High-Profile Keynotes Highlight Chicago Auto Show Media Preview

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview will open on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) breakfast. MAMA President Kirk Bell will present the MAMA Family Vehicle of the Year award and introduce keynote speaker Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.

Carter is responsible for the Toyota division, the Lexus division, sales administration, Toyota logistics services, Toyota Motor Sales de Mexico and Toyota de Puerto Rico. Prior to his current position, Carter was group vice president and general manager of Toyota division at TMS, where he was responsible for leading all sales, logistics and marketing activities for Toyota and Scion regional sales offices and distributors.

Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas for Ford Motor Co., will be the guest speaker at the Economic Club of Chicago (ECC) Luncheon. Prior to becoming executive vice president, Hinrichs has held a number of senior positions within Ford, including group vice president and president of Asia Pacific Africa; group vice president, global manufacturing and labor affairs; vice president, North America manufacturing; vice president of vehicle operations and president; and CEO of Ford Motor Co. of Canada, Limited.

Founded in 1927 to serve as a forum for Chicago’s business community, the ECC is one of Chicago’s finest business groups and has had a decade-long association with the Chicago Auto Show. The ECC has grown to become a premier institution, providing elite members of the business world a platform to express and discuss economic, business and social issues. The ECC luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show is a cornerstone event of the Chicago Auto Show Media Preview, boasting speeches from Bill Ford, Jim Press, Henrik Fisker, Ralph Gilles, Jonathan Browning and Yoshi Inaba.

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