Executive Conference


The 2017 ECIA Executive Conference convenes October 22-24 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare.

Conference Overview:

The ECIA Executive Conference is the only conference where senior management teams from the electronics industry’s leading companies – representing the entire supply chain – gather to understand and address cross-enterprise challenges. Here’s where you can gain access to industry experts and knowledge, forge the relationships that can make a real difference, and learn how to remove roadblocks to success. This key conference comes just in time for 2018 strategic planning, offering macro and micro economic forecast data and an industry-specific, results-oriented program.
It’s the one conference you can’t afford to miss.
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Not the Same Old Shift

The electronic components industry is experiencing unprecedented disruption in an increasingly unstable global macroeconomy. Our industry has always had to respond to rapid change, but this isn’t the same old shift. These changes are shaking the fundamental business relationships of the global component supply chain. New players, new customer-facing technology, new go-to-market strategies threaten margins and profitability — the old ways just won’t cut it.

The ECIA 2017 Executive Conference program brings you the strategic template you need to adapt and thrive.

Starting with the economy, two returning speakers address both the big picture and our specific industry: Jim Doti of Chapman University and Nick Hawtrey, Allied Electronics. The next speakers bring a frank and focused debate on the Design Creation experience, with Dave Youngblood from Texas Instruments discussing its Digital Transformation and Rich Catizone, Morey Corp, giving a customer’s experience. The afternoon’s program delivers fresh ideas on running your business:  Judy Begehr on the Science of Humor in B2B marketing and University of Chicago Booth professor Jean-Pierre Dubé on using data analytics to transform marketing and pricing strategies.

The day concludes with a look at the changes in the automotive electronics industry component requirements from  Dr. Richard Dixon, Principal Analyst, MEMS & Sensors, IHS Markit and opportunities in public/private partnerships from Tom Alexander of 1871 and mHUB, a Chicago-based think tank.

The second day focuses on  implementing specific business strategies:  the right people, the right process and a long-term approach. Dr. Lynn Phillips of Reinventures discusses customer driven change management; Eric Eversole of Hiring Our Heroes reminds us of  this proven labor pool; James Bird Guess shares leveraging workforce diversity, and David Avrin of Visibility International concludes the conference with the most important part of any business’ success: Customer Loyalty.

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Conference Planning Committee

Blair Haas, Bud Industries is chair of the conference planning committee – assisted by the stellar team of: Ian Basey, WPG Americas; Steve Cholas, AspenCore; Bob Derringer, Crouzet NA; Bob Garcia, Ferrari Technical Sales; Bernard Gizzi, Electronic Connector Company; Kathleen Herron, PEI Genesis; Sheila Hoagland, Ecliptek Corporation; Diane Laegeler, Digi International; Dawn Lowery, Sumer Incorporated; Robert McIntosh, IEEE Global Spec; Becky McMorrow, Newark element 14; Paul Miller, Penton Media; and Chris Welch, Bear VAI Technology.

What to Expect at the Conference

The schedule is packed during the 1 ½ day conference. From hosted receptions to ample networking breaks, the conference provides ample time to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances. An event mobile app connects participants and speakers while delivering presentation materials. Hear top-rated presentations from accomplished experts and leave with broadened perspectives on industry advances and opportunities.

Sunday Evening

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. The opening reception sponsored by Carlton-Bates Company and Molex starts at 6:00 and is the ideal place to greet friends and enjoy some light refreshments. The hotel features a wonderful selection of dining and entertainment options for later – the Ashburn, located off the hotel lobby, and 2 of Chicago’s favorites right outside the front door: The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s.


Sessions start promptly and run on time so fuel up with the breakfast sponsored by Penton Design & Manufacturing. Morning and afternoon breaks sponsored by  TDK-Lambda, TDK and Allied Electronics offer a time to refuel and network – and a chance to return calls and emails. The delicious luncheon buffet is sponsored by Cornell Dubilier & IEEE GlobalSpec.  At the end of the day, unwind at the cocktail reception, hosted by Avnet.  All meals and breaks are included in the registration fee.


Power up early at breakfast, sponsored by Catalyst Sales and WPG Americas and enjoy a mid-morning break sponsored by Newark element 14. The conference runs till Noon which allows time to catch afternoon flights. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to O’Hare and the proximity of the hotel to the airport is ideal.