September 13, 2023, ECIA Newsletter 

Executive Conference Features Digital Marketing Session and Panel on Talent


‘Manufacturing Millennial’ Jake Hall Presents on Technology and the Workforce

ECIA’s Executive Conference schedule addresses a challenge sure to be top of mind for all attendees: the race to attract and retain talent. A session entitled ‘Digital Marketing: Technology and the Workforce’ is one of the sessions for the event which will take place October 22-24 at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Following this session, Presenter Jake Hall will lead a panel discussion on ‘Recruiting Talent to the Electronic Components Industry.’ The panel consists of individuals who participated in ECIA focus groups on the topic.

“The industry is changing,” Jake Hall writes. “Older generations are retiring from the workforce, and companies are scrambling to fill needed roles and adapt to a transforming industry. How can we better understand future generations and, more importantly, how are automation and technology going to impact the way they work?”

Read the full press release or read more about the conference. 

Fraud Alert – EDS 2024  

EDS Management has been made aware that companies who have participated at EDS in the past are being contacted by phone and email by individuals claiming to represent EDS Management regarding space at EDS, registration for EDS or booking hotel rooms for EDS. 

All registrations and space assignments for EDS are handled directly through the EDS website ( or individual communications with a member of EDS Management and all sleeping room bookings are handled through the official Mirage/Hard Rock booking link that is received when an EDS registration is confirmed. 

Ways to help spot a fraudulent email: 

  • EDS uses specific branding in all communications. If an email looks out of line with that branding, it is likely not legitimate. EDS registration also opens in phases. Look for official communications for companies with meeting space at EDS 2024 in October/November of 2023 and an email with the required registration password for Rep and Distributor registration in January of 2024
  • Check the email address domain. 
  • Examine the sender's display name. 
  • Look for misspelled words. 
  • Hover over any links or attachments and do not open links if you are suspicious.

EDS registrations, space assignments or hotel room bookings that are made with a company other than EDS Management are not valid and will not be honored. EDS is not liable for any payment made or transfer of funds to any third party fraudulently purporting to be or represent EDS. If in doubt, please contact EDS Management directly.

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.

Recent reports:

Visit the stats and insights drop down menu on our website for more information.

API vs DSS - Which is Best for You?

The API and DSS (Distributor Stock Search) tools by are active on dozens of websites and software applications across the industry. How can you decide which is best for your needs?

Let's compare the setup, features, and functionality between the API and DSS so you can make an informed decision for your business.

What Do the API and DSS Actually Do? is an industry-leading source of authorized inventory. Our electronic components search engine is invaluable for sourcing high-quality products from authorized electronic component distributors.

Both the API and DSS are tools that allow you to display authorized search results within your website or application. The product results are fast and secure, giving you and your users the valuable information, they need—when they need it.

Read the full blog post.

NAM Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations (“MFSR”)

The National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) launched Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations (“MFSR”) to address the impact of current regulations on American manufacturing. The purpose of MFSR is to encourage policymakers to unleash the power of American manufacturing by freeing job creators of overburdensome regulations. 

MFSR is asking for help identifying regulations of common concern to NAM’s members and the members of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations, to which ECIA is a member. You can anonymously submit your regulatory priorities to NAM and the MFSR Coalition HERE.

Member of the Week


ECIA is pleased to honor Ion Associates as our Member of the Week!

Ion Associates was founded in 1974 and is the largest technical sales & marketing organization in Texas for OEM electronic manufacturers. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, they exist to represent technology driven companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mexico.

Ion Associates leverages regional expertise and long standing customer relationships to help identify target customers, write business plans and drive all presales and post sales activities to meet revenue growth goals within our region.

They also offer design services to our customers and principals to facilitate customer adoption of product and technologies. Their design expertise includes RF, Analog, Power and LED lighting applications.

ECIA thanks Toby Lasley for the years of service on the ECIA rep council.

Contact Info:

Electronic Components Industry Association

310 Maxwell Road, Suite 200, Alpharetta, GA 30009