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Leadership Team

Jay Rogers

CEO and Co-Founder

John B. Rogers, Jr. is the CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles and other high-technology products in partnership with other global manufacturers. This disruptive company is redefining the development of connected hardware by pairing micro-manufacturing with co-creation. Local Motors is the first company to utilize Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), as evidenced when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014.

Rogers founded Local Motors after serving for seven years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander. He has worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., as an investment analyst at Ewing & Partners, and at a startup medical device company in the People’s Republic of China. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Director of the RBR Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on education and healthcare. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Rogers holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Justin Fishkin

Chief Strategy Officer

Justin Fishkin is Chief Strategy Officer of Local Motors, a technology company that has decentralized the development, production and commercialization of vehicles. Local Motors’ platform combines open co-creation with local micro-manufacturing to bring hardware innovations (like the world’s first 3D-printed cars) to market at unprecedented speeds.

Justin marries a lifelong dedication to sustainability and making a difference in the world with a background in finance and investing. Prior to joining Local Motors, he served as the Senior Portfolio Manager of Carbon War Room, an organization founded by Sir Richard Branson to incubate and scale profitable solutions to climate change.  He began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and later became an investor. He graduated with a degree in economics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and is a native of Washington, D.C.

Mitch Menaker

Chief Sales Officer

Mitch Menaker is the Chief Sales Officer of Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. Local Motors is a leader in the autonomous mobility solution market, developing vehicles and connected hardware products through innovatively collaborating and co-creating with the community.

Mitch brings over thirty-five years of high volume and highly visible retail sales experience to Local Motors, and spearheads the commercialization sales process for their vehicles. Mitch’s career began in Phoenix, AZ at The Biltmore Fashion Park in the early 1980’s, but it wasn’t long until he was invited to open stores at such venues as The Forum at Caesars, Disneyland, Disneyworld, and The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Retail sales under Mitch’s guidance have achieved levels as high as $2200/sq. foot per year, almost 10 times the national average.

Joining the Local Motors team was the perfect match for Mitch. His passion for automobiles is deeply rooted in his DNA. Mitch has owned and enjoyed amazing vehicles from Ferrari’s to Bentleys to Austin Healey Tri Carbs. To be able to marry his lifelong passion for vehicles with his life’s work in high volume, entertainment retail at Local Motors, is truly a dream come true.

Mitch is married to his incredible wife Jacki and has two daughters, Suzy and Holly, who reside in Phoenix and Honolulu respectively.

Matt Rivett

Executive Vice President

Matthew Rivett is a leading player and driving force in automotive innovation. Currently the Executive Vice President of Local Motors, Inc., Matthew was a critical contributor to the development and manufacturing of Olli, the first ever self-driving shuttle. In collaboration with key stakeholders to raise funds and create innovative manufacturing processes, Matthew, oversaw the opening of Local Motors first international facility and expanding the business to ensure further development of Olli. Prior to working on the Olli, Matthew produced the world’s first 3D printed vehicle called the Strati. Through his efforts in Program Management, crowd sourcing and collaborations with the Oakridge National Lab and Cincinnati Machine tools, the Strati became a reality.

Previous to his tenure at Local Motors, Matthew served as a Project Manager and Ship Superintendent for Portsmouth Naval Shipyards. He worked in this capacity on two separate occasions, managing multi-million dollar projects and organizing the repair and logistics involved in repairing and upgrading home-ported and visiting submarines. It was in this role that Matthew led a first ever water born nuclear piping repair. This was an overreaching project that required the management of a $5 million budget and collaboration between two major shipyards in New Hampshire and Washington State.

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Project Management in 2013 and several other certifications while serving in the United States Military where he held the top level DoD security clearance. He currently still serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Local Motors, Inc. where he oversees 60 professionals located across three different facilities.

Elle Shelley

Launch Forth Executive Vice President

Elle Shelley is the EVP of Launch Forth, a crowd-powered SaaS platform used by some of the world’s most renowned brands, including GE, HP, and Airbus.

As the EVP of Launch Forth, Elle leads the vision and strategy for the newly launched service and software team and is responsible for client success. She is passionate about open innovation.

A classically trained marketer, Elle spent the early parts of her career managing integrated advertising initiatives, successfully marrying digital and social media, PR and traditional advertising. She then went on to found her own marketing agency in 2012 to focus on app development, websites, brand campaigns, and social initiatives for start-ups, which merged with Local Motors in late 2013.

Well known for her signature enthusiasm and creativity, Elle spends her days, nights and weekends dreaming up marketing strategies that drive growth and accelerate co-creation. A graduate of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Elle is an iron pumping, EV-driving, yoga loving, classically trained violinist that is also fluent in Spanish. She is a firm believer in high heels, the power of open innovation and the magic of a cup of coffee.

General Managers

Gregory Haye

Knoxville General Manager and Materials and Process Development Project Manager

Greg is charged with overseeing the Local Motors Knoxville microfactory and acts as a materials and process development expert for the company. Before his employment with Local Motors, he worked as an entrepreneur and market innovator in the field of motorsports composites. Greg has experience as a marketing director for an arms manufacturer, and project manager/designer for one of Chicago’s top design houses. In these roles, Greg successfully launched new brands, product lines, e-commerce platforms, and distribution programs in highly competitive markets.

Greg currently serves on the Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation’s Technical Advisory Board and is also engaged in collaborative design programs at the University of Tennessee and Southern Illinois University. With the support of the whole Local Motors team, he has now taken on the challenge of changing the way vehicle manufacturing is done. Greg has his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Industrial Design

Phil Rayer

Phoenix General Manager

Phillip Rayer leads the Phoenix microfactory for Local Motors with 27 years of engineering and manufacturing background. He has an extensive history working in areas of aerospace, semiconductors and the automotive industry.

Rayer has managed, organized and transformed facilities through the world to produce and deliver high quality, low cost products for specialized manufacturing groups in the automotive industries. This was done using lean and Six Sigma manufacturing methodologies for high- and low-volume outputs. His international relationships have taken him all over the world to work directly with factories and developers of all skill levels. He has trained and implemented new designs, launched products and led manufacturing strategies of all scales.

Rayer has also received multiple patents. He holds a certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University and remains as learner in multiple disciplines.

David Woessner

National Harbor General Manager

David C. Woessner is the General Manager of Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD, a technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. He is responsible for operations of the educational, sales and demonstration facility located just outside of Washington D.C. proper.

Starting his career at IBM, David has worked with Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, and venture capitalist; served as Senior Advisor, for Jobs & The Economy for Mayor Duggan in the City of Detroit; was a managing principal at P3 Group’s Strategy Consulting practice; and spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in Strategy and Operations.

An expert in topics of globalization, localization and emerging technologies, David has written articles and white papers on mobility, connectivity and automotive technology hubs. David earned his MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology while serving multiple terms on the National Society of Black Engineers’ National Board of Directors. He received his BA in Physics and German from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

David enjoys playing soccer, basketball, coaching youth sports and mentoring young men. He fully embraces his German & Moroccan culture and the live, work and play model that National Harbor, MD has to offer.

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