ERA Announces Chapters of the Year Award Recipients for 2019 Activities


March 2, 2020
Contact: Neda Simeonova / Communications Director /

ERA Announces Chapters of the Year Award Recipients for 2019 Activities

Chapter Leadership Council, Bob Evans, CPMR, President of EK Micro announced the Chapters of the Year award recipients at the 2020 ERA Conference.

At the 2020 ERA Conference, held Feb. 23-25 in Austin, Texas, the Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) announced the chapters that have been selected as Chapters of the Year award recipients for their 2019 activities. The awards are based on four categories: Education, Marketing Services, Membership/Member Services, and Special Projects.

The award recipients are as follows:

  • Education – Chicagoland-Wisconsin ERA for its member program featuring the educational session “Salesperson and Rep Firm of the Future.”
  • Marketing Services – Empire State ERA for its annual DTAM analysis report offered to members for 20 consecutive years.
  • Membership and Member Services – Southwest ERA for its numerous 2019 lunch training events held in three major cities — Dallas, Austin and Houston.
  • Special Projects – Florida-Sunshine ERA for hosting its First Annual Sunshine Chapter ERA Golf Tournament and charity event.

The judging panel consisted of ERA CEO Walter Tobin; Michael Jacobsen, President of Jacobsen Associates; Steve Cooper, President of Cover 2 Sales; Ken Bellero, President of Schaffner EMC Inc. and Sr. Vice President/Manufacturing of the ERA Board of Directors; and Craig Sanderson, VP Supplier Marketing and Product Management for Sager Electronics and Sr. Vice President/Distribution of the ERA Board of Directors.

As chair of the Chapter Leadership Council, Bob Evans, CPMR, President of EK Micro, coordinated the awards and moderated the judging panel.

Each Chapter of the Year receives a full-tuition scholarship to the COLT program that can be used in 2020 or 2021.

Stephanie Tierney, Membership Director for ERA, said: “The entries for 2019 were outstanding. We had 20 entries from nine different chapters. The level of activity and member dedication to chapter events is very impressive. Congratulations to the Chapters of the Year award recipients for 2019!”

Evans added: “Many ERA chapters submitted a host of innovative, interesting and effective events for the 2019 Chapters of the Year competition. The final choices were not easy to make. Congratulations to all the chapters that entered and especially our four finalists.”

About ERA
The 85-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