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Carl M. Cannon
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. Carl is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. He was a 2007 fellow-in-residence at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and is a published author.
Dr. Thomas A. Dingus is Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and is the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is center director of the Tier 1 Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC), which comprises a consortium of Virginia Tech/VTTI, the University of Virginia, and Morgan State University.
NTSB Acting Chairman Deborah Hersman is recognized as one of the nation's most visionary and passionate safety leaders who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation. Among her many initiatives, Acting Chairman Hersman has focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety, and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB's role as "the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry."
Hersman has been the Board Member on-scene for more than 20 major transportation accidents, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events, and regularly testifies before Congress. Her leadership has created a more transparent and accountable organization by significantly increasing the quantity and quality of NTSB information available on the agency's website, holding more public meetings to highlight safety issues, and embracing social media to communicate with stakeholders and citizens.
Mr. Thomas C. Malone has held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales of VOXX International Corporation from 2006 - present. In 2007, Mr. Malone was appointed President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation (a subsidiary of Voxx). From 1986 to 2006, Mr. Malone was Vice President of Sales for Audiovox Electronics Corporation.
Catherine McCullough works where the worlds of law, politics and media merge. She was raised in Washington, D.C. and has worked in politics and policy for over twenty years.
She provides analysis of Congress and federal agencies and explains Washington political and policy processes. Policy issues of focus include telecom/tech, internet, consumer products, connected cars, and privacy.
Catherine particularly enjoys helping clients with innovative ideas navigate Washington. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, a group of companies that want federal policy to bring the benefits of innovation at the intersection of automotive and communications technologies to consumers and promotes safety on our nation’s roads and highways.
Prior to joining DCI group, she served as a Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. While serving as a Counsel she worked with others to negotiate law for the consumer product, technology, auto, sports and insurance industries.
Her background in data privacy issues led her to a role as a negotiator on the US SAFE WEB Act, which became law in 2006, and the Committee’s identity theft prevention bill. Ms. McCullough also worked on high-profile investigations including post-Katrina oil and gas pricing, steroid use by U.S. Olympic and professional athletes, and the Jack Abramoff investigation.
Prior to her Committee service, she worked as an Associate Director of Media Relations at one of Washington’s top trade associations explaining technical legal matters to the media and Congress.
Ms. McCullough has served on panels at venues such as South by Southwest, has been published in politics and policy publications such as The Hill and CommLawBlog, and tweets at @honestlobbyist. She is an attorney and also holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science.
David Teater is the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Senior Director of Transportation Strategic Initiatives. He leads the NSC’s advocacy efforts to reduce the number of deaths and injuries associated with distracted driving. Teater’s 30-year business career has included serving as CEO of several private companies including 20 years at an automotive supplier that provided research and strategy consulting services to most auto manufacturers. He also served as a board member and investor, and helped launch a technology company developing solutions to distracted driving.
Teater joined the NSC after its call for a nationwide ban on cell phone driving. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of distracted driving and has been featured in many national publications and news broadcasts.