ERA Conference General Sessions

General Sessions

Listed alphabetically by title. Click on presenter name to link to speaker biography.


Stand Out from the Crowd … Out-Think, Out-Lead and Out-Sell the Competition

Connie Podesta
President and Founder of Connie Podesta Presents LLC

Connie’s do-not-miss presentation will bring out your edgy, creative, competitive side as she takes you inside the minds of today’s savvy, but super-demanding global market and delivers some powerhouse strategies that will help you increase sales, profits, good will and your customer base. Competition – watch out! Business as usual? No way! Status quo? Move over? Change? Keep it coming!


How Tariffs, China & The 2020 Election Will Impact the Economy

Dr. Robert Genetski
Economist and Investment Advisor, Founder and President of Classical Principles

Genetski will assess the major threats to the economy leading up to the election and how these threats are likely to shape the business environment and financial markets. Takeaways from the session will include business strategies for dealing with China and tariffs as well as the consequences of the 2020 election.

The Disruption of IoT: How the Forces of AI and Blockchain are Changing IoT and the New Opportunities that are Being Created

Ali Sebt
IoT Consultant

This session will provide insight into how the struggle of semiconductor companies to achieve organic growth on a holistic basis has resulted in M&As, and why the emergence of IoT was greeted with great fanfare as the “killer App” everyone was waiting for. However, before IoT was able to reach mass scale and bail out the industry, two disruptive forces — AI and Blockchain — have emerged as disruptors to IoT itself.

The Secrets to Sales Growth

Sam Richter
Founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More

In this dynamic presentation, attendees will discover: How to find information in ways that you never thought possible including existing lead lists, inside information on companies and industries, and personal information on prospects and clients; how to use social media as a powerful sales and competitive “intelligence agent,” and how to access the “Invisible Web” to find information that most think is not available online; and much more.

The Electrifying Future of Transportation

Michael Knight
President of the TTI Semiconductor Group and Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development at TTI Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary

Attendees can expect to get a glimpse into the not-so-distant future where the news, and increasingly streets, are full of electric cars which are poised to become one of the biggest drivers of the electronics component industry as their production levels eclipse that of internal combustion engines. Beyond cars, all manner of transportation is moving to electric motors. If it rolls, floats or flies, it is in the process of being electrified and this presentation will examine the state of the current industry, associated timelines and projections, the ramifications for the electronic component supply chain, and the needs and technology enablers that are driving the evolution from fossil fuel to electric powered vehicles.

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