ERA Ray Hall Spirit of ERA Award

ERA Ray Hall Spirit of ERA Award

Why and how was the award established?

This prestigious award was established in 2004 to honor ERA’s CEO of 40+ years, Ray Hall, and it is intended to recognize individual ERA members, past or present, who exemplify the spirit of ERA in advancing the professional field sales function within or beyond a company, territory, marketplace, the electronics industry, ERA and/or its affiliated organizations.

Who can submit nominations?

Any ERA chapter officer, Board or Executive Committee Member can submit one or more nominations.

Who can be nominated?

Any individual who has made significant contributions to promoting, protecting and improving the professional field sales (rep) function. Current or past membership in ERA is required. Nominees who are not selected for an award in one year can be re-nominated in subsequent years.

What are the award criteria?

“Significant contributions” can include activities on the local, national and/or international level — within or beyond a company, territory, marketplace, the electronics industries, ERA and/or its affiliated organizations. Nominees should be those who have consistently and unselfishly served and advanced the rep function.

What is the nomination process?

Nominations for 2023 are due no later than JAN. 24, 2024. Nominations are to be submitted by completing an ONLINE NOMINATION FORM.

Who will evaluate the nominations and select the award recipient?

The judges will include previous award recipients.

What does the award include?

The award recipient will be given a full scholarship to attend the 2024 ERA Conference. The scholarship is valued at more than $1,300 and covers the conference registration fee, hotel accommodations for two nights, the optional theme party and a $350 allowance for travel and transportation.

To whom should questions be directed?

Please contact Karin Derkacz at: phone: 312.419.1432; email:

Ray Hall Spirit Award Winners:

Gary Lee Smith, CPMR, (Southern California) 2022
Tom Griffin, CPMR 
(Ohio) 2021
John O’Brien, CPMR (New England) 2019
Dave Norris
(New England) 2018
Chuck Tanzola, CPMR (Empire State) 2017
Dan Parks, CPMR
(Southern California) 2016
Tom Shanahan, ERA 2015
Bob Evans, CPMR (Chicagoland-Wisconsin) 2014
Bob Walsh, CPMR (New England) 2013
Bill Herold, (Southern California) 2012
Carol Cohen, (Indiana/Kentucky) 2011
Kathie Cahill, CPMR, (Empire State) 2009
Paul Nielsen, CPMR (Chicagoland) 2008
Bruce Scoggin, CPMR (Carolinas) 2007
Mark Conley (Northern California) 2006
Mark Motsinger, CPMR (Carolinas) 2005