Representor Winter 2018 - Chapter News

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Chapter News reports the local activities of the 22 chapters of ERA. The chapters sponsor educational and training workshops, local trade shows, legislative and industry projects to enhance the professionalism of individual members and to advance the goals and mission of the national association.

ERA announces 2017 COLT graduates

Seven chapter leaders graduated from this year’s Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) program. COLT is an intensive educational program that offers practical knowledge, tips and ERA insider information about effectively running a chapter.
ERA congratulates the following chapter leaders on successfully completing the COLT program:

Mark Bowers, Spirit of St. Louis Chapter
Peter Conlan, Mid-Lantic Chapter
Pat Ferry, Indiana-Kentucky Chapter
Todd Ford, CPMR, Dixie Chapter
Robert Foertsch, Metro New York Chapter
Mario Rossetti, Arizona Chapter
Bryan Teen, Carolinas Chapter

Chapter Secretary and Treasurer Mario Rossetti of English Technical Sales attended ERA’s COLT program in November 2017.

Arizona ERA is excited to have future leadership in place. Chapter membership and participation also continue to grow.

Carolinas ERA is continuing its monthly networking breakfasts through the winter. The chapter sent Bryan Teen to the 2017 COLT program. He also was nominated to serve as a director on the board in 2018.

The annual Dick Paden Memorial Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 16, was a big success with more than 100 participants. Profits will be used to fund three scholarships and make a donation to the Diabetes Association in the name of the late Dick Paden.

The chapter’s fall board of directors meeting was held in Manteo, N.C. Buzz Reynolds was nominated by the board to serve as the chapter president in 2018.

Chicagoland-Wisconsin ERA elected a new board for 2018 with Rick LaPiana of Cain-Forlaw as the new chapter president. The board also is excited to welcome two new chapter officers. Diana Nawrocki of ESA Technical Marketing and Patrick Pajor of Abbey Sales Corporation will serve as directors starting in 2018.

On Nov. 17, the chapter hosted a supply chain breakfast round table featuring an expert panel which consisted of a commodity manager from Shure Electronics, a purchasing manager from Doran Scales and a buyer from SPX Genfare.

The Dixie Chapter has new leadership with Todd Ford, CPMR, of South Atlantic Component Sales (SACS) as chapter president; James Brooks, CPMR, of SACS as vice president; Greg Gilbert of Performance Technical Sales, Inc. as VP/secretary and Amy Bailey of Wallace Electronic Sales as VP/treasurer. Ford successfully completed the 2017 COLT program.

The chapter momentum is strong and more programs are expected to come in 2018.

Julie Baker and Jim Gleason presented a check to the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge in Rochester, N.Y. on behalf of Empire Chapter of ERA.

The chapter presented a check for $1,500 to the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge in Rochester, N.Y. The money was raised from member and guest dontations at Empire ERA’s annual golf event. The chapter invited the Cancer Society to attend and present at next year’s golf event.

The chapter also hosted more than 30 people for its annual holiday luncheon in Victor, N.Y., on Dec. 8 at the Champion Hills Golf Club. Chapter and national officers spoke about the growth of ERA’s membership, promoted the ERA conference and asked for renewed volunteer efforts to help run the chapter.

Florida-Sunshine ERA has new officers in place for 2018. Pat Bamberg will be leading the chapter as the new president in 2018.

Indiana-Kentucky ERA hosted a meeting with speaker Dwight Howard, Delphi Electronics Engineering manager, on Dec. 4. The discussion covered Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Delphi Corporate structure changes.

Pat Ferry of Giesting & Associates, chapter president, successfully completed the 2017 COLT program.

Peter Conlan of Parallax South represented the Mid-Lantic chapter at COLT. Mid-Lantic ERA has new leadership and is keeping busy. The chapter’s holiday party and networking event was held on Dec. 12.

Metro New York ERA held its annual end-of-year holiday dinner and networking event on Dec. 7. More than 35 people attended the program, which featured guest speaker Robert (Bob) Wild, senior vice president of Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS).

Robert Foertsch represented the chapter at the 2017 COLT program. Foertsch shared chapter ideas with other COLT attendees and said that he expects to bring some information and plans of action back to his chapter.

On Nov. 9, Northern California ERA hosted its first-ever Electronics Industry Night Out, a social and networking event for reps, distributors, manufacturers, customers and peers.

On Nov. 7, the chapter held a table top show at Sunset Hills Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The chapter also held an educational event on Dec. 12 at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif.

The Southwestern Chapter of ERA has marked its first year as a revived chapter! The chapter is excited about its work in the industry and the attendance and enthusiasm at recent chapter events. In 2018, the chapter looks forward to hosting another Dallas event and an event in the Houston market — more details to come. The chapter also will continue to hold regular breakfast meetings in the Dallas area.

The Spirit of St. Louis Chapter of ERA sent Mark Bowers to attend the 2017 COLT program. Bowers plans to implement the new ideas generated during the COLT training in 2018 chapter programs.

The chapter also held a holiday party on Dec. 7.

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