Summer 2017 Chapter News
COLT 2017 slated in October-November
ERA’s Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) program is scheduled to run this year in a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 24, followed by an in-person workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 – 9 in Chicago.
COLT is a training program for anyone interested in taking a leadership position in their local ERA chapter. Chapter officers, both current and future, come together for an intensive program teaching practical knowledge, tips and ERA insider information to help them meet the challenges of serving as a volunteer leader. The COLT program details how to effectively run a chapter, including hosting events, chapter bylaws, member recruitment, educational programming and more.
COLT is coordinated by Bob Evans, CPMR, president of EK Micro and chair of the Chapter Leadership Council, Stephanie Tierney, chapter management coordinator for ERA, and Walter Tobin, ERA CEO.
“The COLT program remains a vital part of ERA. Program participants share invaluable ideas, brainstorm, network and leave the program with a new sense of wisdom and energy to take back to their chapters. We are looking forward to another successful training program this year with a great group of candidates,” Tobin said.
For more information on ERA’s COLT program, visit era.org/?p=16026.
The chapter held a board meeting on June 23, 2017, and is continuing its monthly networking breakfasts throughout the summer.
CHICAGOLAND – WISCONSIN
On June 16, the chapter hosted a round table discussion featuring expert engineer panelists from Northrop/Grumman, Cambium and Shure. Tom Trecziak, chapter president, was the moderator.
The chapter also is preparing for its annual baseball outing. This year, the event will be held at a Chicago White Sox game, at Guaranteed Rate Field, on Aug. 2.
In addition, Joe Braun, CPMR, chapter board member, recently participated as a co-facilitator in the May ERA teleforum, “Time and Territory Management.”
Bob Evans, CPMR, chapter board member and chair of the Chapter Leadership Council for ERA, is currently preparing for the upcoming Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) event in the fall.
The chapter Annual Charity Golf Event will be held at Ravenwood Country Club, on Monday, Aug. 8. A signature event, Empire uses the tournament to raise money for a scholarship, facilitate a cancer charity donation, and have a day of fun with industry colleagues, customers and members of the community.
Empire installed new board members as directors who have been active in taking roles in event planning, fundraising and chapter management in 2017. The chapter thanks Audrey Mastro of IEWC and Steve Bognacki of Covalent Tech for stepping in and rolling up their sleeves to keep Empire moving forward.
Empire also thanks departing board member Scott Caliel of LD Allen for his service as vice president of programming and especially for his mentorship of the golf tournament.
FLORIDA – SUNSHINE
On June 5, the chapter hosted a rep-distributor forum. ERA CEO Walter Tobin opened the program with an ERA update. Cesare Giammarco, special consultant for ERA, followed with a presentation called, “Reps/Distributors and the Manufacturers Channel Directives-Singular Goal, Shared Challenges.” Barry Farber, president of HHP Associates, and Lisa Dietrich of Conley and Associates also presented the 2017 DTAM survey report at the event.
INDIANA – KENTUCKY
Indiana-Kentucky ERA is currently planning its annual golf tournament. The event is set for Sept. 8.
The chapter held a program on May 3. The “Technology Swap Shop” breakout presentation from the 2017 ERA Conference was presented to reps, distributors and manufacturers at the event.
The chapter also honored Norm MacInnis, who received the ERA Life Member award at the National ERA Board Meeting.
The chapter held its 2nd Annual ERA Charity Golf Outing on June 19 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, in Stony Brook, N.Y. The event concluded with dinner, prizes and awards. A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to several local organizations dedicated to improving the welfare of veterans.
The chapter held a Golf Classic on June 7 at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. The event concluded with a barbecue at David’s restaurant on the golf course.
The chapter announced the appointment of two new officers. Dave Fitzgerald, owner of WESCO Sales Group, was appointed as chapter president, and Tim Doran, CPMR, a second-generation owner of Doran Associates, was chosen as chapter vice president.
The appointment of Doran and Fitzgerald has been met with increased enthusiasm among the chapter members, especially with the involvement of the Seattle-based members. The new officers will be instrumental in moving the Pacific Northwest Chapter forward.
On June 7, the Southern California ERA held a program, “Keeping Partnerships in Harmony,” at the House of Blues, in Anaheim, Calif. Bryan Shirley moderated a rep and distributor panel discussion. The panel included Bruce Kellar of Sager Electronics, Robert Platter of Future Electronics, John Crawford of Digi-Key, George Gibbons of O’Donnell South and Dan Parks, CPMR, of West Electronics.
On June 23, the chapter held a “Cyber Security” networking lunch. The guest speaker was Jeff Shaffer, director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Shaffer joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2015 after 25 years with the U.S. Secret Service as a senior special agent and director of the top ranked Secret Service Digital Forensics Laboratory. Shaffer has worked on hundreds of forensic investigations related to cybercrime, IP theft and fraud, across numerous industries including energy, retail, banking, healthcare, telecommunications and federal/state governments.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
The chapter welcomed Marshall Strouse to its May meeting. He is currently an instructor at TechShop, a resource center including mechanical (CNC/milling machines, water jet, 3D printer), electrical, software tools, classes, etc. The TechShop resources are valuable to the rep community because reps can direct small and start-up customers to utilize this facility.