In a moving tribute to Paul Andrews, TTI CEO, The Electronics Representative Association, (ERA) posthumously honored the life and legacy of the man known throughout the industry as a humble, trailblazing entrepreneur with a heart of gold.
Andrews had been notified of the ERA’s intent to bestow the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual event which would be held virtually on March 2, 2021. Andrews, who passed unexpectedly on February 27, had chosen to pre-record his acceptance speech.
Walter Tobin, ERA CEO, offered this comment, “Paul was one of the main architects of our industry, a true pioneer and visionary who took so much pride in TTI, the company he created 50 years ago. He motivated everyone to do their best because we saw him do his best for all of us every day. He never lost sight of what this world is all about — hard work combined with trust, respect and friendship. We were deeply saddened to learn about Paul’s death. We are truly grateful that we were able to honor his tremendous contributions to the industry with the 2021 ERA Lifetime Achievement Award and to share his pre-recorded acceptance speech during the ERA Conference on March 2, so the industry could hear from Paul one last time. We have truly lost a giant.”
View the pre-recorded award video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phejQ67s5NU
TTI, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized, specialty distributor of electronic components. Founded in 1971, the emphasis on a broad and deep product portfolio, available-to-sell inventory and sophisticated supply chain programs have established TTI as a distributor of choice to manufacturers in the industrial, defense, aerospace, transportation, medical, and communications sectors worldwide. TTI and its wholly owned subsidiaries, the TTI Family of Companies, Mouser Electronics, Sager Electronics and TTI Semiconductor Group employ over 7,000 people in more than 133 locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Globally, the company maintains over 2 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space housing over 850,000 component part numbers. For more information about TTI, visit www.tti.com.
The 86-year-old Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) is the international trade organization for professional field sales companies in the global electronics industries, manufacturers who go to market through representative firms and global distributors. It is the mission of ERA to support the professional field sales function through programs and activities that educate, inform and advocate for manufacturers’ representatives, the principals they represent and the distributors who are reps’ partners in local territories. For more information about ERA, visit era.org.