TIA @WCX18 Speaker Bio Page

Jim Misner
Senior Director Technical Standards,

Jim Misener leads automotive standards activities for Qualcomm. In this role, he participates externally in many standards fora, to include being immediate past Chair and current Vice Chair of the SAE DSRC Technical Committee and participation as US ISO TC204 expert and in with IEEE 1609 and with LTE technologies 3GPP. Recently, Jim was instrumental in founding and is on the Board of the 5G Automotive Association, with other founding members Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel and Nokia. This year, Jim founded a new SAE standards committee, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee. As part of his daily activities, Jim also provides broad internal consultation and support with automotive and transportation matters on emerging technologies, standards, deployment and spectrum issues.

Jim was early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, beginning in the mid 1990s. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies. Jim holds BS and MS degrees from UCLA and USC.

Steve Schwinke
Director Advance Development and Concepts,
Global Connected Consumer Experience,
General Motors and TIA Board Member

Steve Schwinke is currently the director of advanced development and concepts for GM’s Global Connected Consumer Experience business unit. In this role, Schwinke leads a team of vehicle engineers, developers and data scientists tasked with harnessing the power of the connected vehicle. His team utilizes data from the vehicle in numerous ways including quality improvements, predictive analytics and customer facing services. Additionally, his team is responsible for the platform enabling over the air delivery of software to millions of GM vehicles. Recently he has been active in providing solutions for the connected Autonomous Vehicle.

Previously Schwinke was the director of the developer ecosystem and application development responsible for creating an environment within GM vehicles that allowed developers to work with GM in a secure and controlled manner to design, test and deliver the most relevant, customizable and seamlessly integrated automotive apps. He was also in charge of defining a full certification process and business model for applications and for GM’s internal application delivery, such as OnStar’s RemoteLink mobile app.

Schwinke has been with OnStar for more than 20 years, where he has led various teams of engineers and developers that invented, designed and piloted many of the industry’s first telematics services. Prior to joining OnStar, Schwinke worked at Ford Motor Company and GTE Government Systems in Mountain View, Calif. During that time, he designed a variety of wireless communication subsystems and components. Schwinke received a bachelor’s degree in wireless communication from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his master’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in radio frequency and microwave communication systems from Santa Clara University. He holds 25 patents in the area of Telematics and serves on TIA’s Board or Directors.

Sara Carlson
Industrial Sector Connected Car GTM, IBM iX

Sara Carlson is an IBM Partner & Executive with more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing as an entrepreneur, technologist and consultant. Her passion for leading clients through major business and digital transformation collaborations is currently focused on the Connected Car Consumer Engagement, enabled by the latest cognitive, cloud, and data science technologies from IBM Watson, salesforce, Zuora, and XEVO. Sara’s expertise extends to Connected Vehicles, Conversational Commerce, Smarter Marketing, Digital Transformation, as well as Integrated Marketing and Sales Transformation. She is currently leading the IBM GTM Connected Car initiative for IBM’s Industrial Sector. Previously, she has led transformation programs for major automotive and electronics firms, including General Motors, Honda, other automotive OEMs, Intel, Cisco, and NetApp. Sara is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Ken DiPrima
Assistant Vice President,
AT&T Business Solutions - Internet of Things (IoT)

Ken DiPrima is Assistant Vice President of AT&T’s IoT Solutions. Ken leads a team that is responsible for developing solutions to support devices for connected cars, wearables, Healthcare, Smart Cities, and tracking/monitoring devices supporting many industries such as transportation, manufacturing, energy and healthcare.

With over 29 years of experience with AT&T and its predecessor companies, Ken has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, mobility service architecture (voice, Intelligent Networks, messaging, data, cloud), billing, security, engineering, long distance, and end-to-end testing. Prior to this role, Ken was Executive Director of Product Realization, where he had responsibility for both product development and service architecture design for most of AT&T’s mobility services.

Ken earned a Bachelor in Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida. He is active in the community, working with Boy Scouts and local study groups. Ken lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Sue and his three kids, Ryan, Kyle, and Kayla.

John Correia
Technical Director
Connected Strategy Advisors

John Correia has over 25 years of experience leading technical development across a number of cutting edge automotive technologies –most notably infotainment, telematics, and other forms of connectivity. John recently joined Connected Strategy Advisors as Managing Technical Director. He is focused on helping a variety of companies more fully exploit the rich data and analytics that connected devices and machines of all varieties can provide.

Previously, John held a number of technical leadership positions within GM and OnStar -most recently as an executive leading their advanced development and lab activities in addition to all of their mobile and associated embedded applications. During his time at OnStar, John also led the technical efforts for several generations of OnStar systems and managed the team of experts focused on strategic technologies such as Wireless/RF, Positioning, Voice Recognition, Security, Consumer Device Connectivity (BT, WiFi, NFC), Satellite Radio, and Vehicle Interface.

He was also instrumental in leading GM’s early efforts to exploit vehicle data to provide more engaging customer relationships, improve product quality, and enhance overall customer satisfaction. His achievements include over 17 patents, 2 Boss KetteringInnovation awards, and several chairman’s and CEO level recognition awards.

Prior to GM, John worked for Ford and Visteon designing and packaging audio and cellular systems. In addition to managing some of the Ford/Lincoln RESCU activities he helped establish many of the early cellular and satellite systems. John is an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Michigan and also has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Andrew Poliak
VP Product Planning, Strategy and Innovation
Panasonic Automotive Systems America (PASA)

Andrew Poliak is the VP Product Planning, Strategy and Innovation for Panasonic Automotive Systems America (PASA). Andrew is responsible for working with the executive team internally, and at the major North American OEMs, to develop future product, technology, business and intellectual property strategies and execution.

Andrew came to Panasonic with more than 20 years in embedded and IOT markets. Most recently he worked for QNX Software Systems where he was responsible for planning and business development for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Reconfigurable Clusters, Telematics, Connected Services and Infotainment. Andrew has patents in automotive acoustic, multimedia and navigation technologies and has been part of successful technology launches in nearly 100m vehicles.

Andrew is a father of two and a University of Washington Husky with a degree in Business Administration.