Jim Bement is a 30-year veteran of the car business with both wholesale and retail experience. He currently leads GM’s efforts in global retail systems. Prior to that, he headed the digital innovation area, pioneering an application called Dealer Online Retailing. Jim began his career on the retail side of the business with the Sewell Automotive organization out of Dallas, TX. He also spent several years as a Zone Manager for Saturn Corporation in the North Central region.
Brian Cooley is Editor at Large and has been with the company since 1995 when he launched CNET Radio. He also led CNET into coverage of car tech and is CNET’s senior media commentator, frequently appearing on national television, radio outlets and in-store video programming to offer a clear, understandable perspective of the consumer electronics world.
Dan DeRubeis has a breadth of marketing experience spanning 15 years of service in various positions with Ford Motor Company, including areas of focus in business development, retail growth, marketing programs, and product management. In his current role as Technology & Innovation Development Manager for the Ford Customer Service Division, Dan is the product manager for Ford SMART Technology and his primary responsibility is to lead the development of innovative solutions that create engaging service experiences for Ford and Lincoln owners. Dan holds a BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan and a MBA in Marketing from Arizona State University.
Mike Driehorst leads the corporate social media efforts for FCA US, overseeing content, community management, outreach, monitoring and most anything else that comes with brand social media. Mike has 10 years’ experience in social media, tracing his work-focused digital roots to 2006 with outreach to military bloggers, and participation in B2B forums. Prior to joining the FCA US corporate digital media team in 2010, Mike served as a PR and social media consultant, working with various local and national clients for a couple years. Before that, Mike paid dues in agency life in various PR and communications roles over 13 years with a couple Northwest Ohio PR and digital marketing agencies.
Peyman Nilforoush is the Co-Founder and CEO of inPowered. Brands use inPowered’s platform to help people make informed decision by discovering and promoting trusted expert content. A media entrepreneur and visionary, Peyman along with his brother Pirouz previously founded NetShelter in 1999, which became the world’s largest technology property on the web before being acquired by Ziff Davis in 2013. Peyman was named to the 2010 Who’s Who in Business Publishing by BtoB’s Media Business Magazine. He was a recipient of Profit 100’s Young Entrepreneur Award for being the youngest CEO on the list of fastest growing companies. Peyman is a Charter Member of C100, which supports and mentors Canadian entrepreneurs. @ThePeyman
Tim Stevens is Editor at Large for CNET and Editor in Chief of Roadshow. A journalist with more than 15 years of experience, Tim covers high-profile companies and their executives. He is a frequent contributor to major domestic and international news outlets, sharing his insights and perspectives on topics like consumer technology and the latest advancements in the automotive industry. He serves as a judge on the CEATEC Innovation Awards panel, attended the exclusive 2013 XPRIZE Visioneering Conference, and regularly acts as speaker and moderator at industry events. Tim joined CNET in 2013 after serving as Editor in Chief of Engadget, part of the the AOL/Huffington Post network.