After beginning his career at J. Crew as a Design Director, Richard joined Nike in 1995. He worked first as a Nike Footwear Design Director and then as Global Creative Director for Sportswear. During this time, Richard worked on or led some of Nike’s most forward-thinking projects and collaborations, including the ahead-of-its-time modular design of the Zvedochka with Marc Newson, the ERP with Comme Des Garcon and the Ovolo. Richard also brought his “less-is-more” sensibility to Considered Design,
Nike’s sustainable design ethos. As part of this initiative, he designed the first Considered collection, including the Considered Boot, a shoe that was not only memorably striking, but that also a new standard of sustainable design at Nike as well as winning a IDSA Gold Award.
For the last several years, Richard has applied his design talents to the retail arena. First as Global Creative Director of Direct to Consumer Design and now as Global Vice President of Innovation Direct to Consumer, Richard has shaped some of Nike’s most significant retail concepts, such as the company’s flagship store in London’s Regent Street, Nike Harajuka in Tokyo, Kicks Lounge and the NikeLab to name a few.
Jay is helping to build a game-changing American car company. Jay is relentlessly passionate about cars and the industry which surrounds them. His rides have included a 1991 BMW 535, 1971 Mercedes 300SL, a 1996 Dodge Viper R/T10, 1994 Chevrolet 1500 with hydraulic dump-bed, a 2002 Honda Element, and now he drives a 1971 Mercedes 280SL.
Previously, John served for 6 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. Jay serves as the Chief Investment Officer and director of the RBR Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on education and healthcare. He is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar). He lives in Arizona with his wife, Susannah, and four sons, John, Charles, Houston, and Ralph.
An internationally recognized thought leader for progressive design, Shashi Caan has spent her life immersed in the considerations of design and its impact on humanity, our society and culture worldwide. Constantly seeking to integrate her work and thinking within the realms of theory, application and the resultant impacts of design, she continues to research and practice in her innovatively structured, international design firm, The SC COLLECTIVE.
Ms. Caan was a two term global President (2009-2014) and is a Fellow of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). She is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and Design Ambassador to the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). In 2013, she was named Global Advisor to the annual Shanghai Design Festival and named an Honorary Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). In 2014, she was bestowed Honorary Fellowships by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and the British Institute of Design (BID).
In addition to her role at The SC COLLECTIVE, Shashi Caan is the Design and Innovation Lead for Techmer PM. In this role, she helps promote further direct collaboration with designers and acts as a sounding board to the design community as Techmer PM expands its capabilities, developing new tools intended to translate designers’ inspiration into high performance materials.
Shashi Caan holds two masters degrees (in Architecture and Industrial Design) from New York’s Pratt Institute, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (with honors) from the Edinburgh University, in Scotland.
Dr. Craig Blue
CEO, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
Dr. Craig Blue is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state, and local governments working together to benefit the Nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of advanced composites. The nationwide Institute is sponsored by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI’s partners. IACMI is an Institute within the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a White House initiative to help U.S. manufacturers employee leading-edge technology to become more competitive.
In addition to his position as IACMI CEO, Dr. Blue remains an Advanced Manufacturing executive leader at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
During nearly 20 years of experience in conducting research in materials and manufacturing technologies, Dr. Blue has authored nearly 100 open literature publications, been awarded 15 Patents, and 10 R&D 100 Awards. He has served by invitation on numerous scientific and technical review panels, committees, and convocations convened by the National Science Foundation and National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Blue has been honored by selection as ORNL Distinguished Engineer in 2003 and as Fellow of ASM International in 2009.
John Manuck is the chairman and CEO of Techmer PM, LLC. He founded the company in Los Angeles, California, in 1981, and it is still a family business with seven manufacturing sites across the United States. His career in the plastics industry spans more than 45 years, 39 of those in color and additive masterbatch. Prior to founding Techmer PM, John held sales and manufacturing positions with Monsanto and Ampacet. In 1987 he established partnerships with Mitsui Plastics and Tokyo Printing Ink Corp. that remain active today.
John is active in college athletics, especially UCLA football and basketball, and sponsors scholarships in engineering and athletics. John and his wife Mary have residences in both California and Tennessee and have two children and four grandchildren.
John has a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union School of Engineering & Science and an MS in Management Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Managing Director, Group Sixty & Marketing Lead, Techmer PM
Darren Reinke, Managing Director of Group Sixty, is a seasoned consultant and executive coach with over 18 years of experience in marketing and strategy consulting, executive coaching, business development, corporate strategy, and project management. His specific expertise is in driving growth for clients by zeroing in on the highest return opportunities, collaborating with clients to build plans to execute on key business objectives, and driving business outcomes through coaching and project management.
Darren began his consulting career in 1997 at Accenture in San Francisco, CA. At Accenture, he engaged clients to define, develop, and implement business strategies, processes, and information systems. After his time at Accenture, Darren received his MBA from UC Berkeley focused on marketing. Since he received his MBA, Darren has worked in consulting as well as successfully launched start-ups focused on the outdoor sports vertical.
In addition to his role at Group Sixty, Darren is the Marketing Lead for Techmer PM. In this role, Darren leads all of Techmer PM's marketing efforts including the development of the marketing strategy and execution of key marketing initiatives.
Darren has a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and a MBA from UC Berkeley. He resides in San Diego with his wife and two sons.
Executive Assistant to the President & Market Engagement and Communication Lead, Techmer PM
Tori Watson holds a dual role at Techmer PM, Executive Assistant to the President, Ryan Howley, and Market Engagement and Communication Lead with Techmer PM’s commercial team. Prior to joining Techmer PM, Tori served as the Customer and Community Engagement Manager for Clayton Bank and Trust and The Clayton Foundations.
While earning her Communications degree from the University of Tennessee, Tori was a Division I collegiate soccer player, and after graduation, went on to travel the world playing professional soccer with the MH Mustangs in Denver, CO. Outside the office, you can still find Tori near a soccer field as a Color Analyst for the SEC Women’s Soccer Broadcast Network.