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23 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
October 2021 - 100 Years of the Authorized Channel
ECIA's Senior Vice President, Victor Meijers, interviews industry luminary Al Maag, about ECIA’s 100 Years of the Authorized Channel history project. This episode focuses on E-book that is being spearheaded by Maag and a team of seasoned writers and what the project entails and his charitable foundation giving back to the community.
33 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
October 2021 David Loftus hosts NAM Tax Experts
ECIA's David Loftus hosts special NAM guests Michael O’Brien, AVP Advocacy, and Christopher Netram, VP Tax and Domestic Policy. The session focuses on the impact of proposed tax increases on U.S. manufacturers, and provides tax policy perspective as well as engagement opportunities for our member companies. This podcast provides the highlights from that discussion.
30 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
August 2021 Mike Swenson
ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford interviews Mike Swenson, President of Mel Foster Company, an independent manufacturer representative. The discussion focusses on the completion of ECIA Manufacturer Representative (Mfr Rep) Council’s Business Review Best Practices research.
26 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
August 2021 Jim Kaplan
In this episode, ECIA President and CEO David Loftus speaks with Foundation President Jim Kaplan, President of Cornell-Dubilier, about the new Foundation e-learning initiative PACE, the history of the Foundation and its evolving purpose, Jim's background in the industry and much more.
27 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
June 2021 Peter Heigis
ECIA CEO David Loftus interviews Peter Heigis about the implementation of the ETL program, initiated by the ECIA Manufacturers' Rep Council.
34 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
June 2021 ECIA's Dale Ford and Cliff Waldman
ECIA's Chief Analyst Dale Ford interviews economist Cliff Waldman CEO of New World Economics and host of “Manufacturing Matters” podcast. The two discuss the broader economy and global trends that will impact growth in the electronic components industry. Cliff will be presenting at the ECIA Executive Conference in October. “Manufacturing output plummeted in the second quarter of 2020,” Waldman explained. “Then we had a surge in the last couple of quarters of that year due to massive government spending. We saw manufacturing output falter in the first quarter of 2021, which isn’t surprising because all that spending was not sustainable. The question is whether output will continue to falter because of the severe supply shortages and disruptions, or whether we will see stabilization and a resumption of growth as the demand evens out.” The fascinating discussion ranged from technology’s role as a solution to the challenges of changing global demographics, the impact of the pandemic, his recommendations for where research funding needs to be invested, and much more.
40 minutes | May 24, 2021
May 2021 Paul Dosser Interviews Dean Kamen
ECIA Foundation Executive Director Debbie Conyers joins Digi-Key Electronics’ Vice President of Business Development Paul Dosser for a thought-provoking conversation with inventor Dean Kamen. He explains in detail how his wildly successful FIRST® programs have addressed the ‘demand problem’ of lack of interest in STEM careers by engaging with students early to ignite the inventor’s spirit among young people all over the globe.
35 minutes | May 10, 2021
May 2021 Flex Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer Lynn Torrel
ECIA CEO David Loftus and Flex Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer Lynn Torrel discuss all things supply chain from the EMS industry perspective. Ms Torrel spent most of her career in the distribution industry before moving to the other side of the negotiating table just over a year ago. Her background gives her a unique perspective on the value of distribution to a global electronics manufacturing organization. In her role at FLEX she manages the supply chains of over 1000 customers, including around 16,000 suppliers and one million SKUs. The wide ranging discussion covers Ms. Torrel’s commitment to mentoring through her activities with Women in Electronics, leadership, managing through Covid, her new understanding of the deeper complexities and challenges of manufacturing, and much more.
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
April 2021 Steve Cholas, Big Zeta
In this thought provoking interview, ECIA's President and CEO David Loftus interviews Steve Cholas for a discussion of digital transformation in the component supply chain. Steve Cholas is an industry media guru who has spent his career uncovering the pain points and misalignments between component manufacturers and distributors and developing brand solutions. Currently Steve is VP Global Business with Big Zeta, a B2B provider of technical products and solutions to enable better & easier digital transformation.
34 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
March 2021 interview with Tom Runiewicz
ECIA Chief Analyst discusses the post-COVID recovery and economic trends with IHS Markit Sr. Principal Economist Tom Runiewicz. They talk about supply chain disruptions, component shortages, price pressure, global acceleration of Environment, Safety, and Government (ESG) regulation and how it all impacts the electronic component industry. It's a fascinating discussion between two data experts.
31 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
March 2021 Interview with Graham Kilshaw
Graham Kilshaw, Founder of Lectrix, the newest ECIA Service Partner (ESP), speaks with David Loftus about B2B marketing. He explains the ramifications of putting 'problem before product', a concept that has gained considerable traction especially during the pandemic. The two discuss what permanent changes will likely stick for electronic components sales and marketing and remind listeners to sign up for ECIA's webinar on the topic, "How to Build a Problem-First vs Product-First Marketing Plan for a Components company. But More Importantly... Why You Should." which occurs March 19, 2021. To register, go to www.ecianow.org
34 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
February 2021 Interview with Bob Evans
ECIA President and CEO David Loftus interviews Bob Evans, Founder and Principal of Evans Strategic Communications and creator of Cloud Wars, a unique website that ranks and analyzes the most influential tech companies. The two spend some time at 30,000 feet, pondering the big questions about current and future trends in the tech industry. It's a fascinating discussion covering Cloud Wars' Top 10, the nature of innovation, and why keeping the customer first is the most important marker of success.
38 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
December 2020 Interview of Michael Knight
ECIA President and CEO David Loftus interviews always thought-provoking Michael Knight, President TTI Semiconductor Group in this insightful discussion about the personal benefits of being an active member of ECIA, where the industry is headed post-Covid and beyond, his personal journey through the crisis, and much more.
39 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
October 2020 Dale Ford interviews Tony Uphoff, President and CEO of Thomas
ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford interviews Tony Uphoff, President and CEO of Thomas about the current state of industrial manufacturing. These two self-described 'data geeks' discuss the shape the recovery seems to be taking, Thomas' latest business Thomas Industrial Data, reshoring trends, and much more. Thomas.net logs 1.5 million sourcing events every month in the MRO and industrial market giving the company a ringside seat to see trends in near real time. This 'big picture' discussion will be enlightening to any electronic components industry executive trying to navigate through the murkiness of the current crisis.
37 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
October 2020 Carla Mahrt
ECIA's President and CEO David Loftus interviews Carla Mahrt, Founder of JJM Search, an executive recruitment firm focused on the electronics industry. In this episode of The Channel Channel podcast, the two discuss workplace disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and what skills are required to work from home successfully; what the industry needs to do to attract a more diverse workforce, the importance of mentoring and much more.
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
September 2020 Dale Ford Interviews Cliff Waldman
ECIA's Chief Analyst Dale Ford welcomes Cliff Waldman, CEO of New World Economics, for this insightful podcast on the continuing economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the manufacturing economy. The two compare notes on the most recent U.S. and global forecast data. Cliff goes through his analysis to explain why he recently has become more pessimistic than his peers. They discuss trade tensions between the U.S. and China; the need for another stimulus to address food insecurity and real hardship in the U.S.; the difficult timing of the UK/EU negotiations and the risks to the outcome post-Brexit and much more.
19 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
August 2020 Interview Monica Highfill
ECIA CEO David Loftus interviews Monica Highfill, co-founder of Women in Electronics and Vice President of Sales, Americas at Kemet. They discuss WE's robust mentoring program to support women's careers in the electronic components industry. David learns more about Monica's background and mentoring experiences, the importance of mentoring, how WE's program was developed and much more.
17 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
July 2020 Interview with Alan Ahern Independent Rep Council Chair
ECIA CEO David Loftus chats with Alan Ahern, Crowley Associates and Independent Rep Council Chair about this quarter's activities, including developing best practices for distributor training, improving the extract, transfer and load (ETL) process, Alan's company response to COVID-19 and the benefits of active engagement in ECIA.
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
July 2020 Interview with Rob Kirch, ECIA Manufacturers' Council Chair
Vishay's Rob Kirch and ECIA CEO David Loftus update the industry on the ECIA Manufacturers' Council activities during this past quarter. In spite of COVID-19, the Council has accomplished quite a bit - adding new members, expanding market share data collection, advancing the modernization of the design registration process and much more. Listen to this latest podcast to learn more about Rob on a personal and professional level, his endorsement of association work and the importance of being 'in the room where it happens.'
21 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
June 2020 with Louise Forrest, Sr Content Project Manager at Compliance & Risks
ECIA's Don Elario interviews Louise Forrest, who led the Global Regulatory Compliance team, for the last 5 years, at ECIA's newest Service Partner, Compliance & Risk. This valuable discussion covers how regulatory deadlines are impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, the new SCIP database requirements for the electronics industry; data protection regulations for the billions of connected IoT devices; how Brexit will impact the EU REACH rules and much more.
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