John Waraniak

John Waraniak

CEO at Have Blue

CEO of Have Blue, Executive Producer at Hackrod Studio MFG, SAE Fellow

John Waraniak has been in the aerospace, automotive, racing and performance industries for over 25 years with wide-ranging systems engineering experience, innovative technology insights and frontline lessons for competing and winning in today’s Automotive 5.0 transformation. John was elected an SAE Fellow in October 2019 for his significant technical achievements and mobility industry contributions in both automotive and aerospace.

John is currently CEO and co-founder of Have Blue, a proof of concept and technology demonstrator company and Executive Producer at the digital industrial firm Hackrod Studio MFG.  He most recently served  as Vice President of Vehicle Technology for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) from May 2006 to January 2021 Waraniak was responsible for helping performance aftermarket companies integrate their products with the latest advanced vehicle technologies and capitalize on new business and product-development opportunities, as well as customize-with-confidence™  by connecting aftermarket manufacturers with engineering resources, capabilities and tools to manage disruptive vehicle technologies and ensure compliance with the latest industry standards and OEM best practices.

He is an acknowledged progressive strategist, technology program leader and advocate for automaker-aftermarket-technology innovation and collaboration for advancing safety performance, electrification, connected, assisted, and automated driving, new mobility solutions, generative design and vehicle systems engineering management. He has held executive management positions at General Motors, Hughes Aircraft and Northrop and No Fear. He is chairman and founding member of the SAE Connect2Car Executive Leadership Committee, Board Advisor for the Indy Autonomous Challenge, King of the Hammers Electric Vehicle Challenge and the Carroll A. Campbell Jr., Graduate Engineering Center External Advisory Board at Clemson University.

Waraniak was an original Member of Senior Ice, Tacit and Have Blue Classified Operations and Programs to design and develop the Northrop B2 Advanced Technology Stealth Bomber from 1980-1986. Born and raised in the Motor City of Detroit, John is an avid auto industry and motocross enthusiast. He is graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois and Caltech’s Executive Engineering Management Program.

AutoBeat Live - A Conversation with John Waraniak
Thursday, January 7 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Central