KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing

Electric Revolution: 2023 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | KC Convention Center

Join industry leaders at the 2023 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing as we discuss the electric vehicle industry and related sectors, as well as its impact on infrastructure, global supply chains and industrial development.



Director of Strategy and Program Management
Panasonic Energy Co., Ltd.

Ajay currently leads Panasonic Energy's expansion project in Kansas. Throughout his career, Ajay has held leadership positions in supply chain strategy and program management at global organizations including Gulfstream Aerospace, HAECO Americas, Bridgestone Aircraft Tires, and Triumph Aerospace. Before joining Panasonic, Ajay served as the Program Leader for Triumph Aerospace's Boeing contract. 

Ajay is an Aerospace Engineer, with a MBA in Aviation Finance and Operations.


Chris-Ruckman-headshotCHRIS RUCKMAN
Vice President, Energy Storage
Burns & McDonnell

With over 25 years of power generation experience, Chris leads Burns & McDonnell’s presence in the energy storage market. He oversees the development of safe, reliable, and cost-effective energy storage solutions for both utility scale and behind-the-meter applications.

Throughout his career, Chris has worked on electrical system design and analysis, protective relaying, and detailed design for new and retrofit power generation projects, microgrids, and black start facilities. He is a professional engineer in 10 states, a senior member of the IEEE, active in the Power System Relaying Committee, and has been a contributor on numerous generation standards. 

Recap: 2022 KC SmartPort Annual Industry Briefing

KC SmartPort’s 2022 Annual Industry Briefing: KC Delivers, showcased an expert panel of leaders from Port of Los Angeles, Urban Outfitters and Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. The panel addressed a crowd of more than 650 logistics, real estate and economic development professionals on April 13 in Kansas City. The event offered insight on current challenges and future opportunities within the global supply chain and how the Kansas City region delivers as a strategic logistics hub. Read the full recap

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