Keynote Speaker Chris Barker

Chris Barker

Connected Car/Transportation Technology Consultant

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
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  • Travels From
    Arizona, USA

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Chris Barker is a Connected Car/Transportation Technology Consultant and Founder for CBC Consulting.  He is focused on advocating the role of technology in advancing the modernization of transportation and urban mobility. Chris provides business, communications and public policy consulting support to automakers, aerospace companies, suppliers, technology companies, investment firms and government organizations around the globe. Chris has provided consulting support to companies/organizations such as, AAA, Boeing, Bosch, BMW, Chrysler-Fiat, Delphi, Ford, Honeywell, Hyundai, Teradata, United States Department of Transportation, Visteon, Vulcan and more. Chris has been a transportation technology advisor for the recent USDOT/Vulcan Smart City Challenge focused on advancing smart city transportation innovation in cities across the US.

Chris has also supported the C3 Group and led the development of six major connected car conferences across the US.  In addition, Chris has been a Connected Car/Future of Mobility keynote/panel speaker at CES (Las Vegas), SXSW (Austin), RSA (San Francisco), CE Week (New York), A-Bace (Shanghai) and IAA (Frankfurt).  Chris has served as an executive board member on the Connected Car Council comprised of automotive and transportation technology leaders from across North America. Chris is also on the Board of Directors for the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) responsible for advancing improved commuter transportation options for commuters across the US.

Before starting CBC Consulting and supporting the C3 Group, Chris was a senior vice president at Waggener Edstrom Communications. He led the Waggener Edstrom Connected Car/Transportation team focused on driving effective business-focused communications in the rapidly evolving connected car and broader transportation markets. He also led business development and marketing for Waggener Edstrom’s North America operations.

Chris joined Waggener Edstrom from Honeywell Aerospace where he was the global director of communications and business development responsible for driving communications, marketing and product development across the company’s global defense, commercial and business aviation segments. Prior to joining Honeywell, Chris was a senior communications manager at Cisco Systems where he led all communications, marketing and new market development around the company’s $14B global public sector business including federal, state and local government, defense/security, education, healthcare and smart and connected cities. His previous experience includes corporate communications and executive speechwriting for the Office of the President at Boeing and press relations and issues management for US Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI).

He serves on the board of the American Marketing Association and is a four time recipient of national PR Award honors in the categories of crisis management/issues management, business campaign of the year and mid-size company PR campaign of the year.

Testimonials 3

  • I highly recommend Chris as a knowledgeable and well-connected consultant, speaker, and subject expert on projects and events where smart cities and connected and autonomous vehicles are target topics.

    Steve Crumb

    Executive Director at Global Inventures

  • Chris is a talented communications strategist and storyteller, but more than that he is a true business leader and consultant. He has the ability to see around the corner, beyond the hype and buzz of today into what will be important tomorrow. I hope our professional lives will afford us the opportunity to work together for a third time!

    Lisa Sullivan

    EVP and Director, Ketchum

  • I’m convinced that Chris Barker was born into this world with a gift for telling a GREAT story. Whether it’s part of his professional work or just in his personal interactions, his ability to grab your attention and draw you into a story is almost magical. Combined with his very strong ability to muster and master the facts of a particular situation, this innate ability to sell a point of view is pure gold for a company.

    Mark Stouse

    CEO at Proof Analytics

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