May 10–14, 2021

Mirage ◦ Las Vegas

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Spark 2.0 Speak­er Profiles

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Fred Bell

Global Vice President, Distributon, Molex

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Tony Uphoff

President and CEO, Thomas

Before join­ing Thomas in Jan­u­ary of 2017, Tony served as CEO of Busi​ness​.com, where he led the turn­around, build out and suc­cess­ful sale of the com­pa­ny in June of 2016. Pri­or to Busi​ness​.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 Thomas​net​.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™.

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Ed Viesturs


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.

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