Elio Motors Inc. Names Dave Schembri to Board of Directors
Elio Motors is proud of the fact that we have some of the most prominent and respected automotive leaders as part of the Elio team. Naming automotive and logistics industry veteran Dave Schembri to its Board of Directors will prove to be a valuable asset in providing additional expertise in manufacturing, marketing and operations.
A 40 -year industry veteran, Schembri is the CEO of the Active Aero Group, a global transportation logistics solutions provider headquartered in Belleville, Mich. The majority of his career was realized in various executive positions at Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. At Mercedes Benz, Dave served as both the Vice President of Sales and the Vice President of Marketing. During his tenure, Schembri was responsible for several successful product launches while the company recorded 11 consecutive record years in new vehicle sales.
Most notably, Schembri previously was the President of smart USA, a Penske Automotive Group company. He was responsible for the successful launch of smart USA (a division of Mercedes-Benz), which included establishing and maintaining a retail network, customer relations, advertising, marketing, PR, and all sales, service, and parts functions.
Schembri was born and raised in Detroit and earned both his B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Detroit.
“Dave Schembri has invaluable experience launching and managing major automotive brands in North America,” said Elio Motors founder and CEO Paul Elio. “His leadership and vision exhibited throughout his career will have many parallels to our experience with the Elio. Our vehicle and our company are reinventing the way Americans think about personal transportation and Dave will be an important asset as we bring our vision to production.”
Schembri also has held management and leadership positions for Mitsubishi North America, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen of America and American Motors Corp.
Other Elio Motors Board of Directors members include James Holden, former CEO at DaimlerChrysler; Ken Way, former CEO at Lear Corporation; Hari Iyer, CEO of Pamban Energy Systems; and, Stuart Lichter, founder and Chairman of the Board of IRG, LLC.
“It is energizing to me and to our team to have so many industry icons as Directors who understand our vision, recognize the importance of transforming the American transportation industry and passionately support our development and success,” said Elio. “We look forward to the strategic input of all our board members as we fulfill our mission of low-cost, high-mileage vehicles for American drivers.”