ECIA is pleased to present the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards to seven members who have made significant contributions to the association by sharing their time and energy; and its North Star Award. The 2018 honorees embody the spirit of giving back and have gone above and beyond their day jobs in the service of the association and the industry. They make it a point to get involved in association committees and on the board of directors. They work to develop standards, improve programs, and set direction that benefits the industry and makes our association relevant and world class. With this award we acknowledge these leaders and express our gratitude for their work on our behalf.
ECIA thanks the following 2018 Distinguished Service Award winners for all their hard work:
Larry Buckley, 3M has served on the ECIA Foundation Board since 2011, moving from vice president to president in 2014. He has been instrumental in promoting ECIA’s involvement in FIRST Robotics.
Another Foundation Board member, Austin Cheney from Eastern Illinois University, has been instrumental in giving ECIA a university perspective on issues of recruiting and broadening the industry’s focus in those important endeavors. Austin has also worked on the EDS Project Host program.
A valued member of the ECIA Board since 2016, Rich Davis of WPG Americas has been instrumental in getting WPG more actively involved in the association and been a true advocate.
Steven Fisher of PEI Genesis. has served on the ECIA Executive Board since 2015 and acted as Executive Conference Chair for two years in 2014 and 2015.
Scott Jones, AEM Group began his ECIA service on the Foundation Board in 2014, and then moved to the ECIA Executive Board in 2015.He will now serve on the newly created Independent Manufacturers Rep Council.
Gerry Newman, began his electronics industry career in the 70’s with EDS, which was then known as “The May Parts Show” and later “NewCom”. Gerry served many roles in EDS and its predecessors for over 40 years, including Executive Vice President.
The last recipient, Jay Smith of Future Electronics has focused his 25 years of ECIA service on what used to be the Supply Chain Council and is now the Global Industry Practices Committee.
Blair Haas of Bud Industries has received the ECIA North Star Award, the association’s highest leadership honor. The Award was presented at the ECIA Executive Conference by Jeff Thomson, ECIA Board Chair and was highlighted with several anecdotes from Blair's peers.
For millennia, the North Star provided the navigational basis to those who sought to explore our world and to make it better. The award is so named to reflect the extraordinary leadership, guidance, and perseverance within our industry. ECIA recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to the industry over the course of their careers and set the standard for those who follow. In 2016 the inaugural North Star Award recipient was long-time board member Michael Knight of TTI and John Denslinger, formerly of ECIA , earned the award in 2017.
Blair has served the Board of ECIA since its creation and served as Chair from 2015 to 2016. He was involved in doing the nitty gritty work of finance, investment, nominating, and steering the ever-changing and vibrant organization. He was deeply involved in this latest reorganization of ECIA and twice chaired the Executive Conference.
Blair represents the third generation of the Haas family to run Bud Industries, a 90 year old manufacturer of enclosures for the electronics and data industry. He joined Bud Industries, Inc. over 45 years ago, became president in 1992 and currently serves as its CEO.
As a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area, he has also served that community in a variety of capacities including Chairman of the Board of the Cleveland Music School Settlement and Vice-President of the Jewish Family Service. He is currently a Vice President of the board of the Hawken School in Cleveland.