March 8, 2022
Source: Electronics Representative Association
At the 2022 ERA Conference in Austin, Texas, ERA staff member Katherine Green was presented the 5th annual Tess Hill Award.
During her more than three decades at ERA, Green has held various roles including webmaster, web content manager, web designer, graphic designer and database manager. In her spare time, she is a ceramic artist who creates kitchen backsplash installations and custom tabletops, and runs a business designing and selling pet accessories. She was also a longtime member of a Chicago Irish band.
The award was created in 2017 to honor Tess Hill, a long-time ERA staff member. It recognizes individuals for their longevity of service to ERA, for inspiring volunteerism in its highest form and for their dedication to ERA’s educational mission.
Tess Hill, who presented the award to Green, said: “We are honored and just plain thrilled to be presenting this award to our dear friend. Kathy is ERA’s true Renaissance woman – techie, artist, musician and much more.”Hill continued: “From the launching of its first website in 1995, ERA has had only webmaster: our Kathy. From the site’s original creation, she has expertly overseen the design, management and content updating of that site, while always seeking new ways it can be more helpful to members in the entire electronics industry. She has in effect been responsible for how ERA looks to the massive online world.”
Upon accepting the award, Green said: “I am so grateful to be accepting this award, and I’m grateful to my father Ray Hall who was the ERA CEO for more than 40 years; because of him I grew up in ERA. ERA has always been my second family.
She continued: “It is so wonderful to see the new ways that ERA has come to serve its membership, especially in the past seven years with our new staff and our dynamic Walter Tobin. We have come full circle and we’re a presence in the industry.”
ERA CEO Walter E. Tobin added, “ERA is delighted to recognize Kathy with this award. To receive this prestigious award, the individual needs to possess and portray a ‘can do’ attitude while winning others over to support whatever challenges or programs are presented to him or her. Kathy has been working with ERA for her entire professional career leading us into new areas of Web innovations and social media placement. In addition, she has been a lifelong friend of Tess who has seen her grow and shine. I am so pleased to recognize Kathy with this award.”
The 87-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 era.org.