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.

The future points to significant growth in technology in many sectors and the evening's presentations tap into what that means to our industry and the impact on  your business.

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.


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

2017-team-1816-gear-eyes-logoECIA is pleased to welcome FIRST Robotics Team 1816. The Green Machine is the oldest enduring FIRSTteam in Minnesota!  Stop by and be inspired by this energetic group of high schoolers and check out their robot.


5:00 - 6:00 pm  Presentation

smithajAJ Smith, Vice President/General Manager, EES Homes Americas, Honeywell (Smith Presentation)

As VP/GM of EES Homes Americas, AJ Smith is responsible for providing business leadership, improving the P&L, and directly managing the Homes marketing teams in the Americas.

Broadband is commonplace in many homes today and more homeowners are adding internet-connected devices to enhance their home experience.  The discussion will focus on what IoT means in the home today, where it’s headed, and the opportunities and challenges that will likely be presented along the way.  AJ will explore what the connected home industry will be looking for from electronic component suppliers as it continues to grow and expand.

6:00 pm  Dinner

6:30 - 7:00 pm  Presentation

"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.

blaismarkd-kMark Blais, CIO, Digi-Key Electronics  (Blais - Doherty Presentation)

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.

Dave_DohertyDave Doherty, President and COO, Digi-Key Electronics

Dave 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, he 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.