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ECIA has announced the winner of the inaugural ECIA North Star Award, the association’s highest leadership honor. Michael Knight of TTI Inc., a leading IP&E distributor, is the first individual to be recognized by this new award.

Knight joined the industry in 1983 and landed at TTI in 2004 after rising through the ranks in sales and marketing, domestically and internationally in distribution, rep firms, and manufacturing. He is currently senior vice president of TTI Americas.

For millennia, the North Star guided those who sought to explore the world and make it better. ECIA’s award, named to reflect this concept of extraordinary leadership, guidance, and perseverance within our industry, is the successor to NEDA’s Gail Carter award.

“For the last decade, Michael has taken a crucial leadership role in the ECIA, specifically in the effort to merge the ECA and NEDA. In his role as chairman, he drove changes that will enhance the association’s growth and value for years to come. He brings a clear vision to board work and provides a well-respected point of view,” said ECIA Chairman Blair Haas, Bud Industries.

“He is passionate about this business and the future of it, he is passionate about FIRST Robotics and exposing children to STEM disciplines, he is passionate about authorized distribution, and he is not afraid to challenge the status quo. Michael is a consummate industry spokesman and has deftly used this skill in his role as a leading advocate for our industry. We can count on him to take a bold stance on addressing challenging industry issues. When he speaks, the industry listens.”

ECIA also honored some of its top members with Distinguished Service Awards. Congratulate:

  • Paula Renfrow, vice president marketing, Americas, TTI Inc., and the force behind the TTI Specialist.
  • Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics’ vice president of Americas, business development.
  • David Norris,founder of Norris & Associates in 1988 and active in the industry as a manufacturer’s rep for 43 years.
  • Kip Poncher, who grew up in the electronics industry and is now president of Hawk Electronics. As a third-generation professional, Kip has worked almost every job within our industry over the last 38 years.
  • Pat Quilty, recently retired after 34 years with Honeywell. His most recent role was global vice president of sales for the Honeywell Sensing & Controls Division.
  • Erix Max, president of the Genie Group, an electronics marketing and fulfillment organization.

ECIA and the ECIA Foundation salute the generosity and dedication of these award recipients.

Positronic has appointed Powell Electronics as an authorized distributor for its full line of Positronic products in the North American market, which includes power and hybrid, D-sub, rectangular, modular, and circular connectors. Many configurations of these series types will be stocked at Powell, and customized solutions are available as well.

ODU has opened a new production site near Tijuana, Mexico, which will be fully operational by early 2017. This move was prompted by ODU’s increased project-related business involving application and customer-specific products. As in Europe, ODU is aiming to strengthen its business in North America through fully assembled products. With 3,000 square meters of production space and 50 staff members, the Mexican site will focus on cable assembly, yet production can be extended to all other ODU product areas as well. Additional stock of merchandise in San Diego will strengthen ODU’s North American sales organization, ensuring faster turnaround times, improved flexibility, and product availability.

Siemon Interconnect Solutions, a business unit of Siemon that provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, value-added resellers, and system integrators, announced its M12 D-Code Ruggedized Cable Assemblies. More robust than standard, off-the-shelf Ethernet cabling, Siemon’s M12 connector is specifically designed for use in harsh industrial environments, combining a specially designed cable with rugged connector construction to ensure reliability and flexibility.

Sager Electronics announced their attendance at the International Test Conference (ITC), November 15-17, 2016, a conference dedicated to the electronic test of devices, boards, and systems. Sager Electronics will also be exhibiting at ITC booth 518 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Sager representatives will be onsite with samples and literature of the newest technologies in power, thermal, electromechanical and interconnect solutions to help customers with their application requirements.

Mouser Electronics recently announced a global distribution agreement with Amphenol NEXUS Technologies, a manufacturer of audio connectors and pushbutton switches. Amphenol NEXUS Technologies connectors are ideal for headset and low-voltage applications that require breakaway-style audio connectors, while the company’s switches offer a durable, reliable, and cost-effective solution with a strong, tactile-feedback feature. The Amphenol NEXUS Technologies product line offers buyers and designers a broad selection of plugs, jacks, and switches that feature durability in harsh environmental conditions as well as superior electrical performance.

GTK has a new manufacturing facility in Romania that will specialize in the production of cable assemblies and box build. The facility is situated in Craiova, the sixth-largest city in Romania and the principal commercial city west of Bucharest. The new facility is 4,843 square feet (450 m2) with an option to extend to 21,527 square feet (2,000 m2). Steve Robinson, operations director at GTK, said, “This new facility replicates the production capabilities of our UK facility and we will be using identical manufacturing, scheduling, quality, and data collection processes. Using the same software at both locations will allow us to be extremely agile in the way in which we service our customers’ requirements. It will also ensure we can be extremely cost-effective.”

Excellence in ProductionHARTING Applied Technologies has won the “Excellence in Production” competition for the second time in the “Internal Tool Manufacture up to 50 Employees” category. The company previously won this award in 2014. Managing Director Dr. Volker Franke, Tool Manufacture Manager Rainer Hussmann, and their team accepted the award. HARTING Applied Technologies is a specialist in the field of tool manufacture. Part of the HARTING Technology Group, the company develops, constructs, and manufactures high-precision injections molds, injection molding tools, and punching/bending tools for the electrical and automobile industries. Now in its 13th year, 279 tool and mold production businesses took part in the competition.

Julia Huang, IndiumJingya Huang has joined the Indium Corporation as marketing communications assistant manager. Huang is responsible for creating and managing promotional and branding activities that support the company’s worldwide sales and marketing programs. She manages Indium Corporation’s global trade show program, internal communications, social media, and the expansion of its web presence.

Huang has several years of experience in advertising, marketing, and communications. In her last position, she focused on digital marketing for Chinese markets. Huang has also worked as an account planner at a full-service advertising agency, where she performed strategic planning, market research, project management, and sales support.

Pasternack released their new 2017 RF Product Guide. The company’s new 264-page catalog contains thousands of in-stock products including a greatly expanded portfolio of RF amplifiers, PIN diode and electromechanical switches, waveguide components, as well as the industry’s largest selection of passive, active, interconnect, and test & measurement components, all available for same-day shipping worldwide.

In addition to the newly published Pasternack catalog, the company has created “Product Selection Guides,” smaller catalogs dedicated to a single product family or category. Offered in both an online digital version and PDF download, the new Product Selection Guides are available for amplifiers, switches, waveguide components, VCOs, 60 GHz development products, and test and measurement products.

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