ERA Announces the 2023 Mark Motsinger White Pin Internship Recipients

April 12, 2023
Contact: Clare Kluck / Communications Director /

ERA Announces the 2023 Mark Motsinger White Pin Internship Recipients

The ERA White Pin group is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Mark Motsinger White Pin Internships:

  • Imad Hankour (University of Massachusetts-Lowell), interning at John E. Boeing Co. (JEBCO) in Nashua, N.H.
  • Dylan Phillips (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), interning at TAARCOM in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Liam Liburdi (Michigan State University), interning at C C Electro Sales, Inc., in Detroit, Mich.

This is the second year that the ERA White Pin Group and ERA National have partnered to award three internships to manufacturers’ representative firms in the East, Central and West regions of North America to help hire and onboard college students as interns during the summer or academic year.

“The ERA White Pin Group is very excited to award these internships for Summer 2023,” said Kingsland Coombs, CPMR, CSP, senior vice president at large for the ERA Executive Committee and director of the White Pin group. “Each intern is a rising college senior in engineering curriculums from prestigious universities. The interns will be tasked with basic marketing responsibilities and will also be given the opportunity to shadow account managers on customer calls, as well as attend trade shows. We hope that these interns will learn the manufacturers’ representative model, appreciate it, embrace it and join their rep firms in future employment after graduation.”

ERA launched the Mark Motsinger White Pin Internship program in 2022 as a way to help the rep community introduce the rep model to college students and attract, hire and retain young people to keep the electronics industry fresh and relevant. The program allows rising college juniors or seniors to work for a manufacturers’ representative firm over the summer months to gain a better understanding and hands-on experience of the electronic components industry.

“These interns will bring so much excitement to these ERA rep firms,” said Ellen Coan, CPMR, senior vice president of education for the ERA executive committee. “These rep owners found new talent that will spark a fire of success that will spread and grow their principal’s lines with the help of distribution and teamwork in the rep firm. These interns will shadow, learn and contribute. Congratulations to all!”

The internship program was named after Mark Motsinger, president of Wallace Electronic Sales, who served as executive director of the ERA White Pin group for more than 16 years. Motsinger helped to define the educational role of the White Pin group and helped promote the hiring and onboarding of new college graduates into our industry.

Please join ERA in congratulating all the rep companies and interns!

About ERA

The 88-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