May 11–27, 2020

Mirage ◦ Chicago

Ecia 2

Sam­ple Spark 2.0 Schedule

The 2020 Spark 2.0 sched­ule is cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment. The 2019 sched­ule is pro­vid­ed below for reference.

Sunday, October 20

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Meet and Greet

Fred Bell, Jennifer Smith

Fred Bell

Fred Bell

Global Vice President, Distributon, Molex

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ECIA Reception

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spark Dinner

Monday, October 21

7:00 am – 8:00 am

ECIA Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome

Melanie Pizzey

Melanie Pizzey

Melanie Pizzey

Vice President, Global Business Operations, TTI, Inc.

Melanie Pizzey is Vice President of Global Business Operations for TTI, Inc. She is responsible for leading and coordinating the global strategy for sales and product operations, training, development and supply chain services as TTI, Inc. continues to grow and expand. She manages business operations services in the Americas, Europe and Asia along with the TTI Global Resource Center in Nepal.

Prior to this role, Melanie has served in various positions at TTI including Vice President, Global Product Operations, Vice President Product Marketing, and Director of Product Marketing. She started her career at TTI in 1986 as a Management Trainee and worked in various positions in purchasing, product management, asset management, training and supply chain.

Melanie has been involved with ECIA for over 25 years serving as the Chair for the NEDA Roundtable, the Supply Chain Council and currently is active in the Global Industry Practices Council. She earned the Distinguished Service Award from NEDA in 2004 and ECIA in 2012 and is the Chair for the Executive Conference Planning Committee in 2019.

Melanie graduated from the University of North Texas in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She served as the Chair for the Department of Management, College of Business Advisory Board at UNT from 2008 - 2012 and was recognized as the Outstanding Alumna in 2008. Melanie and her husband Dave have two children and reside in Colleyville, Texas.

8:30 am – 9:15 am

The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing

The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing

Monday, October 21 8:30 am – 9:15 am

The president and CEO of ThomasNet will share his thoughts on the challenges the industry faces such as public misconceptions, disruptive technologies, international trade and workforce issues. Using the unique data available through ThomasNet, Tony will shed light on using data effectively in your business

Tony Uphoff

Tony Uphoff

Tony Uphoff

President and CEO, Thomas

Before joining Thomas in January of 2017, Tony served as CEO of Business.com, where he led the turnaround, build out and successful sale of the company in June of 2016. Prior to Business.com, Tony was CEO of UBM TechWeb, where he led the transformation of a declining print-centric business into a fast-growing digital media, live event and marketing services powerhouse. He also served as President of VNU Media’s Entertainment Group and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, building out and expanding the brands via digital media and live events. Uphoff was the founding CEO of Internet Media company Beliefnet and served as Publisher of InformationWeek in the mid-90s, growing the brand into the largest in the history of B2B media. Uphoff also served in several key management positions at Ziff-Davis during the company’s rapid growth in the early 1990s. Tony anchors the popular weekly Thomas Index video reports and has been named “Folio Forty C-Level Visionary” by Folio Magazine, “Top Media Innovator” by Mins B2B and is regularly named in the Top 100 business media execs by B2B Magazine. Uphoff serves as a Trustee of Linfield College, sits on the board of HIMSS Media and serves a mentor at Mucker Labs.

About Thomas

Thomas provides actionable information, data, analysis and tools that align with and support today’s industrial buying process. Its solutions include the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com®, industry’s largest and most active buyer/supplier network. Through Thomas Marketing Services, the company provides full-service industrial marketing programs and website development. Thomas Product Data Solutions helps manufacturers connect with design engineers through advanced CAD/BIM and data syndication services. Thomas Insights delivers original content to help marketers and supply chain professionals inform their decision-making, through leading titles including Inbound Logistics®, Industrial Equipment News®(IEN®),Thomas Industry Updateand the Thomas Index™.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Group Discussion – Uphoff Presentation

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Innovation and Disruption

Innovation and Disruption

Monday, October 21 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

What is disruptive innovation? Examples of low-end disruptions and new market disruptions of the past and present. What are the potential disruptive innovations of the future? Will they create jobs or displace jobs or both? Do they have value to society? Blue Ocean is innovation with a process. How can you bring this process to your organization? Can you implement a Blue Ocean Shift inside your company or department? I will engage the class in a quick class exercise on innovation.

Steve Sachnoff

Steve Sachnoff

Steve Sachnoff

MBA Professor, Loyola University

Steve Sachnoff is a Consultant, Professor, and a demonstrated expert with more than 25 years years of domain knowledge in the Industrial Sector of the Semiconductor Industry. He has also started and lead two successful firms from the ground up. One was Mid-Start Technologies and quickly became the first Semiconductor Mega Rep in the Midwest, operating in 6 states. Mid-Star grew from $4 million in revenue to $65 million in revenue in 6 years. Steve successfully sold the company in 1996. As Vice President of the Industrial Business Unit at STMicroelectronics for ten years, Steve’s team achieved $300 million in revenue and a top market position in the USA dominating the Sector.

He has taught Marketing, Innovation Management, Sales, International Business, and Organizational Behavior at both the Undergraduate and MBA Levels. He also serves on advisory board of privately held firms.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Electronic Industry Components Breakdown

Electronic Industry Components Breakdown

Monday, October 21 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

This session will give a high-level overview of the various types of components that are used in today's electrical and electronic systems and controls. We will cover both on-board as well as off-board components, and provide context around how all these components work together to build the end products we all use in our daily lives. We will also cover modules and Single Board Computers and how they are playing a role in today’s designs.

Cliff Ortmeyer

Cliff Ortmeyer

Cliff Ortmeyer

Global Head of Technical Marketing and Solutions Development, Newark

Cliff Ortmeyer is the Global Head of Technical Marketing at Premier Farnell. Cliff has an electrical engineering degree and has worked in the electronics industry for 28 years in a variety of engineering and marketing management positions. He has been with Farnell for 8 years, most recently as the Global Head of Technology Product Marketing and Solutions Development. Previously, Cliff worked for STMicroelectronics and Coilcraft in positions ranging from Applications Engineering to Market and Business Development.

Cliff holds multiple patents and is an electronics enthusiast who has a passion for understanding and leveraging new technologies. His current focus is on the role of new technologies and trends and how they impact the future of developing new markets like IoT through makers and engineers alike.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Build Your Brand – Development

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Break

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Build Your Brand – Development (Continued)

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pivoting for Performance - The Future of Change

Pivoting for Performance - The Future of Change

Monday, October 21 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

How will you manage massive disruptions and steer your organization successfully into the future? In this thought-provoking session, Shawn takes aim at the challenges unique to the electronic components industry and provides key take-aways to
leverage change without sacrificing results. Shawn is one of the top 20 public speakers in the world and his work has been featured in TIME, CNN, NBC, INC and hundreds of media outlets around the world.

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn Rhodes

Shawn Rhodes

President, Shoshin Consulting

Shawn Rhodes is an international expert in dramatically improving the performance and profitability of organizations. His two degrees, international study of organizational execution on-site in more than two dozen countries and multiple combat deployments as a marine corps war correspondent prepared him for the battlefield of business. As president and founder of Shoshin Consulting, Shawn has consulted organizations ranging from fortune 100 and 500 companies to start-ups.

In 2014, Shawn was named one of the top 20 public speakers in the world by toastmasters international. In addition to his hundreds of published articles, videos, nationally-syndicated business column, podcasts and TEDx talk, Shawn and his work has been featured in Time, CNN, NBC, INC, and hundreds of media outlets around the world.

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Group Discussion – Rhodes Presentation

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spark Dinner

Tuesday, October 22

7:00 am – 8:00 am

ECIA Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Welcome Back

Melanie Pizzey

Melanie Pizzey

Melanie Pizzey

Vice President, Global Business Operations, TTI, Inc.

Melanie Pizzey is Vice President of Global Business Operations for TTI, Inc. She is responsible for leading and coordinating the global strategy for sales and product operations, training, development and supply chain services as TTI, Inc. continues to grow and expand. She manages business operations services in the Americas, Europe and Asia along with the TTI Global Resource Center in Nepal.

Prior to this role, Melanie has served in various positions at TTI including Vice President, Global Product Operations, Vice President Product Marketing, and Director of Product Marketing. She started her career at TTI in 1986 as a Management Trainee and worked in various positions in purchasing, product management, asset management, training and supply chain.

Melanie has been involved with ECIA for over 25 years serving as the Chair for the NEDA Roundtable, the Supply Chain Council and currently is active in the Global Industry Practices Council. She earned the Distinguished Service Award from NEDA in 2004 and ECIA in 2012 and is the Chair for the Executive Conference Planning Committee in 2019.

Melanie graduated from the University of North Texas in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She served as the Chair for the Department of Management, College of Business Advisory Board at UNT from 2008 - 2012 and was recognized as the Outstanding Alumna in 2008. Melanie and her husband Dave have two children and reside in Colleyville, Texas.

8:15 am – 9:15 am

How Uncomfortable Are You Willing To Be To Succeed?

How Uncomfortable Are You Willing To Be To Succeed?

Tuesday, October 22 8:15 am – 9:15 am

Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country’s foremost high- altitude mountaineer and a world renowned speaker. Ed’s motto- “climbing has to be a round trip” - espouses the importance of per- severance, going step-by-step and not getting discouraged when working toward your goal. There are “no short cuts to the top” - the key to the journey is in the time and energy invested in the prepa- ration. Get ready to be inspired to apply those lessons in your life!

Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs

Mountaineer

Washington resident Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He is familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary and in 2002, he was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer’s Club for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. In winning the award, he joined an elite group of climbers including Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1992 he was awarded the American Alpine Club Sowles Awards for his participation in two rescues on K-2.

Viesturs was born in 1959 and now lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife of 15 years, Paula, and their four children. He continues to go on adventures. On May 19th 2009 he made his 7th ascent of Everest. In January of 2011 he lead a climb of Vinson Massiff, the highest peak in Antarctica, at ‘16,066. Most recently in August, 2011 made his 208th ascent of 14,410’ Mt. Rainier.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Group Discussion – Viesturs Presentation

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Coding Diversity into Our Technology

Coding Diversity into Our Technology

Tuesday, October 22 10:30 am – 11:45 am

There is lots of evidence that a tendency toward bias is hardcoded into the human genome. In the early days of our species, such a tendency was a protective mechanism that helped improve survival rates and fostered the development of human cultures. Today, much of the environmental factors that gave rise to our bias have been tamed, if not eliminated, but with bias a part of the human operating code it remains in play all around us, underpinning many of the major stories in the news. So it is no surprise that the technology we are developing often also exhibits a bias. Without thought or general awareness, bias is being hardcoded into security systems, the AI's that we ask for recommendations, and much more. A root cause is the lack of human diversity in the tech industry, which is itself a byproduct of bias. This presentation explores the issues, uncovers threats and opportunities, and suggests solutions.

Michael Knight

Michael Knight

Michael Knight

President, TTI Semiconductor Group and Corporate Senior Vice President of Business Development, TTI Inc.

Michael Knight is President of the TTI Semiconductor Group and Corporate Senior Vice President of business development at TTI Inc, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. Michael has worked in the electronic components industry since the mid-1980s. He has held a variety of national and global leadership roles in sales, marketing, operations and general management, in both private and public companies. Prior to joining TTI, he worked for a number of electronic component distributors and manufacturers, and was a founder, President and COO of Substrate Technologies Inc., an advanced semiconductor packaging company. Knight holds several patents in the area of impedance controlled, high speed interconnect systems. He is a regular speaker at industry and supplier conferences where he covers technology trends and their ramifications for the industry, culture and commerce.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch,
Women in Electronics

Jackie Mattox

Jackie Mattox

Jackie Mattox

President, Women in Electronics

Jackie Mattox is the Founder/President of Women in Electronics headquartered in Southern California and recently accepted the role of National Distribution Director for Bivar, a leading specialty manufacturer of Enclosure Hardware, LED Indication, and LED Lighting products and solutions in Irvine, CA. Jackie started her career in the Electronics Industry during college at a small rep firm where she worked her way into the roles Sales and Distribution Manager. Jackie graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Jackie has always had a heart for people and especially for women’s issues along with a dedication to education and leadership development. She believes that being evolved enough to know your own weakness is your biggest strength. This philosophy carries over into the WE organization where leadership development starts from within. Jackie values time with her loved ones, the experience that travel brings, and her time at home in the city of beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA with her friends, family, three children, and two dogs.

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Build Your Brand – Applications

Build Your Brand – Applications

Tuesday, October 22 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

During this SPARK 2.0 session, Heather will provide participants with tips and techniques in personal marketing and networking. Participants will apply reflections and personal development goals from the SPARK 2.0 week to their LinkedIn profile and industry networking activities.

Heather Fulara

Heather Fulara

Heather Fulara

Head of Supplier Management, IP&E, Newark

Heather Fulara is the Head of Supplier Management of Interconnect, Passive, and Electromechanical Components for Newark. Her career in the electronic components industry has been focused on connecting industry-leading manufacturers to innovators through multi-channel sales and marketing programs. Heather has also held positions in marketing, sales, product management and operations within the heavy-duty automotive manufacturing industry. Heather completed her MBA from Loyola University with Dual Concentrations in International Business and Marketing and is the recipient of the 2019 Avnet Female Leader of the Year Award. She is an active member of the SPARK Development Committee and on the Board of Directors for Illinois Leadership Seminars, a youth leadership development program.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

What's Next? How to Apply What You've Learned

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

JMS Synergy

Jennifer is an independent consultant with 28 years of involvement in the global manufacturing industry. Her career includes knowledge, skill and experience in technical sales and customer support, global training and development, global change initiatives and process improvements.

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student at Benedictine University, holds a graduate degree in Organization Development and is Green Belt Six Sigma Certified. She is an active member of The National Academy of Management and The Midwest Academy of Management. She is a member of the Benedictine University Graduate Business School’s adjunct faculty, where she teaches on the topics of Organization Behavior and Organization Development.

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