Conference Schedule

5:00-7:00pm

6:00-7:00pm

Registration

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Carlton Bates Company & Molex

Monday

7:00am

Registration

7:30-8:00am

Breakfast
Sponsored by Informa

8:00-8:30am

Conference Chair: Welcome

8:30-9:15am

Phil Gallagher, Avnet: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Electronics Distribution

9:15-10:00am

Wes Odom, The Ackerman Group: International Travel Security Awareness

10:00-10:30am

Break
Sponsored by TDK & TDK Lambda

10:30-11:15am

James Ellis: Hiring and Recruiting Better (In a world without silver bullets)

11:15am-Noon

Eric Zwick, University of Chicago Booth School of Business: Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Noon-1:00pm

Lunch
Sponsored by Cornell Dubilier Electronics & IEEEGlobalSpec

1:00-2:00pm

Moderator Grant Imahara engages with a lively panel of some of the world's robotics experts: Ayanna Howard and Magnus Egerstedt, GA Tech and Dominik Boesl, KUKA.  Generation Robot: What Does the Pervasive Growth of Robots in Society Mean for the Electronic Component Industry?
Session sponsored by Mouser Electronics

2:00-2:45pm

Lesli Jennings, Wills, Towers, Watson: The Future of Work: Debunking Myths and Navigating New Realities

2:45-3:15pm

Break
Sponsored by alliantgroup

3:15-4:00pm

Rebecca Gott, IBM: Understanding Blockchain and Its Potential Impact on the Electronics Industry

4:00-5:00pm

Patricia O'Connell & Thomas Stewart: Woo, Wow & Win - Principles of Service Design; The Art of Customer Delight
Sponsored by Samtec

6:00-7:00pm

Reception
Sponsored by Avnet

Tuesday

7:00am

Registration

7:30-8:00am

Breakfast
Sponsored by Catalyst Sales & WPG Americas

8:00-8:15am

Blair Haas, Conference Chair

8:15-9:15am

Bill Bradford, ECIA: Association Update & Distinguished Service Awards

9:15-10:15am

Chuck Brooks, General Dynamics Mission Systems: The Cybersecurity Imperative | Cyber Hygiene and Responding To The Growing Threat Landscape

10:15-10:45am

Break
Sponsored by Newark element14

10:45-11:00am

ECIA North Star Award

11:00am-Noon

Evan de la Torre, Challenger, Inc.: Driving Growth by Challenging the Status Quo

Thank You Sponsors!