Title: Vice President - Product Regulatory Affairs
Toyota Motor North America
Tom Stricker is vice president of Product Regulatory Affairs for Toyota Motor North America, responsible for Toyota’s vehicle-related environmental and safety regulatory activities in the U.S., including tailpipe emissions, chemical management, fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and zero-emission vehicle regulations, as well as federal motor vehicle safety standards, vehicle crash rating programs and emerging issues around connected and autonomous vehicles.
Overseeing teams in Michigan, California and Washington, DC, Stricker covers the full spectrum of regulatory issues, including pre-regulatory research, regulation development, and regulatory compliance and audit, as well as provides technical support for Toyota's legislative affairs and media relations.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2001, Stricker served as group manager, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and as senior products associate at the American Petroleum Institute.
In October 2015, he was named the first Chairman of the Board of Auto-ISAC, Inc., a nonprofit established by the automotive industry to promote anonymous sharing of cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities within the vehicle ecosystem. In addition, Stricker currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Global Automakers and is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Stricker has been awarded the U.S. EPA’s Bronze Medal for Commendable Service, Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, and Certificate of Commendation from the US Department of Justice for his work with the EPA.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Favorite quote: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, at the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Muhammed Ali
Book that shaped my life: Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, because it was the first book that made me want to go read another book.
Car I’m driving now and favorite feature: I currently drive a Lexus IS350 F-Sport. My favorite feature is the Blind Spot Monitor. What a great safety technology!