EMS Leadership Summit at IPC APEX EXPO 2023

EMS Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Helping Each Other and the Industry to Prosper
Monday | January 23 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm | 6:00 pm Networking Dinner

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The EMS Leadership Summit brings together current and future industry leaders to solve problems, build business networks and share insights to doing business better. Focused on high level topics which drive business growth and financial success, leaders gather insights from experts and discuss their own and potential new best practices during panel discussions and roundtables. This meeting of minds inspires action and builds resources for participants, future leaders, and the greater EMS industry. Relax and continue making connections at the EMS Networking Dinner after the summit adjourns. Dinner included with your summit registration.

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Member | $695
Nonmember | $850

Includes Monday summit, Monday lunch with keynote, and EMS Networking Dinner at Osteria Panevino. Register for any IPC APEX EXPO package and then add the EMS Leadership Summit as an additional item.

All EMS Leadership Summit registrants qualify for one free license for IPC’s Electronics Assembly for Engineers. Once registered our team will contact you to provide access to the course. Our self-serve demo is also available. (Offer is a $750 value, also good towards Electronics Assembly for Operators or Wire Harness Operator courses.)

Attendance Requirement: Manager and above of an EMS company

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EMS Leadership Summit Agenda

Pre-event Networking and Continental Breakfast

Come enjoy breakfast and get yourself situated for the day.

Welcome and Self Introductions

Get to know who’s in the room.

Sustainability for Electronics: IPC Leading the Way

Speakers: Chris Mitchell, VP Global Government Relations, IPC and Kelly Scanlon, EHS Research Director, IPC

IPC's Government Relations team define ESG and share an update on IPC's ESG for Electronics initiative. Understand how to best meet ESG and sustainability goals, regardless of company size. 

Economic Outlook for the EMS Industry

Speaker: Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, IPC

EMS impacts and outlook: inflation, labor market cost increases, and investment plans 

Supply Chain Outlook Today and Near Term

Speakers: Chintan Sutaria, CEO, CalcuQuote, Michael Slater, VP of Global Business Development, Digi-Key, Eddie Smith, CEO, SMTC, John Vaughan, Vice President - Strategic Markets, Summit Interconnect

Get a 12 month and 3–5-year outlook on the supply chain and trends from various expert perspectives from data demands to day-to-day maintenance and lead time trends to component manufacturers capacity and plans.


Coffee and tea available 

Cybersecurity and CMMC - Basics vs. Best Fit

Speakers: Allen Anderson, Attorney, F&B Law Firm, Vijay Takanti, SVP, Innovation and Informatics, Exostar, Joaquin Hernandez, president, Empowered IT Solutions

Hear what we should all be doing about cybersecurity. Understand the importance and scope of basic cybersecurity as well as key considerations in exploring cybersecurity and CMMC levels and options. 

Roundtable - Working to Improve Your Cybersecurity

Peers discuss approaches to addressing cybersecurity concerns, discuss the challenges of and strategies for managing requirements, and ponder current and future expectations.

Luncheon Keynote

Luncheon Featuring a Keynote by: Shawn DuBravac, IPC Chief Economist

Workforce Training Solutions

Speakers: Coreen Blaylock, Project Manager & Planning Operations, Lockheed MFC; Brandy Tharp, Director of Education, IPC; Carlos Plaza, Senior Director of Education, IPC; Debie Vorwald, Pr. Quality Instructor, Collins Aerospace

Industry shares examples of workforce training solutions for different needs and help understand the process of deciding and implementing, investment requirement, and impact.

Roundtable - Sharing Successes in Workforce Development

Building talent pools, training effectively, keeping top talent, mentoring for leadership - these are all challenges that seem to grow harder every year. Peers share successes and failures as a springboard to brainstorm new approaches. 

Continuous Improvements in the Factory

Speakers: Joel Bloom, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Arc-Tronics, Ed Zamborsky, Regional & Technical Support Manager, Thermaltronics, Thomas Marktsheffel, ASMPT

Practical factory ideas that can be implemented today, including reducing manual labor with automation. Peers share equipment, software, and process improvement experiences, impacts made, and what they feel is on the horizon.


Coffee and tea available 

North American EMS Landscape

Speaker: Mark Wolfe, Executive EMS Advisor, IPC

Round out your day with insight into the current demographics of the North American EMS market.

Q&A, Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Q&A, Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Roundtable - One Great Idea!

We all learn from doing. Sharing our successes and failures helps us grow faster together and builds industry resilience. Whether process optimization, attracting talent, managing through supply chain impacts, or adapting to change - every EMS leader has an experience to share. 

Networking Dinner

Relax and continue making connections at the EMS Networking Dinner after the summit adjourns. Dinner included with your summit registration.

Attendance Requirement: Manager and above of an EMS company