New ECIA President and CEO, John Denslinger has nearly 40 years of experience in the electronics industry. With 35 of those years served with Murata, Denslinger left the company earlier this year, at the end of the fiscal, and made the full-time transition from a member company to his new role as ECIA President on March 31, 2013. It has been a fast month-and-a-half and he is still trying to get acclimated, but he has high hopes for EDS 2013.
“From an association point of view, and with a vested interest in the overall success of EDS, we’re looking for a good cross-section of participation,” Denslinger says. “We definitely want to get feedback from our members that the meetings were productive, and we’d obviously like to see ample opportunity for our colleagues to network effectively at the show.”
In his new role, Denslinger wants to see EDS deliver the kind of quality event that it has been in the past; one with the optimized use of each attendee’s time, talent, and investment. EDS is a show that is driven by the members, and those members help spread the word in the manufacturer, distributor, and sales rep communities. This year, Denslinger wants to foster a common environment where a lot can be accomplished in a very short period of time.
New Roles & Responsibilities
“As a member, I had a marcom group that would do everything, and I’d just show up,” Denslinger recalls. “Now on the association end, I get to see the working side of it, which includes all the preparation that goes in to the show itself and the teambuilding that goes on to support the show.”
Denslinger plans on using his many years of experience through “the harsh grind” of EDS, from morning and through the night, to create a more successful show in 2013.
“Our meetings evolved over the years,” Denslinger recalls. “Instead of working sessions and talking about day-to-day results, we began to move more toward strategy discussions. After all, we had our executives in the room at the same time. It was an opportunity for us to align our strategies. We also used the opportunity to have rep council meetings and secondary meetings with potential acquisitions or mergers. “
Here’s hoping other member partners can take a page from the new president’s success stories and translate it into a busy (in a controlled chaos sort of way), but productive show this year.
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