AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS & LOGISTICS CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

David Béguin

David Béguin

Sales Director – North America
BlueBotics

David is based in BlueBotics’ Swiss HQ, but works most closely with our North American customer base. With a background split between portfolio management and marketing, David generates new customer partnerships before helping these companies move from concept to creation to market launch and beyond.

Kevin Blankenspoor

Kevin Blankespoor

Senior Vice President and General Manager - Warehouse Robotics
Boston Dynamics

Kevin Blankespoor is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Warehouse Robotics at Boston Dynamics. He led and contributed to the development of the BigDog, LS3, Atlas, Handle, and Stretch robots. Blankespoor’s Warehouse Robotics team is focused on building flexible mobile robots capable of taking on all of the box handling tasks in warehouses and distribution centers. He also wrote the control software that first enabled Boston Dynamics’ legged robots to dynamically balance and walk outside in the real world. Blankespoor received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

William R. Boer

William R. Boer

Principal Consultant
Dematic

As a Principal Consultant for one of the leading material handling company's in the world, Bill gets involved with some of the most interesting and unique projects you can imagine.   His concepts are informed by the 30+ years he spent in Operations in the retail and wholesale verticals.  Starting on the docks Bill's has held key leadership roles in Operations Management as well as Information Technology with some Loss Prevention and Human Resources responsibilities mixed in.  He earned an MBA from Western Michigan University, and holds multiple patents for material handling innovations.  In his current role with Dematic, Bill has helped to solve operational challenges and create new capabilities for some of the leading companies in North America.    

Walter Buga

Walter J. Buga

CEO
Arendai Inc.

Dr. Walter J. Buga is a serial entrepreneur and strategic thinker with extensive knowledge of high-tech markets, products, and technologies. He is a telecommunications subject matter expert in both wired and wireless networks and technologies, who has designed large-scale systems that have been deployed throughout the world. His new experiences and passions are autonomous and connected vehicles and systems, industrial IoT, robotics, drones and Artificial Intelligence.

Matt Charles

Matt Charles

Sales Director
MiR

Matt is the Sales Director for MiR responsible for Midwest US & Canada.  Over the past 10+ years he has been involved in all aspects of robotic deployments for industrial manufacturing and warehouse automation projects.  His passion is in solving customer's intralogistics challenges with mobile robotics and connecting them with the best partner for the application.

Jeff Christensen

Jeff Christensen

Vice President of Product
Seegrid

A perceptive strategist, Jeff oversees Seegrid’s product development efforts. His career spans technology design, information delivery solutions, business intelligence, and analytic software. His expertise is in growing startups into multinational corporations. Jeff studied Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College.

Parker Conroy

Parker Conroy

Global Marketing Director - AMR
OMRON Automation

Parker Conroy has spent almost all his career in robotics since his graduation from University of Utah. His experience of having led both AMR marketing and engineering initiatives at Omron, has brought him a unique view on the strategic design of Omron’s AMR roadmap as well as the practicality of AMR adoptions among manufacturing and warehouse businesses. In his spare time, Parker is advising a Carnegie Mellon University student group in their masters of robotics development project. He currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and a German Shepherd named Hanna.

Denise Ebenhoech

Denise Ebenhoech

Regional Head of Advanced Robotic Applications
KUKA Robotics

Denise Ebenhoech is Regional Head of Advanced Robotic Applications for KUKA Robotics. She works with local sales and account management to provide customers with innovative automation solutions utilizing human-robot collaboration and mobile robotics. She holds a Master of Science degree in business administration and economics from the University of Hagan and has spoken at several national conferences, including FABTECH 2019, the 2019 Autonomous Mobile Robot Conference, and 2018 and 2019 International Robot Safety Conferences.

Scott Gurley

Scott Gurley

General Manager
Footmaster

Scott is a trained public speaker passionate about motivating and empowering people to achieve success in their lives and careers. With an affinity for innovative ideas, Scott believes the most effective solutions are those born from the adversity of being challenged and hitting roadblocks. His manifesto is that our best is always yet come and offers practical guidance to developing the mindset necessary to solve problems. 

Franz Humer

Franz Humer

CEO and CoFounder
AGILOX

CEO and CoFounder of AGILOX Group based in Neukirchen / Austria with Subsidiaries in the US, Switzerland, China. Studied Automation and Supply Chain Management at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. 25yrs. experience in various fields of Logistics Automation. Married and 2 kids.

Marco Majoli

Marco Majoli

VP of Sales
Robopac USA

With over 20 years in the packaging including working for 3 of the top 10 largest packaging companies in the world, Marco Majoli is considered a leading expert in the secondary packaging industry.

For the last 5 years, Marco has led improvements for Robopac USA's after-market division. Marco is now the LGV Internal Logistic Solution Sales Manager where he brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for automation to the laser-guided vehicle industry.

Sev McMurtry

Sev McMurtry

Corporate Vice President Operations and Service Support
FedEx

Sev McMurtry is Corporate Vice President of Operations and Service Support at FedEx Corporation headquartered in Memphis, TN. Sev has more than 34 years of experience with the company. Prior to his current position, he had the role of Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and Engineering at FedEx Ground. Sev earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and his master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has received multiple awards from the company, including the prestigious FedEx Ground Five Star Award. Sev serves on the Board of Directors for the Carnegie Science Center, the Josh Gibson Foundation and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.

Samir Menon

Samir Menon

CEO
Dexterity

Samir is an entrepreneur working to transform robots from hard-wired automatons into collaborative helpers. He has worked on all aspects of robotics---machining metal to control theory---and has designed and built numerous robots. At Dexterity, Samir has worked to build a customer-first culture with products that clearly solve customer problems and produce strategic leverage. He hopes to use technology to first delegate repetition to robots, and then delegate scarcity to the history books. Samir was trained as a computer scientist; he received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Information Technology.

Samil Ozden

Samil Ozden

Co-Founder & CEO
Milvus Robotics

Samil Ozden is the Co-Founder and CEO of Milvus Robotics, a pioneer and leader in the world of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). Ozden has more than 15 years of experience in robotics and automation and in his role at Milvus Robotics, he is responsible for moving the overall strategic planning and deployment of the organization’s AMRs, while also setting the tone and building the narrative for the company’s central vision. By embracing and utilizing his unique set of skills, Ozden has helped to reimagine and push the boundaries of Milvus technology and ultimately creating stronger, smarter, and more powerful AMRs for clients throughout the world. His work and contributions have proven instrumental in Milvus Robotics in the quest to provide AMRs to clients throughout the world. Ozden received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University.

Florian Pestoni

Florian Pestoni

CEO
InOrbit

Florian Pestoni is the co-founder and CEO of InOrbit, the leading robot operations platform for autonomy orchestration. With over 15 years' of experience leading products at SaaS startups and public companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Adobe, Florian's passion is to bring a data-driven, product-centric approach to robot operations. At InOrbit, he drives the company’s vision that humans, robots, and AI working together can overcome our global challenges to positively impact the lives of billions.

Aaron Prather

Aaron Prather

FedEx Express Sr Tech Ops Advisor
FedEx

Aaron Prather has worked for FedEx for 26 years. He started unloading trucks while still in college. He has held numerous position at FedEx including roles in IT and Operations Engineering. He is currently a Senior Advisor for the Technology Research and Planning group at FedEx Express. He is a member of both the R15.06 and R15.08 committees.

Oli Qirko

Oli Qirko

Senior Vice President - US Industrial, Consumer and Energy Division
Cambridge Consultants

Oli leads the Automotive, Industrial, Consumer and Energy Division for Cambridge Consultants in North America. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Oli works with clients to develop breakthrough products and provide business consultancy in technology-critical issues.

Thomas Reek

Thomas Reek

Vice President of Sales
SCHUNK

Tom Reek has 25 years experience specializing in robot end of arm tooling for gripping/handling applications. This encompasses a range of technologies from mechanical gripping using pneumatic and electric drives, magnetic, vacuum gripping, and more. Currently, he leads the SCHUNK USA sales team, both advancing automation to new users and maximizing effective applications to skilled users. His passion is empowering organizations to increase their productivity and competitiveness using robotic workpiece handling automation. SCHUNK is a world leader in the development of standard gripping/handling components and custom solutions for a wide range of processes and industries.

Matt Rendall

Matt Rendall

CEO and Co-Founder
OTTO Motors

Matt Rendall is the CEO and Co-Founder of OTTO Motors, where he is responsible for driving the strategic commercialization of industrial telerobotics and autonomous systems, and setting the overarching vision for the company. He began his career by developing and commercializing complex electro-mechanical systems, and held various research and development positions in automation, automotive, and defense industries. Matt holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the inaugural Mechatronics Engineering class at the University of Waterloo, and a Master's in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology also from the University of Waterloo. His thought leadership brought Clearpath early success, along with a variety of accolades including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award for Young Entrepreneur-Ontario and Business Insider’s 40 Under 40 People to Watch recognition.

Daniel Theobald

Daniel Theobald

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Vecna Robotics

Daniel Theobald is the Chief Innovation Officer and founder of Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company. Daniel has decades of experience leading research scientists and teams of engineers in developing cutting edge technology. He has 67 issued patents and more than 30 patents pending.    Daniel has been on the forefront of robotics for more than 20 years, working closely with DARPA, DOD, NASA, NIH, USDA and many others to advance the use of robots and AI software to improve supply chain automation. In addition to founding Vecna Robotics, Daniel also co-founded MassRobotics, a non-profit dedicated to the global advancement of the robotics industry. Daniel is dedicated to the idea that technology can be used to empower people worldwide to live more fulfilling lives.

Jason Walker

Jason Walker

CEO & Co-Founder
WayPoint Robotics

Jason Walker is CEO and Co-founder of Waypoint Robotics, which designs and manufactures easy to use, industrial-strength, omnidirectional autonomous mobile robots. Prior to founding Waypoint, Mr. Walker Co-founded CyPhy Works where he served as Lead Roboticist and Director of Operations while working on contacts for DARPA, NIST, and the National Science Foundation. Walker helped grow CyPhy Works into a leading tethered drone supplier in North America. Prior to CyPhy Works, he was the quality and testing manager for the Roomba vacuuming robot at iRobot. Walker received a BSEE with a concentration in Robotics and Control Systems from Kansas State University.

Matt Wicks

Matt Wicks

Director of Robotics
Celestica

Matt leads the strategic development of Celestica’s global robotics portfolio. In this role he brings his passion for robotics automation and over 20 years of experience in senior roles focused on the development of advanced robotics solutions. Matt's deep expertise also includes material handling solutions and automation integration into high-volume manufacturing and distribution systems. A recognized and respected thought leader, Matt is the Chair of the Robotics Industry Association Board of Directors and serves on several robotics and supply chain industry association boards. 

Melonee Wise

Melonee Wise

CEO
Fetch Robotics

Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which provides collaborative robots for the warehouse and logistics industry. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage, a research and development laboratory specialized in robotics. While there, she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software. Melonee was a 2015 recipient of MIT Technology Review's TR 35 award for technology innovators under the age of 35. In 2017, Business Insider named her as one of eight CEOs changing the way we work. Under her leadership, the company won the MODEX Innovation award for the materials handling industry, as well as being named to RBR 50, a listing of the 50 most innovative robotics companies in the world. Fetch Robotics is a 2018 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.