XM Radio
(Master of Ceremony)
Ballroom Lobby
1:45 – 2:00 Networking Break
Ballroom A Grand Gallery A & B
BMM Shifting Gears Business to Business Bridge
2:00 – 2:45 World Cafe
Casual conversations with leaders on following topics:
(Attendees can decide any 2 topics for 20 minutes each)
Cafe Leader: Diana Wong, CEO, Sensei Change
Table Topics:
Cafe Table 1: Prabhakar Patil, Senior Advisor, LG Chem Power (Journey from corporate world to entrepreneurship)
Cafe Table 2: Anand Deshpande, Founder and CEO of Persistent Systems (Journey from start up to building a global business)
Cafe Table 3: Sachin Lawande, CEO, Visteon Corporation (Journey from Engineer to CEO)
Cafe Table 4: Rob Pasick, CEO of Leaders Connect, Organizational Psychologist; Lecturer at U of M (Emotional Intelligence)
Cafe Table 5: Rahul Shah, CEO , Katalyst Technologies (Building high growth company)
Cafe Table 6:
Kevin Suboski, EOS Implementer (Entrepreneurs & Building Strategy)
Miche Rayment, Founder and Chief Facilitator at The Hire Effect™ (Leadership Development / Team Building)
Spider Lockhardt, Managing Director, The Pathworks (Sales & Marketing)
Angela Barbash, Principal, Revalue (Funding)
Nick Suino, Founde Michigan SEO Group (Marketing Techniques for Entrepreneurs)
World Cafe
Casual conversations with leaders on following topics:
(Attendees can decide any 2 topics for 20 minutes each)
Table Topics:
Cafe Table 1: Alain Pietty and Kayo Remirez, Michigan SBDC (Partnership potential and investment opportunities for overseas companies)
Cafe Table 2: Ralph Buckingham, Intertek (Challenges and opportunities in making connected vehicles safe, secure and reliable)
Cafe Table 3: Gary Streelman, Magneti Marelli (Telematics and Vehicle communication – IoT)
Cafe Table 4: Tim Yerdon, Visteon (Advancement in Infotainment – IoT)
Cafe Table 5: Matt Smith, Michael Baker (Intelligent Transportation)
Cafe Table 6: Barath Indrakumar, Digital Transformation – Opportunities and Challenges
Ballroom Lobby
2:45 – 3:00 Coffee, Exhibits, Networking
Ballroom A Grand Gallery A & B
BMM Shifting Gears Business to Business Bridge
3:00 – 3:45 Goal Setting
Workshop Leader: Dr. Diana Wong, CEO, Sensei Change
– Complete your career blueprint. Get input from others on your plan
– Feet Forward – Get an Accountability Partner
World Cafe
Smart Cities, Smart Communities
Presentations by:
Steve Cook,P.E., Engineer of Operations and Maintenance, MDOT
Maryn Weimer, Senior Associate Director, Smart Columbus city, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
3:45 – 4:00 Appreciation & Closing Remarks Appreciation & Closing Remarks
Ballroom Lobby
4:00 – 5:30 Cash Bar & Open Networking

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Conference Chair: Bhushan Kulkarni | bhushan.kulkarni@