ECIA 2017 Regional Series: Silicon Valley

March 14th - Santa Clara

The 2017 Regional Series returns to Silicon Valley on Tuesday, March 14th at the Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Boulevard.   


Presentations tackle subjects critical to the success of this challenging marketplace and tailored to the business issues of the region. The Silicon Valley Regional Series: Autonomous Driving, Big Data and Traffic Congestion

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

5:00 - 6:00 pm   Presentations

Autonomous Driving – technological, business, and policy aspects of reinventing mobility (Sven Beiker Presentation)

Svesven-beiker_nkl4189-croppedn Beiker, PhD | Consultant | McKinsey & Company:  As the high-tech and automotive worlds merge—with four disruptive technology trends driving change—a complex ecosystem is creating new rules for success. A shift in customer preferences and the sheer size of the automotive sector have attracted new players: a potent mix of large high-tech companies and start-ups. Both differ from the automotive incumbents on virtually every level.

Dr. Beiker is a Consultant with McKinsey & Company at the Firm’s Silicon Valley Office and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He specializes in automotive innovation, particularly in automation, connectivity, electrification, and mobility services. Until 2014, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and industry to address the challenges of personal mobility. Prior, he worked at BMW with responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and product development. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering / Systems Design

Make data a key component of your growth strategy (Kevin Wholey presentation)


The electronic components industry has severely underperformed the S&P index over that last ten years. The S&P 500 grew 60.28% against our industry’s 4.98% growth. If the slow growth wasn’t enough, declining gross profits over these 10 years make it even more difficult to be optimistic about the future.  Nevertheless, a few leading component manufacturers have found the solution for revitalizing profitability by leveraging advanced analytics and dynamic pricing science to deliver optimized offers that ultimately result in a better customer buying experience.

Join Kevin Wholey, leader of the Technology and Healthcare Sales Team at PROS, for this insightful conversation about how to use algorithmic capabilities to drive incremental revenue and profit growth. Prior to joining PROS, Mr. Wholey spent 17 years at Arrow Electronics where he held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Sales for the Electronic Components Group, Vice President of Sales Arrow Zeus, Director of Marketing, General Manager Arrow Contract Manufacturing Services, Regional Proposal Manager, along with leading a number of mission critical task forces

6:00 pm  Dinner

6:30 pm Presentation

Asphyxiation by Success (Joe Butler Presentation)

Joe Butler of the UC Berkeley Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) will share insight on current traffic and mobility issues along the US-101 corridor. Business may continue to grow but is the growth and resulting congestion sustainable?

Learn about the overall challenges and solutions being explored for bay area transportation. How does it compare to innovative solutions being tested in Southern Cal with the Los Angeles Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) effort? Technology will change the landscape, discover the effect on your business.

 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:

Mark Conley - O'Donnell & Associates North; Paul Dosser, Digi-Key Electronics; John Fullem, Recht Associates; Mike Gorham, Mouser Electronics and Todd McAtee, Mouser 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.