January 18, 2018
Source: Electronics Representatives Association
The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) Conference Committee has announced that the all-inclusive workforce of today and the near future will be the topic of a general session program at its upcoming 49th Management and Marketing Conference. The event, which is being designed on the theme of “Tools of Our Trade – Constructing a Successful Future,” runs Feb. 25-27 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas.
The guest speaker for this program segment, titled “An All-Inclusive Workforce: Finding, Training and Working with Today’s Talent,” will be Gabrielle Jenkins, a managing partner at Resource Management of Boston. Jenkins’ career spans 25 years in human resource consulting and management, including a nine-year stint in senior management with a major electronics industry distributor. She is a Certified Professional Behavior, Values and Attributes Analyst who has led programs at many institutions and organizations, including the Association for Corporate Growth, Tufts University and the Technology Capital Network at MIT.
John O’Brien, CPMR, of Coakley, Boyd and Abbett, Inc., is a member of the 2018 ERA Conference Committee and chairs the General Sessions Sub-Committee. He says, “In our committee’s research on this critical subject, we found that RM Boston can provide us with tools that our rep, manufacturer and distributor attendees can use to maximize their HR investment. This is a great fit with our conference theme, and Gaby Jenkins’ background in our industry makes her an ideal speaker on this topic.”
Further details about the ERA Conference, including sponsorship opportunities and the online registration form, are available at era.org. Registration is being capped this year at 250, and all spaces are nearly filled.
The 83-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. ERA member representative firms (often called “reps”) provide field sales services on an exclusive basis to manufacturers of related (but non-competing) products in a defined territory. For more information about ERA, visit era.org.