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Leadership Team

Jay Rogers

CEO and Co-Founder

John B. Rogers, Jr. is the CEO and co-founder of LM Industries, 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 rapid development of connected hardware by pairing advanced manufacturing with open innovation tools. LM Industries 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. Currently the Company is working on its latest creation, Olli, an urban speed, cognitive, electric, shuttle.

Rogers founded LM 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).

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.

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.

Lucas Creasy

Vice President of Engineering

Lucas Creasy leads engineering for Local Motors by LMI with over 15 years experience in designing, developing and manufacturing of products for both the commercial vehicle market as well as emerging vehicle and technology markets. Prior to joining the Local Motors team, Lucas honed his abilities in large scale

development project and program management by assembling and leading cross-functional program teams and managing high-performing engineering departments.

Lucas has successfully and rapidly introduced new products and product updates to the market, including specialty and military products, at Knapheide Manufacturing Company. Lucas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology at Western Illinois University and his Master of Business Administration at Quincy University. Lucas is currently responsible for Local Motors’ engineering team, leading project and program management activities for all product lines across the globe, including the multi-million-dollar pilot program execution of Olli, the world’s first co-created, self-driving vehicle.

General Managers

Gregory Haye

General Manager of Knoxville Microfactory - Labs Business Development

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

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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We offer a $250 monthly stipend to any LM team member that drives an EV to work every day.


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