Ron Cogan, president of the Green Car Group, has been involved in the auto industry for 40 years. His extensive knowledge of this industry and keen grasp of environmental, political, and technology issues has been of value to the Green Car mission for nearly three decades. That mission includes educating consumers, the media, and the industry on the benefits of advanced and environmentally conscious vehicles. In addition to his role as editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, Cogan served on the staff of Motor Trend and was the magazine’s specialist on advanced technology vehicles. Cogan has been instrumental in producing the Green Car Summit on Capitol Hill; the Green Car Pavilion with the Washington Auto Show; Automobiles and the Environment conferences at the L.A. Auto Show; and Environmental Technology Expositions at the Society of Environmental Journalists national conferences. He has presented keynote speeches, spoken at dozens of press conferences, and oversees the highly regarded Green Car of the Year® award program with input from the nation’s major environmental and energy efficiency organizations.
Todd Kaho’s diverse automotive background spans 38 years. He provides an insider’s expertise in understanding industry and consumer trends and has focused his attention on advanced technology vehicles, forward-thinking concepts, and the future of sustainable mobility for years. Kaho has an extensive background in road testing cars and light trucks. His behind-the-wheel experience and knowledge enables analyzing trends and new products with a clear, real-world understanding of what consumers need, expect, and desire. He is a recognized expert in the area of fuel economy and high-efficiency driving techniques. Kaho’s outreach efforts have included many thousands of hours interacting with the public at major auto shows from coast-to-coast, explaining alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle options. He has overseen electric car experiential programs that have seen more than 25,000 people experience electric car ride-alongs for the first time. Additionally, Kaho has considerable experience with vehicle image programs and the automotive aftermarket.
A 41-year automotive professional, Cam Benty has served as editor-in-chief of major automotive magazines including Motor Trend and Car Craft, in addition to working with a diverse variety of hands-on technical automotive magazines, blogs, podcasts, and websites. Benty has an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the auto industry along with considerable insight into the needs, desires, and requirements of today’s new car buyers who are increasingly interested in driving vehicles exhibiting greater environmental performance. He possesses a deep understanding of vehicle engine systems and propulsion dynamics, continually expanding this knowledge by regularly test driving the latest ‘green’ vehicles powered by high efficiency powerplants running on conventional and alternative fuels, plus the new generation of electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models. Benty’s experience extends beyond vehicles themselves, with considerable time spent on programs involving the automotive aftermarket focused on vehicle accessories and systems.