IPC APEX EXPO

PCB Executive Forum
Presented by the Raymond E. Pritchard IPC Hall of Fame

A learning and networking forum for senior-level executives of PCB fabricator organizations and their suppliers

The PCB Executive Forum focuses on critical issues: market trends, customer requirements and the economy. Learn from recognized industry experts, and find out how your peers address common challenges.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet with other decision makers.

AGENDA – Monday, February 13 as of 1.4.2017
8:00-9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 am Opening Remarks
Dr. John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO
Day’s Outline
Gene Weiner, Forum Chairman
9:15-10:00 am What We Search for, How We Work with, and How We Qualify a Supplier of Boards
10:00-10:45 am How Can A “Smaller” Company Survive and Thrive in Today’s Environment? How We Did it and Advice for Others
Brad Bourne, President and CEO, FTG Circuits
10:45-11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 -11:45 am How a Major Player Uses an Internal Venture Capital Fund to Provide Capital to Small Players with Big Ideas
 Joan Vrtis, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer, Multek, Inc.
11:45 am-1:15 pm Luncheon- in main ballroom for the IPC Event Awards Luncheon
1:25 -1:45 pm Special Guest Speaker
1:45-2:15 pm Disruptive Technologies: New Products Entering the Marketplace and the Technologies Used to Make It Happen (A report from the 2017 CES show in Las Vegas and an Update on 3D Printing)  
Dan Feinberg, President, Fein-Line Associates
2:15-2:45 pm The China Story; Printed Circuit Fabricators and Their Supply Chain
Hamed El-Abd, President, WKK Distribution
2:45-3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00-3:30 pm Flexible Hybrid Electronics: Advanced U.S. Manufacturing
Paul Semenza, Director of Commercialization, NextFlex
3:30-4:00 pm Working with Universities to Develop and Evaluate New Products; Working with Consortia (e.g. HDPUG, iNEMI) and Universities to Confirm Reliability of New Products
Alan Rae, Ph.D., Executive Director, Incubator Works
4:00-5:30 pm Panel: Overcoming Today’s Industry Challenges
Moderated by Jack Fisher, President, Interconnect Technology Analysis
Panelists: Mark Osborn, President, Colonial Circuits; Peter Bigelow, President, IMI Inc.; Shawn Stone, President, International Electronic Components, Inc.; Chetan Shah, President, Flex Interconnect Technologies; Richard Lies, President, Chemcut Corporation
5:30-5:45 pm Wrap-up
Gene Weiner, Forum Chairman
6:00-9:00 pm VIP Dinner (IPC Members Only)

Invest in your company’s future and make plans to attend this one-of-a-kind learning and networking event.




Registration includes:

  • Admission to all event activities, including networking breakfast and luncheon
  • Speaker presentation materials
  • Contact information for event participants
  • Admission to the Exhibition – Show Floor opens Tuesday, February 14
  • VIP dinner – exclusive activity for IPC members*

*Not an IPC member yet? Register for PCB Executive Forum and get a significant discount on IPC membership for 2017. For more information, contact Kim DiCianni, exhibits manager and membership representative, at KimDiCianni@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2823.