From Our Members
Introducing the New Nimble ECIA
Jeff Thomson, ON Semiconductor
It has been my honor to serve on the ECIA Board since 2013, and I am delighted with the new and improved governing structure that was put in place this past year. As VP of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor, I see the value of this Association every day, and the new structure has enhanced that value by a very large multiple. When I became Chair, it was clear that the Board was not functioning optimally because there were too many people with differing agendas. It was difficult to get things done because the process for prioritizing was often chaotic. Establishing the Council level - where each constituency has a forum to discuss and decide which priorities to champion at the Board level - has resulted in a much nimbler organization.
A World of Best Practices
The GIPC and their subject matter expert groups (SMEG) work closely to identify common industry issues and work together to find solutions that benefit the electronic component supply channel. Some areas that are currently being worked on are, eliminating human touch points when providing manufacturers Certificate of Compliance, documenting best practice examples for the handling and processing of tariffs and looking ahead to the day when we manage through the removal of tariffs.
From Our Service Partners
How a great employee referral program can help you promote your employer brand
Carla Mahrt, JJM Search
It’s no secret: Employee referral programs can greatly help your organization find and hire top talent. After all, where best to find potential new employees than by tapping into current workers, who share your firm’s values and who are already helping you run a successful business? “Employee referral programs can be an effective way to hire talented people, and they can also be invaluable in the current talent acquisition environment, in which open jobs outnumber qualified candidates,” according to SHRM.
The Big Risks to Technology Growth
“Defense Against the Dark Arts” Grows in Importance
Dale Ford, Chief Analyst
After exploring the “Next Big Thing” expected to drive future growth in the electronics industry – the technology triumvirate of 5G, IoT and the Cloud – it is appropriate to consider the forces that present the most significant risks to the exciting future envisioned for technology and electronics. Success in combating the risks presented by “dark forces” around the world will require an aggressive defense and offense on multiple levels and multiple fronts ranging from corporations and governments to individual employees and consumers. To develop an effective strategy that will protect the health of the electronics industry it is necessary to identify the key areas of risk facing the global technology economy.
2019 ECIA Executive Conference Recap
Vision 2020: Leading with Clarity
The 2019 Executive Conference is in the books! Thanks to all who participated by attending, sponsoring, exhibiting or presenting.
All conference presentations are available to attendees – access them via the ECIA Event App. Video will be available soon. Click here to read a thorough recap of the sessions.
Save the dates for the 2020 event – October 25-27 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.