Representor Spring 2021 - Feature Article

2021 ERA Virtual Conference Recap

With more than 800 attendees, 112 sponsors and 57 exhibitors, the 2021 ERA Virtual Conference was a record-breaking event.

The three-day conference brought together electronics reps, manufacturers and distributors who connected virtually to learn from industry experts and thought leaders.

Despite the virtual format, the 2021 conference delivered informative educational topics and a variety of networking opportunities.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, conference attendees had a chance to experience a dynamic virtual exhibit hall where 57 organizations comprising reps, manufacturers, distributors and service providers showcased their products, capabilities and expertise.

Robust Archive

New this year, all educational sessions were recorded and available to be viewed on-demand on the virtual conference platform at

Registered conference attendees will have access to all educational sessions through March 2022, so don’t miss the opportunity to revisit some of these informative sessions.


Several awards were presented during the conference. ERA posthumously honored Paul Andrews, TTI CEO, with ERA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his tremendous contributions to the industry. Andrews, who passed unexpectedly on Feb. 27, had been notified of the ERA’s intent to present the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual virtual event. Andrews had pre-recorded his acceptance speech which was shared during the conference.

Craig Sanderson of Sager Electronics and ERA Sr. Vice President / Distribution was the recipient of the Second Annual Tobin Bridge Award. The award was presented by Dave Norris of Norris & Associates and now former ERA Chairman of the Board.

Bob Evans, CPMR, of EK Micro, and ERA Chapter Leadership Council, announced the Chapters of the Year award recipients during the virtual event. This year’s award recipients are Carolinas ERA Chapter (Education category); Chicagoland-Wisconsin ERA Chapter (Membership category); and Arizona ERA Chapter (Networking category).

Thank you, volunteers

ERA thanks Craig Anderson, CPMR, of Sumer Inc. and Bryan White, CPMR, Catalyst Unity Solutions for leading the 2021 ERA Conference Committee and helping the ERA team deliver ERA’s very first virtual conference. Their hard work and dedication, along with the help of the 50+ conference committee volunteers helped make this event a success.

Save the date!

The ERA team looks forward to seeing you in-person at the 2022 ERA Conference, scheduled Feb. 27 – March 1 in Austin, Texas.