Meet The Finals Speakers

Our speakers will share their thoughts and perspectives on the following topics:

    • Welcome  Introductions & GAMIC Overview
      • David B. Stout – General Manager, Global Electronics
    • Opening Keynote – GM Maven:  Ride-Sharing, Marketing & Disruption
      • Kelly Helfrich – Manager, Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure, Maven / General Motors
    • Closing Address – Intellectual Property Considerations – And the Winner is …
      • Salvador M. Bezos – Director, Electronics Practice Group, Sterne Kessler

The Speakers:

David B. Stout
General Manager, Global Electronics

Mr. Stout has served as a Director of SAE International, and was 2016 Chair of the SAE Detroit Section where he has organized numerous technical workshops.  He also chaired the SAE Publications Operating Board and is on the SAE Commercial Vehicle Executive Council.  He is a founder of the annual Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC), currently in its 10th year with finals held at the 2018 SAE WCX Congress.

David consults for high technology companies, mostly European, in the business development and strategic assessment arena.  He is currently General Manager of Global Electronics LLC, a tier 1 supplier of test instrumentation for powertrain and emissions.  He is also a board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts.

Prior to his consulting, David was president of TEMIC Automotive, an automotive electronics division of Daimler Benz and VP Americas for WABCO Vehicle Control Systems.  Previously to that, David held leadership positions at Corning, both in North America and in Europe, in its electronics and fiber optic communications businesses.

Mr. Stout has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University; served in the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia; and received an MBA from the University of Chicago in International Business and Finance.

Kelly Helfrich
Manager, Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure, Maven / General Motors

The future of transportation is centered on electric mobility solutions. Kelly Helfrich, Manager of Electric Vehicles (EVs) & Charging Infrastructure at Maven – General Motor’s mobility group – is focused on creating and deploying smart transportation solutions powered by zero emissions. In her role, she is in charge of creating the blueprint for Maven’s EV-centric mobility solutions and informing investments in charging infrastructure.

Since joining Maven, Kelly has overseen the deployment of hundreds of electric vehicles across major U.S. cities. In evaluating how the cars function within each landscape, she partners with cities, utilities, and charging companies to craft strategies to optimize further growth.

Prior to General Motors, Kelly worked at Evercar, a startup which applied the solar power purchase agreement model to transportation electrification by renting electric vehicles to municipalities and rideshare drivers on a total cost of ownership basis. Kelly is also co-founder and president of a nonprofit established in 2007 which is focused on youth education and development in Detroit and East Africa. Kelly studied Economics and Business at Central Michigan University and received a Master’s from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Salvador M. Bezos
Director, Electronics Practice Group, Sterne Kessler

Salvador M. Bezos is a Director in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group.  Sal provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).  In addition, he develops enforceable patent portfolios capable of withstanding scrutiny in America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and helps inventors navigate post-Alice statutory subject matter issues in the business method and software spaces.

Sal is part of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation Practice.  His practice covers a range of technical areas, including automotive technology, databases, user interfaces, financial software products, computer graphics, networking, and computer architectures.

Sal is an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he has taught a course on patent writing since 2012. He is also on the Board of Directors of Computer CORE, a Virginia non-profit teaching low-income adults the technological and professional skills needed to pursue their career aspirations.  Sal has served as the chair of the Technology and Engineering Education Advisory Board for Fairfax County Public Schools and as a board member for ten years, where he provided industry perspectives and a review of Fairfax County’s middle and high school engineering curriculum.

Sal earned his J.D., Intellectual Property Law Specialty Track, from George Mason University School of Law; his M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; and his B.S. in computer engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.