Resilient thrive through disruption

After two years of quarantine, social distance and disruption, the electronic component industry is enthusiastic to get together again to learn about the best way to move forward

The ECIA 2022 Executive Conference will once again take place on 23 to 25 October 2022 at the Loew’s Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. This year’s conference theme—Bucking Normal, the Resilient Thrive Through Disruption—captures the mood.

Conference planning committee chair, Robert Derringer, said: “The committee resolved to develop a message indicative of where our industry is going and how we feel after these past two plus years. Blessed to have survived the pandemic—literally and in business—we tossed around the idea of ‘the new normal’ and quickly wanted to kick it to the curb.

“Credit to conference co-chair, Tobi Cornell, for suggesting the phrase ‘bucking normal’. This phrase gave the committee the kick it needed to fully engage its creative spirit and we were suddenly bouncing one bucking idea off another. Ultimately, we came to agree that what we want is to do more than survive; shift will keep happening and what we all desire is to be resilient and thrive through disruption.”

Dean Kamen, founder of the FIRST Robotics competition and inventor of dozens of innovative products including the Segway, will deliver the keynote and participate in one of the roundtables. Other highlights include roundtables on cybersecurity, ESG, economic forecasts, inspiring sessions on leadership and much more. The schedule has been posted and the latest information on the conference is available now.

ECIA CEO and president, David Loftus, said: “The industry is anxious to get together again in Chicago. Thanks to our fantastic planning committee, this conference is a golden opportunity to network with peers, learn how to address the industry’s challenges and hear the latest economic data to guide 2023 planning.”

ECIA’s Sr VP, Victor Meijers, added: “The ECIA’s mission of promoting the authorized sale of electronic components is especially important in periods of supply chain disruption such as we are now experiencing. ECIA’s component search engine,, has grown to be an essential element in a component customer’s strategy to mitigate the risk of counterfeit parts.” was created by ECIA, in collaboration with participating distributors, to support the authorized electronic components industry by giving users access to aggregated price and availability data for genuine parts from only authorized sources.

While other inventory aggregation sites may include data from sources not authorized by the manufacturer, ECIA works extensively on an ongoing basis to verify that price and availability data displayed on is only for products for which the distributors are authorized/franchised. That is why is the trusted source for searching the authorized channel for the electronic components you need. was created as a free service to purchasing professionals, design engineers and anyone in need of electronic components price and availability information from franchised distributors. Membership in ECIA is not required to participate on the site.

ECIA thanks the 2022 Conference Planning Committee: Chair Robert Derringer, Crouzet; Co-Chair Tobi Cornell, Kruvand Associates; Julie Fajardo, TDK-Lambda Americas; Bob Garcia, Ferrari Technical Sales; Scott Jones, AEM Group; Nicolle Ladouceur, Rohm Semiconductor; Todd McAtee, Mouser; Sam Read, Cornell Dubilier; Chad Van Doorninck, Abracon; Caroline Wells, Omron and Tom Wichert, TDK-Lambda Americas.