Network for new ideas on industry evolution

ESNA Sep13 p58 ECIA 3The Electronic Components Industry Association’s (ECIA) executive conference in October offers a chance to network with industry peers and explore fresh ideas, with plenty of face to face time

For a one and a half day meeting, the ECIA’s executive conference promises to pack in a lot of information. This year’s event, entitled Shift Happens, will take place from 27 to 29 October, at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, with the aim of bringing the industry together under one roof to discuss critical business issues, new opportunities, trends and challenges.

Delegates have the chance to network with industry peers and explore fresh ideas to enhance business. The round table seating for each session is designed to offer ample face time with colleagues, with further hosted receptions and meals providing opportunities to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances. This is described as an opportunity to learn compelling lessons from industry and business experts.

Harness media power

Industry veterans Rick Dwyer, Intel; Steve Fisher, PEI-Genesis; Ed Smith, Avnet; and Brad Whitworth, Cisco will share their first-hand experiences. Learn from these discussions on harnessing the power of the internet and its implications for electronics; developing social media applications for the industry; growing business while bucking the trend to consolidate; and becoming a driving force to meet the challenges of today’s business.

A variety of business experts will explore topics such as the success of manufacturing on-shoring; economic trends; market changes; venture capital emphasis; sales excellence; and global branding. Jack Ablin, BMO Private Bank; Frank Cutitta, Center for Global Branding; Adam Hartung, Spark Partners; Donna Kent, Tallwave; Ryan Kubacki, Holden International; and Jack Uldrich, School of Unlearning will take the stage.

In additional, a panel of web-savvy professionals will discuss key advances and solutions in digital marketing. Recognize how the internet really affects businesses and which applications are essential to capture and utilize crucial data.

New perspectives

Join the electronics industry at this event, which has been running successfully for over 25 years. Those who bring their executive team to Chicago can expect presentations from skilled experts and will leave with different perspectives on overcoming day-to-day and long-range challenges.

Detailed conference and registration information is available online. Early registration discounts are available through 4 October.  Book hotel accommodations at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare online using the group code ECA, or call direct: 847-544-5300.

Peer support

Shift Happens is organized by the Electronic Components Industry Association, an organization whose members are involved in the development of industry guidelines, EIA technical standards and unique component market statistics reports. ECIA unites all segments of the electronic components industry in these efforts, including manufacturers, authorized distributors and manufacturers representatives.

The association is a steadfast advocate for the authorized sale of electronic components and operates an exclusive inventory search site for authorized product: The site is designed to provide procurement professionals with peace of mind with a comprehensive source to locate available-to-sell authorized products.