Duane Benson
Screaming Circuits, Marketing Manager and Chief Technology Champion

As the lead executive responsible for brand reputation and content marketing, Duane Benson has helped bring the Screaming Circuits brand to the forefront of electronics manufacturing in North America. He’s a contributing author to EDN, EE Times and other industry publications. He is also a regular speaker at industry events such as PCB West and the Embedded System conference. Duane is a subject matter expert on prototyping traps, layout and assembly challenges, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), embedded systems, high-density components, system architecture and board design best practices.


Eva Cheung
Regional Sales Manager from Kingbright

Electrical Engineer with over 10 years experience in LEDs. Works with new business development, is involved with key accounts management and conducts trade shows, product trainings and pricing negotiation for Kingbright.


Mark Frohnmayer
President and Founder, Arcimoto, Inc.

Mark graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After 11 years leading advanced technology projects in the game development industry and the sale of his first startup, he turned his energy toward solving the worldwide problem of sustainable transportation.


Tony Lentz
FCT Assembly

Tony Lentz has worked in the electronics industry since 1994. He worked as a process engineer at a circuit board manufacturer for 5 years. Since 1999, Tony has worked for FCT Companies as a laboratory manager, facility manager, and most recently a field application engineer. Tony has extensive experience doing research and development, quality control, and technical service with products used to manufacture and assemble printed circuit boards. He holds B.S. and M.B.S. degrees in Chemistry.


Joshua Lifton, Ph.D.
CEO, Crowd Supply

I received my doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and hold a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say I’ve devoted a significant amount of my time learning how to make things that blink. At Crowd Supply, I help creators launch with funding and support they need to deliver thoughtfully crafted products to delighted backers.


Craig G. Russillo
Partner at Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt

Since 1997, Craig Russillo has been helping clients resolve complex commercial disputes, particularly with respect to borrowing, lending and real estate. Craig works extensively with lenders and creditors in judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, representing their interests in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He also has significant experience with real property disputes, including complex title issues, landlord/tenant disputes and construction matters. An experienced litigator and trial lawyer, Craig is known for his skill in efficiently identifying, evaluating and resolving all types of business and commercial disputes. He understands that for clients, every legal decision is also a business decision, and strives to provide both outstanding legal representation and attentive, diligent service.

Walter Tobin

Walter E. Tobin
CEO of the Electronics Representatives Association

Walter Tobin is an electronics industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and executive/corporate management positions. For the last nine years, he was the corporate vice president of Future Electronics, and prior management positions included 12 years at Pioneer-Standard (acquired in 2003 by Arrow Electronics) and 15 years at Arrow Electronics. Tobin holds both a B.S. and MBA from Boston College and is a former U.S. Army Captain.


Diana Wojcik
EMA Chairman

Diana Wojcik’s experience includes co-founding a medical device start-up, patent valuation, patent acquisition and litigation consulting, and comprehensive financial planning services. She advises business owners and highly compensated employees as a fiduciary in their wealth management decisions including planning for business succession/transition events, growth/restructuring, career transitions, retirement, and evaluating traditional and alternative investments. Diana further serves the industry as chair of the Electronic Manufacturer’s Association of Oregon.

Laura Zager
Patent Attorney with Patent Capital Group

Laura Zager is a Portland-based patent attorney, specializing in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of electronics, semiconductor processing and packaging, materials, and medical devices. Laura graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003 with degrees in engineering and mathematics, completed her Ph.D. at MIT in 2008 in electrical engineering and computer science, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013.


Matthias Zapatka
Technical Support & Service Center / CTO, INGUN USA, Inc.

When INGUN, a German manufacturer of spring-loaded test probes and test fixtures saw a need to “evangelize” about new emerging probe technologies in the North American market, Matthias rolled up his sleeves and said “let’s do it” and relocated to the US to do just that, sharing the knowledge about test probes. He founded INGUN USA in 2012 which now is a highly profitable subsidiary of the German mothership. His customers are scattered all over the US, Canada and Mexico & throughout the world and include design engineers, production test engineers and also buyers and executives for companies that design and manufacture electronic equipment.