Executive Conference

The 2017 ECIA Executive Conference convenes October 22-24 at the Loews Chicago O'Hare. Updated information and complete program schedule should be available by May.

Conference Overview:

Join the senior management teams of leading edge electronics companies for an informative, results-oriented conference. There is no other industry conference that offers an in-depth look at the industry and is geared towards education and fostering relationships throughout the supply chain network. The meeting offers personal access to industry experts, ample time to discuss important issues and critical networking opportunities.

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Conference Planning Committee

We are pleased to announce that Blair Haas, Bud Industries will chair the planning committee - assisted by the stellar team of: Ian Basey, WPG Americas; Steve Cholas, AspenCore; Bob Derringer, Crouzet NA; Bob Garcia, Ferrari Technical Sales; Bernard Gizzi, Electronic Connector Company; Kathleen Herron, PEI Genesis; Sheila Hoagland, Ecliptek Corporation; Diane Laegeler, Digi International; Dawn Lowery, Sumer Incorporated; Robert McIntosh, IEEE Global Spec; Becky McMorrow, Newark element 14; Paul Miller, Penton Media; and Chris Welch, Bear VAI Technology. Stay tuned for updates on the conference program.

Raise Your Corporate Profile: Become a 2017 Sponsor

Sponsors increase their brand visibility among the meeting attendees by providing conference amenitites and hosting sessions or events.  Through the generous support of sponsors, ECIA can deliver these high-quality events that provide networking opportunities and up-to-the-minute industry information.

Sponsors benefit from consistent and prominent recognition in print collateral, online and on site. The companies enjoy exposure on meeting advertisements, conference signage, name badge recognition and mentions during the meeting program.

There are just a few sponsorships remaining - consider hosting one of the sessions and introduce that speaker! Raise your corporate profile  and become a sponsor for 2017.  Click here, log in and review all opportunities or contact Debbie Conyers  to customize a sponsorship package that meets your budget requirements and business objectives.

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 sponsored by Carlton-Bates Company and Molex 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 2 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 sponsored by Penton Media. Morning and afternoon breaks sponsored by  TDK-Lambda, TDK and Allied Electronics offer a time to refuel and network - and a chance to return calls and emails. The delicious luncheon buffet is sponsored by Cornell Dubilier.  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 the hosted breakfast and enjoy a mid-morning break sponsored by Newark element 14. 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.