An advisory board of members of the Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC) provides oversight and guidance for the content found on safebraking.com. Below is a list of members of the advisory board.

ADELFIO ZANAT

MANAGER, TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT

Adelfio has spent more than 30 years working in the friction material industry. He is currently working in Research and Development, while managing the Technical Department for ICER Brakes. Previously, Adelfio has been involved in product development, dynamometer and car testing. He is also the Chairman of the FEMFM Specialist Committee (Engineering).

ALEXANDRE CASARIL

CHIEF OF ENGINEERING & INNOVATION

Alexandre has a strong background in materials engineering, with a MSc and Doctorate in the area. With 13 years working as a researcher and development engineer for friction materials at Fras-le, he is currently the Chief of Engineering & Innovation. He leads R&D&I activities which are going to define the next generation of technologies and products Fras-le will offer to markets globally.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I look forward to participating on discussions of technology, regulations and standards evolution regarding braking and motion control, aiming toward the improvement of performance levels and the safety of people and assets.

ANDERSON PONTALTI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

As the managing director of Fras-le Brazil, Anderson has the responsibility of maintaining Fras-Le’s leadership in the manufacture and supply of friction products throughout its global footprint. Rising through a series of positions within Fras-Le, Anderson has focused on operational excellence in helping to build the Fras-Le reputation for excellence.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I will work to build an understanding within our industry that the cost of poor quality is greater that the implementation of the standards and technologies that will ensure our industry meets the state of the art for product safety

BRIAN P. HEARING

VP OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Brian P. Hearing currently serves as Vice President of Research and Development at BrakeAudit. Prior to BrakeAudit Dr. Hearing was co-founder of DroneShield (ASX:DRO), a manufacturer of acoustic detection systems. His career spans nearly two decades in engineering and defense companies and government agencies including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In the private sector he has worked for Raytheon and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). He earned his Doctorate and Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his Bachelors of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and was also Visiting Researcher at Swiss Federal Laboratories (ETH Zurich). He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal and two National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citations.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

First, we’d like to explore the possibility of working with other council members on mutually beneficial data collection opportunities. We’d also like to explore data and idea exchanges with recognized leaders in the field. I am sure there will be networking opportunities than can benefit all parties, and joining GBSC will give BrakeAudit additional credibility and prestige. Finally, joining GBSC will give BrakeAudit additional exposure to a worldwide audience.

CARLOS AGUDELO

DIRECTOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Carlos is Director of Advanced Technology Development for LINK Engineering. He is Chairman of the SAE Brake Dynamometer and the SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committees, and Vice-Chairman of the SAE Brake Lining Standards Committee. He is active (Chairman or member) on SAE, ISO, and UNECE/GRPE/PMP Committees and task forces.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

My active membership on the Council would allow me to align better internal (LINK) projects and industry initiatives (like SAE and ISO standards development) with input from the GBSC. This alignment would be in both directions, providing the GBSC with input and initiatives with broader perspective coming from the industry as well.

CESAR FERREIRA

CHIEF ENGINEER

Cesar Ferreira brings 20 years of history in the development of foundation brake systems, originally within Mercedes Benz’s Commercial Vehicle group, and more recently as the Chief Engineer for all of friction and foundation offerings from Fras-Le.  Cesar has been hands on in design and development of brake system solutions throughout his career, including the original implementation of anti-lock brake technologies for Commercial Vehicles, and is now responsible for development of Fras-Le’s friction solutions world-wide.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I plan to develop and participate within a series of dialogues between our members that will help define the brake friction technologies we need to increase the safe performance of our industry’s products.

CHUCK GREENING

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Chuck Greening is president of Greening Associates, Inc./Greening Testing Laboratories, Inc., an independent testing facility and test system manufacturing and consulting firm. Chuck has over 35 years testing experience in the areas of brakes, transmissions, and friction materials.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

When it comes to brakes, safety is paramount. I am interested in developing objective, vehicle relevant standards for replacement brake components, assuring the end-user that the service parts installed on their car or truck meet minimum performance requirements in keeping with those demanded of the original vehicle manufacturer.

ERIC ROSZMAN

VICE PRESIDENT

Eric Roszman is the Vice President of R&D North America for Akebono, part of the Akebono Brake Company Ltd. Having been part of the Akebono team for 20 years, Eric has hands-on experience in the end-to-end development of entire brake systems for Akebono’s OE partners, as well as leading Akebono’s N.A. Foundation Brake and Friction Development teams.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To influence both manufacturers and regulators in establishing basic levels of performance for brake products via the identification of existing product shortcomings, preventing the potential compromise of brake function and safety.

FRANK OLIVETO

VP OF SALES & MARKETING

Frank’s impressive career covers 40 years of automotive experience in both OE and the aftermarket, with 37 years related to the brake industry.  In 2012 he became VP of Sales & Marketing for the UTIL Group America. Frank is a former Chairman of the Brake Manufacturers council, the Friction Materials  Standards Institute, as well as a current FMSI board member and President of FMSI. Oliveto has held other key executive positions in the brake industry such as Former Vice President of Sales for ADVICS North America and Director of Sales for HAYES Lemmerz Brakes and Powertrain groups.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I have been an advocate of safety and the environment while working on zero copper brakes as past Chairman of the BMC (including a White house visit on fighting counterfeit auto parts). OE auto makers are developing new brake systems focusing on safer and improved brake performance. These standards include brake pad corrosion. The North American aftermarket has become the wild west with no published standards reflecting the OE brake pad it is replacing other than the FMSI number indicating application. My concerns in the aftermarket brake environment include the lack of simple regulations in regard to stopping distance, banning the use of hazardous materials such as lead and asbestos, and inferior steel used to produce backing plates and hardware which may effect corrosion. Without regulation, we will continue to see the safety gap and brake performance widen as the soccer Mom/Dad unknowingly replace a well performing original equipment brake pad on the family SUV with an inferior aftermarket brake pad. It is important to educate and promote safety on replacement brake pads as we need to know what is in that box the soccer Mom /Dad is buying.

IAN B. CURRINS

ENGINEER

11 years work experience in brake pad and caliper engineering, specially focusing on brake pad production process, formulation and raw material development, brake pad and caliper validation.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To raise global awareness of the importance of brake safety and access suitable testing criteria is used and followed.

IAN FEATHERSTONE

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Ian’s long history of accomplishments in the brake industry cover the entire range of automotive brake products and assignments in both Europe and North American, beginning with Commercial Vehicle applications in Great Britain. Today, as the Director for Research and Development for TMD AM, he oversees the ongoing evolution of TMD’s global portfolio of Aftermarket brake products, with the responsibility of developing products that meet the demanding levels of performance and safety needed for success in all of TMD’s world-wide markets.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

In a constantly evolving automotive market it is our job as friction experts to give end users products which meet the highest standards of safety and environmental regulations. We should strive to drive those standards/regulations upwards to deter products reaching end users, which are not fit for purpose or worse still, are a danger to the general road going public. It should be our aim/duty as industry leaders to insist on legislation that promotes best practise and consistent product control.

JACK CARNEY

VICE PRESIDENT

As Vice President of Thomas P Carney Inc. General Contractors, Jack has been instrumental in a long term growth strategy that has seen the company grow from $500,000 projects to projects between $50 and $200 million. The company recently celebrated its 60 year anniversary and is making plans for the next 40 years with the intent of celebrating a 100 year anniversary.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To raise global awareness of the importance of brake safety.

JAMES HALL

HEAD OF ENGINEERING

James Hall is Head of Engineering for Bremsen Technik Group, a UK headquartered company with subsidiaries in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. His 10 year career in the braking industry includes experience in motorsport, commercial vehicle, passenger vehicle and even bicycle applications. In his current position, James oversees the product development, engineering and quality control of Bremsen Technik Group’s diverse range of brake and friction products and services.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

Globalisation of the marketplace, coupled with ever increasing pressure to shift to low-cost manufacturing centres emphasises the requirement for increased and consistent controls in what is fundamentally a safety critical industry. With a combined approach, the GBSC and its members should be striving to educate and advise legislative bodies on requirements for change and global alignment in order to further restrict the ability of poor quality and in some cases fraudulent manufacturers to deliver an unsafe product through to the consumer.

JASON JANSSEN

GENERAL MANAGER

Jason has served the aftermarket brake industry for the past 11 years in various roles in sales, operations, and management. He currently holds the position of General Manager at ABS Friction, a Canadian based, premium brake pad manufacturer.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I believe in the message and the goals of the Global Brake Safety Council and want to be a part of achieving them.  It is my hope that the GBSC will continue to gain influence in the aftermarket and that the industry can be returned to some form of normalcy. I want to see the consumer not needing to be educated about the product on their car to be safe, but the industry taking the steps necessary to ensure it’s impossible to replace a component with another that is not safe.

JOEL BURROWS

SR. VICE PRESIDENT OF TRAINING/RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Joel has spent the last 31 years with Precision Tune Auto Care designing training and service procedure programs, as well as performing equipment and component research and development. Joel is an application specialist and works hands-on with vehicle braking systems and advanced diagnostics in all automotive areas, and has worked with the Motorist Assurance Program to first develop the Uniform Inspection Communication Standards.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I plan to work with the GBSC to raise global awareness on the importance of brake product quality and service procedures that meet or exceed existing OEM standards for braking performance, and create an industry-wide mandate for the use of existing OEM standards, establishing the highest level of brake safety.

JOHN BENNETT

MANAGING DIRECTOR

John is Managing Director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Detroit, Inc (TSSD),part the Trelleborg Group. Trelleborg is a global industrial group offering leading-edge expertise in polymer technology combined with advanced industrial know-how regarding functional solutions and systems meeting customer requirements.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

Being part of a company that values and is focused on product quality and safety I have a personal responsibility to do my best to support this initiative across the industries to whom we do business.

LARRY PAVEY

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Larry has spent his entire career in the automotive aftermarket. He actually began working for a jobber part time, while attending high school and then a warehouse distributor while attending college. Larry then joined Walker Manufacturing, in the jack division working in sales and after getting “promoted” to the exhaust division progressed through the company in various sales management positions in several different markets. After spending six years with Walker Larry joined Echlin’s newly formed BWD division as the Midwest regional sales manager and later served as the Vice President of marketing for Borg Warner, Niehoff, and Whitaker brands. After Echlin acquired the assets of Raybestos Brakes in 1985 Larry moved over to the brake business and served in a variety of positions including V.P. of sales and marketing, general manager of aftermarket distribution and remanufacturing, and finally was named president of the Echlin’s Brake Parts Inc. in 1990. With Larry at the helm, Echlin’s brake business made more than 20 acquisitions becoming the largest brake supplier in the aftermarket. In 1997 Larry was named President of Echlin’s North American Operations with responsibility for all aftermarket businesses. The following year Echlin was purchased by Dana Corporation and Larry became the President of Dana’s Under Vehicle Group where he served for the next six years with responsibility for the company’s $1.5B global under-vehicle businesses.
After retiring from Dana Corporation Larry moved back to the distribution side of the businesses joining a former client, Federated Auto Parts. Federated is a marketing group representing 60 WD members serving over 3,000 stores nationwide.
Today Larry continues to serve as the President of the Federated Group and also as CEO of The Automotive Parts Services Group, a joint venture between Pronto and Federated. He is active in a number of industry associations and serves on several boards of directors. Through the years Larry has been active in many industry associations and currently serves on the AWDA Board of Governors, Auto Care Government Affairs Committee, and is a Trustee of The University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

I encourage all braking professionals to join the GBSC because it can open doors you didn’t even know existed. There are always opportunities, but becoming a member of the GBSC shouldn’t be about what the GBSC can do for you, most of the opportunities come when you start thinking about what you can do for it. I look forward to collaborating with our members in moving forward with initiatives to further braking safety around the world.

MARK LAVELLE

OEM SPECIALIST

Of his 20 year career in automotive industry, Mark has spent the last 11 years focused on the braking industry, focused primarily on the O.E. sector. Mark has committed himself to ensuring that aftermarket brakes meet the safety standards mandated by the Original equipment manufacturers.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To raise global awareness of the importance of brake safety.

RICK JAMIESON

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Rick is the CEO or “Chief Energizing Officer” of ABS Friction, a company he co-founded in 1995. Guelph-based ABS Friction, a Canadian owned and operated family business is a leader in the automotive replacement industry, currently supplying to over 20 unique markets around the world.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

As a manufacturer I have a responsibility. I am accountable to my customers to make the safest and most environmentally friendly products possible.

SCOTT LAMBERT

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Scott has spent the last 12 years focused on the braking industry, specifically at the original equipment level.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To expose and correct the ever-increasing gap between the OE industry and the Aftermarket suppliers who emulate those products.

TAMER ZAKHARY

PRODUCT MANAGER

With 15 years in the automotive business and the last 12 years in the braking industry, I bring experience from the installer level all the way to the manufacturing of brake pads.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To help improve and set standards that will ensure that all aspects of a brake pads are designed with safety in mind.

TROY HYLTON

ENGINEERING DIRECTOR

Troy has spent 23 years in the automotive braking industry. He has focused on both aftermarket and OE brake product lines. He has been heavily involved in the development of NRS and Fineblank Plus technologies.

WHY I AM IN THE GBSC?

To ensure that the research being developed is properly analyzed before being presented to market.