ECIA announced its Distinguished Service Award recipients at its Executive Conference on Oct. 24. The awards honor six individuals who have worked in various roles within the ECIA during 2022. This year's winners include:
- Tom Wichert, TDK-Lambda Americas - Wichert completed six years of service to the EDS board, serves on the ECIA Manufacturer Council and Executive Conference Committee.
- Mike Swenson, Mel Foster - Swenson is involved in the ECIA Rep Council, is a Council project team leader, is a contributor in the TAMU study, and involved on the EDS Board.
- Teri Ivaniszyn, Digi-Key Electronics - Ivaniszyn has been a contributor to the GIPC for many years and is a past Chairperson. Ivaniszyn has worked in areas such as China Tariffs, managing COVID in the day-to-day business operation, International Trade Compliance, environmental compliance and quality, and more. “ECIA is honored to present Teri with the Distinguished Service Award,” said Don Elario, vice president of industry practices at ECIA. “When Teri sees an industry issue, she pursues it using all the resources at her disposal and applies her influence to improve the industry. She is truly one of the best individuals I’ve had the pleasure to work with at ECIA.”
- Thomas Griffin, Catalyst Unity Solutions - Griffin is a strong contributor to the ECIA Rep Council, was formerly on the GIPC and is a new addition to the EDS Board.
- James Kaplan, Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc. - Kaplan is Foundation President, has been driving the Paul Andrews Continued Education (PACE) initiative and collected more than $450K in donations to fund PACE.
- Mark Conley, O’Donnell Associates - Conley has been a contributor to the ECIA Rep Council and was Executive Conference Committee Chair for two years during COVID. While he didn’t get to see his hard work come to fruition, what he and the committee accomplished was foundational to the success of the 2022 Executive Conference.
“We are very grateful to these individuals, without whom the important goals and initiatives of all the councils and committees would never be achieved,” said David Loftus, ECIA President and CEO. “ECIA continues to work on resolving the challenges and inefficiencies in the authorized channel. Leaders such as these award recipients help drive our success.”