ECIA 2018 Regional Series: Minneapolis

October 2nd - Minneapolis

The 2018 Regional Series arrives in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, October 2 at the Crown Plaza Bloomington Hotel, 5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, (952) 831-8000. [The hotel is undergoing brand renovations and will become the Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington in December.]

Who Should Attend:

Company executives and branch personnel - along with their 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 sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Presentations

5:30 pm   Presentation: State of Manufacturing [Bob Kill Presentation Enterprise MN]


Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota.

To say that times are good for Minnesota manufacturers would be an understatement. According to the tenth annual State of Manufacturing®, a comprehensive survey project sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and its partners, manufacturers have almost a surreally high level of optimism with expectations of record revenues, record profitability, record-level of investment in their companies, and increased wages. The sobering counterweight to this enthusiasm is the looming workforce shortage. Bob will share the full results and analysis of the survey.

6:00 pm  Dinner

6:30 - 7:00 pm  Presentation, IoT and Product Development [Scott Nelson Presentation]

Scott Nelson, Vice President of Product; Digi International

Scott joined Digi in October 2017 as Vice President of Product and is responsible for directing the company’s vision, strategy, and product roadmaps in collaboration with Research and Development, Sales, and Operations. Scott will discuss the IoT market – what’s new, where it’s headed and what it means for increased sales of electronic components.

7:00 pm Close

Thank you to 2018 Series Sponsors:


Digi-Key Electronics

TTI Family

Regional Event Sponsor:


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.