ECIA 2017 Regional Series: Minneapolis

October 3rd - Minneapolis

The 2017 Regional Series arrives in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, October 3 at the Crowne Plaza Bloomington, 5401 Green Valley Drive.  For hotel information, please call (952) 831-8000 or click this link.

"Will My Cheese Ever Stop Moving"

From Alexa to drones and robotics, it is clear that technology continues to enter and change our lives at an ever increasing pace.  Noted Google futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil calls this The Law of Accelerating Returns.  One needs to look no further than the advancement in computing from early 70’s computing to mobile technology today to understand its implications.   We are experiencing an inflection point of an even greater magnitude as technology is becoming no longer an isolated experience but instead an increasingly integrated part of our everyday lives.  Mark Blais and Dave Doherty of Digi-Key Electronics will be sharing their thoughts on these future trends and how they will shape our industry.

Who Should Attend:

Company executives and branch personnel - along with their customers and supply chain partners -should come and enjoy a hosted social hour and dinner in a relaxed environment. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity to introduce your local team to the association and area industry peers. Registration fees are $50 for ECIA/ERA members and faculty; $75 non-members. Young professionals receive a $10 discount.

Register now!

Space is limited - register today to insure you have a seat. Invite your office mates to network and learn more about the industry.


4:00 - 5:00 pm  Networking Hour (Hosted bar)

5:00 - 6:00 pm  

blaismarkd-kMark Blais, CIO, Digi-Key Electronics  

Mark joined Digi-Key in 2014 as their Chief Information Officer.  He has enjoyed a diverse career in Leadership roles within companies such as Target, Veritas, Symantec, Questar, and Lasersonics in technology epicenters like Silicon Valley.  His background leading enterprise development teams has allowed him to experience delivery in areas including 3D MRI, scientific lasers, consumer insights, graphic arts automation, data storage, and multi-channel point of sale.  He has experienced and led teams that have encompassed the driving force and rapidity of change that technology brings in both hardware and software.  Mark’s passion for our industry finds its foundation in deep roots as he was educated in electronics with a desire to engineer the future.  He has diversified his education and leadership experience while continuing to enjoy working with people who deliver the electronic technology that make a difference in how we all live.

6:00 pm  Dinner

6:30 pm: Dave Doherty, President and COO, Digi-Key Electronics

Dave_DohertyDave took the reins as President and Chief Operating Officer of Digi-Key Electronics effective July 1, 2015. With over 30 years electronics industry experience split between semiconductor manufacturing and distribution, Dave has a unique perspective on industry trends and the keys to leading a successful business.  Digi-Key is one of the fastest growing distributors of electronic components in the world and is highly ranked year after year in industry surveys. He will share insight on how to avoid getting mesmerized - or paralyzed - with technology and the need to focus on leadership as a critical process to success, regardless of a company's size.

7:00 pm Close

Thank you 2017 Series Sponsors:

Planning Committee:

ECIA thanks the following members for their guidance and assistance in planning the Regional Event:

Paul Dosser, Digi-Key Electronics; Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics; Mike Swenson, Mel Foster Company and Jason Zoubek, Stark Electronics.

Support the series:

Sponsors receive recognition in series advertisements, signage and during the event program. Sponsorship opportunities are available now- sponsor individual meetings for $1,500 or the complete series for $5,000. Click here and log in to sign up as a 2017 sponsor.