Sep 15

Toyota North America CEO, Jim Lentz, to Speak Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Austin Economic Club

continues its

2015 Distinguished Lecture Series


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James E. Lentz

Chief Executive Officer – Toyota North America

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Mr. Lentz will be interviewed by special guest host Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief & CEO of The Texas Smith, Evan-Texas Tribune2aTribune

Toyota in Texas

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 1st, 2015

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Sponsors & Host Reception

                                                The Austin Club – 110 E. 9th Street Austin, Texas

Mr. Jim Lentz oversees all of Toyota’s North American affiliate companies, including Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America.

Named “Industry Leader of the Year” in 2014 by the Automotive Hall of Fame, “Marketer of the Year” by Advertising Age in 2006, and an Automotive News “All Star” in 2007, Mr. Lentz is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU), his alma mater.

Lentz is spearheading:

  • Toyota North America’s construction of its first-ever North American headquarters in Plano, TX, relocating employees from several locations, including California, Kentucky and New York.
  • Toyota’s headquarters, which will total over 2 million square feet in seven buildings on a 100 acre site, will house 4,000 team members.
  • In addition, Toyota is also expanding its San Antonio truck plant to keep up with tremendous demand for its all-new Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Tundra by adding 275 jobs to its current total of 3,000 team members.
  • Last month, Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus opened its first dealership in the Austin area, Lexus of Lakeway, which employs approximately 60 people.

Join us to hear Mr. Lentz’s take on Toyota’s future plans in Texas, the company’s outlook on the U.S. economy and auto market, and the future of mobility.

As a “Special Bonus” the new Texas-built Toyota Tacoma, along with the Tundra and the Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle will be on display.

  • eventbritePURCHASE TICKETS HERE, or click the Event Brite button to the right.
  • For questions or more information, contact the Austin Economic Club for reservations at 512-814-0359.


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