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COLT 2018 slated in October-November

ERA’s Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) team will be hosting the one-hour educational webinar program for registered attendees on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The in-person meeting will be held in Chicago, Nov. 7-8, 2018, at the Double Tree Hilton O’Hare-Rosemont.

COLT is a hands-on instructional program focused on chapter management and planning tactics. The program is a vital tool in chapter planning for chapter managers, board members and anyone taking a chapter leadership role. Attendance is full this year with a large group of attendees from multiple chapters!

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The Arizona Chapter sent a survey in September to chapter members on various event logistics. The chapter also is working diligently on the next series and dates of the In Plant shows.

The Carolinas Chapter is continuing its monthly networking breakfasts throughout the fall. The chapter held an educational networking event on Sept. 10 about “The Rep of the Future.” John Mitchell, founder of Repfabric, “The Ultimate Efficiency Tool for Reps,” was the guest speaker at the event.

The Chicagoland-Wisconsin Chapter hosted its annual baseball event on Sept. 21. This year, it was the “crosstown classic” Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field. The chapter also is working on an Oct. 26 event called, “Lie to Me: The Science Behind Hidden Emotions.” Dan Seidman, CEO and founder of Got Influence will be the guest speaker.

The Dixie Chapter held a social gathering and barbecue dinner on Sept. 25. The chapter is planning to conduct a survey on future events, fundraising ideas and featured topics to better serve and engage its members.

Empire State ERA held its annual signature event on Aug. 6 at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, N.Y. The event featured a golf tournament, scholarship program and presentation by the American Cancer Society for the charitable work and donations Empire State continues to provide.

The Indiana Kentucky Chapter hosted an annual Electronic Industry Golf Outing on Aug. 10. Sixty attendees, including customers, distributors, principals and reps, participated at the event held at the Golf Club of Indiana.

The Minnesota Chapter held an evening program on Aug. 1 featuring guest speaker Michael Knight, president of TTI Semiconductor Group (TSG) and senior vice president of Corporate Business Development at TTI Inc. Knight presented “The Evolution of Homo Sapiens Into Homo Technicaeus.”

The Metro New York Chapter held a fall dinner event on “The New Tax Code and Its Implications” on Sept. 25. The event featured a dinner discussion with an accountant about the recent changes to the federal tax code.

The Northern California Chapter hosted a “lunch and learn” event on Aug. 23 featuring guest speaker Stephan Ord, a technology manager for the Flight Opportunities Program at NASA. Ord shared an overview of the program and the latest NASA technology developments.

The chapter also held a social event on Sept. 19 at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos.

The Southwest Chapter held a lunch event in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 24. The event featured guest speaker Roland Peña, vice president of economic development for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, who has nearly 30 years of experience in economic development and serves as a member of both the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The chapter’s last event of the year will be held in Houston on Nov. 9.

The Spirit of St. Louis Chapter held an annual golf tournament on Sept. 7. The event was well attended by local reps, distributors, manufacturers and customers. The chapter welcomed guest speaker ERA CEO Walter Tobin to meeting. Tobin provided some insight on future ERA National initiatives. His enthusiasm and humor were welcomed by the largest chapter audience in more than 10 years.