Connecting the dots between research, academics and industry

Petula Burks, Director of Public Relations

January 23, 2019

Join thought leaders and industry experts to discuss the center for future mobility

Sacramento, CA – The future of mobility is shaking up the auto and technology world.  From autonomous to electric to connectedness, mobility is changing, and Greater Sacramento is leading the conversation.

As we look toward the future, mobility and transportation are topics that usually lead the conversation.  From emissions to funding to new trends, how are we going to make mobility more sustainable and at the same time affordable are questions that typically arise.

Understanding that Sacramento continues to grow, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council is bringing together a group of thought leaders and industry experts to discuss the challenges, solutions, and innovations in mobility Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the Conversations with the Community series.

The Conversation promises to be enlightening, progressive, and will address next steps as Greater Sacramento moves towards realizing the creation of the center for future mobility.  What will it look like?  The center for future mobility will build upon the talents and strengths right here at our local universities and startups.  It will provide our innovators and creators a space to translate their thoughts, drawings and research into something tangible and possibly mass producible.  Using the PEM-Aachen model out of Germany, PEM-Sacramento is no longer just a thought.

The center for future mobility will leverage the electric vehicle expertise, university research and policy provided in the region to further develop more clean-tech investment into the entire region.

Joining the conversation will be Marc Dörfer from PEM Motion in Germany.  He will share insights, success stories and the reasons why Greater Sacramento is ready to be the center for future mobility.

In addition to Marc, Vice Mayor Eric Guerra, City of Sacramento and Supervisor Phil Serna, California Air Quality Board along with Jay Sales, Alberto Ayana will round out the conversation discussing policy,


Eric Guerra (Vice Mayor, City of Sacramento)
Eric has served with the City of Sacramento since 2015. He has also served with the California State University Board of Trustees, Sacramento County Planning Commission and California State Legislature.

Arlen Orchard (General Manager and CEO, SMUD)
As CEO of SMUD, Arlen leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation. He also serves with the California Municipal Utilities Association, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Large Public Power Council, Valley Vision and both the American and Northwest Public Power Associations.

Roger Niello (Corporate Secretary, The Niello Company)
Roger worked as a Certified Public Accountant before joining his family’s business at Niello Auto Group in 1974. He has served with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly.

Alberto Ayala (Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District)
Alberto’s current work focuses on coordinated local policies for advancing the region towards cleaner, low-carbon air and a sustainable future. Previously, he spent 17 years with the California Air Resources Board, where he directed the state’s mobile source programs including emission standards, vehicle regulations and low-carbon transportation incentives. 

Marc Dörfer (Consultant and Project Engineer, PEM Motion)
Prior to joining PEM Motion, Marc worked for the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL). Now he advises mobility companies on prototyping and industrialization.

Dimitrios Dovas (CEO, Highlands Power)
Dimitrios is a business and technology executive who has managed multi-billion-dollar business lines in Fortune 100 companies. At Highlands Power, he’s working on developing the next generation of motors for electric vehicles.

Jay Sales (Co-Director, The Shop at VSP and Co-Founder, ATOS Labs)
Jay has been an integral part of launching VSP’s innovation lab, The Shop. He also has over 20 years of experience in technology and is currently leading a team that emphasizes design-driven disruption via technology.

Phil Serna (Sacramento County Supervisor, District 1)
In addition to his service on the Board, Phil is involved in the First 5 Sacramento Commission, Sacramento Regional Transit District, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Solid Waste Authority and more. 

Dr. Lorenzo M. Smith (Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sacramento State)
Lorenzo has authored 57 publications and secured over $5 million in external research support to advance his research in the area of mechanics of sheet metal forming.

You do not want to miss this insightful conversation.  Take this opportunity to dive into the next wave of mobility and transportation in Sacramento.  

Who Should Attend:
Greater Sacramento Community

Conversations with the Community

January 23, 2019
Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
Press Conference begins at 4:15 p.m.
Conversation begins at 4:30 p.m.

Leslie and Anita Harper Alumni Center
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 

About the Greater Sacramento Economic Council
The Greater Sacramento Economic Council is the catalyst for innovative growth strategies in the Capital Region of California. The organization spearheads community-led direction to retain, attract, grow and scale new businesses, develop advanced industries and create jobs and investment throughout a six-county region. Greater Sacramento represents a collaboration between local and state governments, market leaders, influencers and stakeholders, with the sole mission of driving economic growth. The Sacramento Region was founded on discovery, built on leadership and fueled by innovation.


Share this article:

Recent Releases

Sutter Health Park to Host A’s Baseball

Sutter Health Park to Host A’s Baseball

Today, the Sacramento Kings, majority owner of the five-time Pacific Coast League champion Sacramento River Cats, announced that Sutter Health Park will host the A’s for three MLB seasons starting in 2025 with an option for a fourth – ahead of the team’s transition to Las Vegas.