ERA Announces 2020 Conference Committee


May 15, 2019
Contact: Neda Simeonova / Communications Director /

ERA Announces 2020 Conference Committee

The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) has announced the appointment of the chair, vice chair and members of the committee tasked with the development of its 2020 Conference, scheduled Feb. 23-25, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

The chair of the committee is Mike Swenson, CPMR, of Mel Foster Company and the vice chair is Craig Anderson, CPMR, of Sumer Inc. Swenson is a returning committee member.

“It is an honor to chair the upcoming 2020 ERA Conference,” Swenson said. “This do-not-miss event brings together manufacturers’ representatives, distributors and manufacturers, and offers everyone a truly unique opportunity to learn, collaborate and network. I am confident that with the help of my fellow planning committee members we will deliver another outstanding conference program in 2020.”

To ensure the highest level of quality content, the 2020 ERA Conference Committee is made up of representatives, manufacturers and distributors.

In addition to Swenson, other returning members of the ERA 2020 Conference Committee are: Amy Hain of RFMW; Dave Foster of Sensata; Joe Braun, CPMR, of EK Micro; John Hutson, CPMR, of The MacInnis Group; John O’Brien, CPMR, of Coakley Boyd & Abbett; and Kingsland Coombs, CPMR, CSP, of Control Sales.

New members of the committee are: Greg Pace of Ohmite Manufacturing; Mark Conley of O’Donnell Associates North, Inc.; and Michael Knight of TTI Inc.

Braun and Knight will serve as co-chairs of the Keynote Committee; Conley and Foster will serve as co-chairs of the General Sessions Committee; Coombs and Hain will serve as co-chairs of the Breakout Sessions Committee; O’Brien and Pace will serve as co-chairs of the Sponsorship Committee; and Hutson will serve as Conference Advisor.

ERA staff members on the committee are: ERA CEO Walter E. Tobin, Erin Collins, conference coordinator; and Neda Simeonova, communications director.

Tobin said, “We will be returning to Austin for a fifth consecutive year to host ERA’s 51st Conference. The vibrant and high-tech venue of the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center has proven to be a great venue for our members and presenters, allowing for fantastic networking facilities coupled with the ERA’s ‘Design Your Own Conference’ university-like conference style, which features both general and breakout sessions. This great combination sets the stage for another not-to-be-missed event.

For more information or to register, visit 2020 ERA Conference.

About ERA
The 84-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