Zach DeVillers, CPMR, CSP, is Named the 2023 Jess Spoonts White Pin Award & Scholarship Recipient

February 29, 2024
Contact: Clare Kluck / Communications Director /

Zach DeVillers, CPMR, CSP, is Named the 2023 Jess Spoonts White Pin Award & Scholarship Recipient

The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) White Pin Group announces that Zach DeVillers, CPMR, CSP, of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing is the 2023 recipient of the Jess Spoonts ERA White Pin Scholarship Award. DeVillers will receive a $1,000 grant that can be used to fund continuing education as a professional manufacturers’ representative.

To qualify for this award, nominees must be from an ERA member rep firm; must have been involved in ERA activities and leadership roles on the local and/or national levels for a minimum of two years; and must be willing to devote significant volunteer time to ERA in the foreseeable future.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said DeVillers. “There are so many great White Pin honorees and colleagues of the industry that I admire within ERA. Over the past 12 years, being part of this organization has allowed me to share my best practices through both the national Conference and the Chicagoland-Wisconsin ERA chapter. It has been very rewarding to help bring our network of reps, manufacturers and distributors together to constantly strive to be best in class. Thank you to ERA and White Pin.”

The ERA White Pin Group was formed in 1960 and comprises member reps who have held volunteer leadership positions at the national level of ERA for at least two years and have given extraordinary amounts of time and talent to ERA. The group established the Jess Spoonts ERA White Pin Scholarship in 2006 to honor its long-time coordinator, the late E. Jess Spoonts of Dallas, Texas. Spoonts, a half-century veteran of the electronics industry, was a past president and chairman of ERA, a mentor to countless reps and other business associates, and one of only 23 members of the association’s Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2008.

Previous award recipients are:

Annette Paden (Carolinas) 2022
Mark Motsinger, CPMR (Carolinas) 2021
Greg Thompson, CPMR (Carolinas) 2019
Ellen Coan, CPMR (Indiana/Kentucky) 2018
John Hutson, CPMR (New England) 2017
Buzz Reynolds (Carolinas) 2016
Holly Myers, CPMR (Carolinas) 2015
Bruce Scoggin, CPMR (Carolinas) 2014
Jeff Huntsinger (Chicagoland-Wisconsin) 2013
Dave Dasson, CPMR, CSP (Empire State) 2012
Bob Evans, CPMR (Chicagoland) 2011
Chuck Tanzola, CPMR (Empire State) 2008
Richard A. Hobby, CPMR (Chicagoland) 2007
Chet Zaslow, CPMR (New England) 2006

About ERA

The 89-year-old Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) is the international trade organization for professional field sales companies in the global electronics industries, manufacturers who go to market through representative firms and global distributors. It is the mission of ERA to support the professional field sales function through programs and activities that educate, inform and advocate for manufacturers’ representatives, the principals they represent and the distributors who are reps’ partners in local territories. For more information about ERA, visit