Last week’s ECIA Executive Conference was a fascinating blend of strong speakers, special commemorative moments and great networking. Bud Industries has been a member of the Electronics Industry trade associations for generations, first in electrical components for radios and then with electronic enclosures. It has been a long, circuitous journey to the ECIA and our membership reflects the changes that our industry has gone through for over 80 years. Originally we were members of EP&EM, Electronic Products and Equipment Manufacturers. This group evolved, in about 1957, into the Central Division of the Association of Electronic Manufacturers (AEM), a sister association to the AEM Eastern. The goal of the group was to consolidate the distributor oriented electronics manufacturers into an association that would help the industry grow. In 1974, AEM Eastern and Central were merged into the Distributor Products Division of EIA, the Electronics Industry Association. EIA was composed of many subgroups including a group that later became the Consumer Electronics Association, the telecommunications industry association, and several others. Their goal was to represent the interests of the entire industry both among themselves and to Washington. It was a unique experience with both manufacturers of components and their end customers sharing everything from standards development to best practices.