What to Expect at the Conference

From hosted receptions to networking breaks, the conference provides ample time to connect with old friends and make new acquaintances. An event mobile app connects participants and speakers while delivering presentation materials.

Planning Committee

Led by chairman Mark Conley, O'Donnell Associates North, the planning has spent two years putting together this stellar roster of speakers and presentations! After making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event, the committee forged on and committed to this 2021 conference.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the following ECIA members for their dedication and efforts:

Ken Bellero, Schaffner EMC Inc.; Tobi Cornell, Kruvand Associates; Paul Dosser, Digi-Key Electronics; Julie Fajardo, TDK-Lambda Americas Inc.; Bob Garcia, Ferrari Technical Sales; Scott Jones, AEM Group; Todd McAtee, Mouser Electronics; Sam Read, Cornell-Dubilier Electronics; Chad Van Doorninck, Abracon; Caroline Wells, Omron; and Tom Wichert,TDK-Lambda Americas Inc.  

Sunday Evening

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. The opening reception starts at 5:30 PM and is the ideal place to greet friends and enjoy some light refreshments. WE are grateful to Avnet and Newark for sponsoring this Opening Reception! The hotel features a wonderful selection of dining and entertainment options for later – the Ashburn, located off the hotel lobby, and two of Chicago’s favorites right outside the front door: The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s.


Start the day with a complimentary breakfast, sponsored by Carlton-Bates Company. Morning and afternoon breaks and a luncheon buffet offer time to refuel and network - and a chance to return calls and emails. We appreciate the generosity of break sponsors AVX, TDK and TDK-Lambda Americas.  GlobalSpec is hosting the luncheon, thank you!  All meals and breaks are included in the registration fee. A cocktail reception immediately follows at the end of the day's sessions at 5:30 PM.


Power up early at the complimentary breakfast sponsored by Catalyst Unity Solutions. The conference runs till Noon and the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to O’Hare. Better yet, stay for the optional All Industry Luncheon hosted by Women in Electronics from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sign up when you register for the conference, additional fee required.

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