Summer 2017 News Beat
ERA ANNOUNCES 2018 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
ERA has announced the appointment of the chair, vice chair and members of the committee tasked with developing the program of its 49th Management and Marketing Conference, scheduled Feb. 25-27, 2018, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The chair of the committee is Rick LaPiana of the Cain-Forlaw Company, and the vice chair is John Hutson, CPMR, of the MacInnis Group. Both are returning committee members.
In addition to LaPiana and Hutson, other returning members of the ERA 2018 Conference Committee are: Holly Myers, CPMR, of Wallace Electronic Sales, who chaired the 2017 event; Ken Bellero of Schaffner EMC; and Todd McAtee of Mouser Electronics, Inc.
New members of the committee are: John Beaver of GSA Optimum; David Foster of Sensata Technologies; Barbara Jorgensen of Electronics Purchasing Strategies (EPS); Dawn Lowery, CSP, of Sumer, Inc.; John O’Brien, CPMR, of Coakley, Boyd and Abbett, Inc., ERA Senior VP/Education; Bryan White, CPMR, of Catalyst Sales, Inc.; and Cindy Williams of Vicor Corp. ERA staff members on the committee are: Walter Tobin, CEO; Tess Hill, conference coordinator; Neda Simeonova, Crowd Compass coordinator; and Stephanie Tierney, sponsorship coordinator.
LaPiana says, “I am so happy to be working on the 2018 National Conference Committee. This year’s conference was incredible, and our 2018 committee is dedicated to taking another step forward to ensure a meaningful and motivating educational experience for everyone who attends. This will be a do-not-miss event.” For details about the 2018 ERA Conference, visit era.org.
INTEL TO BRING VR, AI AND OTHER HIGH TECH TO OLYMPICS
Intel Corporation reported in late June that it would become a major sponsor of the International Olympic Committee, making the chipmaker the latest technology company to put marketing dollars behind the global sporting event. IOC President Thomas Bach and Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich said Intel’s sponsorship will open up new experiences for athletes, fans and spectators in emerging areas such as virtual reality. “We’ll allow people online to feel like they are there,” Krzanich said. Intel says it will provide 5G wireless technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence platforms and drones that could be used in aerial filming or light shows during the Olympics. The Intel sponsorship deal extends through 2024.
CELL PHONE USE WILL STILL BE BANNED DURING FLIGHTS
Federal regulators have decided they will not roll back any existing restrictions on air travelers’ use of cell phones after all, according to a recent newsletter from Howe & Hutton, a Chicago law firm whose clients include many trade organizations. A rollback of the long-standing cell phone prohibitions was proposed by former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, who thought advances in in-flight communications had eliminated concerns about cell phone usage interfering with pilot radios. However, Wheeler’s successor, Ajit Pai, has withdrawn the proposal, calling it “ill-conceived” and not in the public interest.