Paul Nielsen, CPMR, is Inducted into the ERA Hall of Fame

March 2, 2023
Contact: Clare Kluck / Communications Director /

Paul Nielsen, CPMR, is Inducted into the ERA Hall of Fame

ERA Chairman of the Board Chuck Tanzola; Paul Nielsen, CPMR; ERA Board President John O’Brien

The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) is pleased to announce that Paul Nielson, CPMR, has been inducted into the ERA Hall of Fame, announced at ERA’s 2023 Conference in Austin, Texas, on February 28, 2023.

The Hall of Fame is ERA’s most prestigious award and was established to honor an outstanding manufacturers’ representative in the electronics industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments on a national basis have enhanced the representative system of selling, aided the representative’s status as a professional business entrepreneur and contributed to the electronics industry’s marketing capabilities and general growth.

Upon receiving the award, Nielsen said, “Owning a rep firm is one of best possible that could’ve happened to me. I’ve met so many people and so many people have helped me – reps, rep friends and distributors that have been generous in working with me and my team in Illinois and Wisconsin. Thank you.”

Nielsen has been the president of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing, a manufacturers’ rep firm based out of Rolling Meadows, Ill., for 39 years. He retired in 2022. He has served in the past as ERA President and Chairman of the Board, as well as the ECIA Board of Directors. Nielsen received the Ray Hall Spirit of ERA award in 2008.

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