February 8, 2023 ECIA Newsletter


ECIA Announces New Subcommittees for 2023 Executive Conference

New Streamlined Structure for Speaker Vetting and Sponsorships

The ECIA Executive Conference Planning Committee announced it has added new subcommittees for 2023. Below are the individuals serving on the new subcommittees.

The Speaker Vetting Subcommittee members include:  

  • Robert Derringer - Crouzet (Co-Chair Subcommittee)
  • Maryellen Stack - Sager Electronics (Co-Chair Subcommittee)
  • Pam Berigan - Sager Electronics
  • Regina Denbow - Mouser Electronics
  • David Gannon - Murata Electronics
  • Joel Zaens - TDK 

The Sponsorship Subcommittee members include:

  • Bob Garcia - Ferrari Technical Sales (Co-Chair Subcommittee)
  • Sam Read - Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Co-Chair Subcommittee)
  • Doug Gilbey - Waldom Electronics
  • Tim Kilfoil - JF Kilfoil
  • John Eckart - FHS
  • Dave Norris - Norris Associates 

Read the press release.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar - ChatGPT, Midjourney, and Generative AI: How the Components Industry Can Supplement its Sales and Marketing Tactics
Thursday | February 16 | 1:00 PM Eastern | Register Today

ChatGPT, Midjourney, and other generative AI tools have gone from “What?” to “AI is taking my job!” in a matter of weeks. From blog topic generation to copywriting, graphic design, coding, music and video development, and more, these tools are now encroaching in tasks once deemed safe from automation. But once you lift the curtain of wonder and uncertainty, you become equipped with resources designed not to replace but to supplement and amplify your sales and marketing strategies.     

“With great power comes great responsibility,” and generative AI has provided many with access to an incredible array of strategic, technical, and creative power. Alongside these opportunities run risks; active lawsuits, potential Google penalties, and unexpected limitations have left many wondering if, how, and when these platforms should be used. 

ECIA Research and Analysis

ECIA offers its members insight into the industry and a variety of market trends information. Members can log into the website and visit the Stats & Insights page to access an increasing number of statistical reports. 

Some are available to the public, some to members and others are only accessible to those who participate in the survey. 

Reports include: 

  • North America Monthly IP&E Components Index – January 2023
  • North America Weekly IP&E Components Index – Week 4

Visit the stats and insights page for information on these reports.  

ECIA Foundation Kicks Off the 2023 FIRST Robotics Fundraising Campaign 

ECIA Foundation is launching the 2023 fund-raising campaign for FIRST Robotics. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based competitions that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. According to Founder Dean Kamen, a culture is defined by the qualities it celebrates. If we want more scientists to solve the challenges we face, we must transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders. FIRST Robotics competitions are designed to do just that. 

Read the full press release.

Member of the Week 


ECIA is pleased to announce Benchmark Connector Corp as ECIA’s Member of the Week. 

Benchmark Connector Corporation has a knowledgeable professional staff that can help you through all your interconnect needs. Whether it’s design, samples or competitive pricing, they are here for you. Benchmark’s philosophy is to provide superior service at competitive prices with on time deliveries. Simply put, they are “real people providing real service.” 

Benchmark has been an ECIA member for five years.

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