ERA Conference Committee Announces Conference General Sessions Topics and Speakers


Oct. 26, 2018
Contact: Neda Simeonova / Communications Director /

ERA Conference Committee Announces the 50th Anniversary Conference General Sessions Topics and Speakers

The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) Conference Committee has announced the three General Sessions topics and speakers at the upcoming 50th Anniversary Conference, slated Feb. 24-26, 2019, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The topics and speakers were carefully selected to reflect the event theme, “Celebrate the Past, Embrace Tomorrow.”

Linda Clemons, CEO of Sisterpreneur Inc., will present “I See What You Are Thinking: The Power of Nonverbal Communication.” According to Clemons, 80 percent of communication is expressed non-verbally. Her presentation will focus on how to master nonverbal communication skills to maximize leaders’ and business owners’ effectiveness and increase sales. Clemons is an award-winning, record-setting sales producer, as well as one of the top sales trainers in the world in the resort/timeshare industry where clients have generated over two billion in sales.

Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics and chairman of the Futurist Institute will present “Our Disruptive Future Economy – An Economic, Financial, and Technology Outlook.” In his session, Schenker, will focus on how the future of the economy, markets and technology will impact people’s professional, personal and investing lives, and provide a mix of short-term economic and financial market dynamics. Schenker has been ranked one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world.

Tim Wackel, one of today’s most popular sales speakers who has mastered the ability to make information entertaining, memorable and easy to understand, will present “The Constant Client — Building Relationships your Competition Can’t Steal!” Wackel combines more than 30 years of successful sales leadership with specific client research to deliver high-impact programs that go beyond today’s best practices. His session will offer attendees a simple three-step process for building better relationships, new ways to stand out and become someone who is memorable and much more.

Terri Straube of Straube Associates, co-chair of the Conference General Sessions Sub-Committee, said, “We are delighted to introduce a vibrant, exciting and accomplished group of General Session speakers, including the highly regarded Tim Wackel, an expert in sales relationship building; Linda Clemons, an expert in understanding body language; and Jason Schenker, a highly ranked economic forecaster. We are extremely pleased to have three industry leaders in their respective fields who combined will provide sales building tools needed to maximize returns in this strong economy and build a solid foundation to excel in the future.”

Conference Committee Chair John Hutson, CPMR, of MacInnis Group, added, “I could not be more excited with the General Session speakers, and the topics that they will be presenting at our upcoming conference. Under the leadership of the General Sessions Sub-Committee Co-Chairs, Terri Straube of Straube Associates and Tom Vanderheyden of TTI Inc., their incredibly talented team identified and booked world-class experts who will be speaking on topics that I am confident everyone will find informative and rewarding in multiple ways. There are many aspects of an ERA Conference that determines the degree of its success, but the quality of the content that is shared is certainly a key to success. The content needs to be educational, practical and inspirational alike, and the sub-committee hit the mark in these areas with their docket of presenters. It is only appropriate that we have Gold Standard General Session speakers for a Golden Anniversary Conference.”

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The 83-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