Executive Conference

Conference Overview

The ECIA Executive Conference is the only conference where senior management teams from the electronics industry's leading companies - representing the entire supply chain - gather to understand and address cross-enterprise challenges. Here's where you can gain access to industry experts and knowledge, forge the relationships that can make a real difference, and learn how to remove roadblocks to success. The Executive Conference has been a must-attend event for over 30 years - there is no other that offers an in-depth look at the electronics components industry and is as geared towards industry-specific education and fostering meaningful relationships across this section of the supply chain network. It's the one conference you can't afford to miss.

Conference Planning Committee

The planning committee was led by Conference Chair Blair Haas of Bud Industries. Committee members constructed a roster of industry and subject matter experts who will provide thought provoking sessions. Thank you to the committee: Ian Basey, WPG Americas; Sarah Eastman, Rochester Electronics; Bob Garcia, Ferrari Technical Sales; Bernard Gizzi, Electronic Connector Co.; Diane Laegeler, Digi International; Becky McMorrow, Newark element 14; Robert Tudor, Laird Technology; Chris Welch, ON Semiconductor and Caroline Wells, Omron Electronic Components.

What to Expect at the Conference

The schedule is packed during the 1 ½ day conference. From hosted receptions to ample networking breaks, the conference provides ample time to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances. An event mobile app connects participants and speakers while delivering presentation materials. Hear top-rated presentations from accomplished experts and leave with broadened perspectives on industry advances and opportunities.

Sunday Evening

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. The opening reception starts at 6:00 and is the ideal place to greet friends and enjoy some light refreshments. The hotel features a wonderful selection of dining and entertainment options for later – the Ashburn, located off the hotel lobby, and two of Chicago’s favorites right outside the front door: The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s.


Sessions start promptly and run on time so fuel up with the breakfast.  Morning and afternoon breaks and delicious luncheon buffet offer a time to refuel and network - and a chance to return calls and emails. At the end of the day, unwind at the cocktail reception.  All meals and breaks are included in the registration fee.


Power up early at breakfast and enjoy a mid-morning break. The conference runs till Noon which allows time to catch afternoon flights. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to O’Hare and the proximity of the hotel to the airport is ideal.

Attention all Attendees - Men and Women! Optional All-Industry Luncheon - Tuesday 12:30 - 2:00

Women in Electronics (WE)  invites conference attendees to learn more about the organization. Join them at McCormick & Schmicks following the conference. WE is a newly formed non-profit organization that provides women in the Electronics Industry with opportunities to network, mentor, strengthen their leadership skills, share valuable resources, and be a part of a professional, supportive, and talented community.   There is an additional fee of $75 to attend.

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