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It's Only Common Sense: Hopes for the New IPC Director
Monday, February 13, 2012 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group

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As the search continues for the new director of the IPC, I can’t help but hope and wish that this new person will be someone who understands the basic PCB business and its role in the electronics industry--both here in North America and globally. This person should be someone who will see his or her role as a protector and defender of the circuit board industry; someone who will see that our business is the at the very center on the electronics industry. He must be dedicated to upholding that tradition and do everything possible to promote the importance of our product and our industry.

When the new executive director is hired I hope that he or she (maybe it will be a woman; frankly I think a woman would do a better job, but that’s just me) will:

  • Take the time to understand the history of the IPC as an organization and come to the realization that it was founded by people from the bare board industry. Men from board shops who felt that their industry had matured to the point where a professional organization was needed to look out for their best interests. That this organization would be there to make sure that they were protected from unfair foreign competition, unfair government regulations, and unfair business practices on the part of their customers--many of them much larger than they were.
  • Take the time to not only look at our industry today, as it has been left in a state of steadily diminishing shambles, and see it for what it once was and what it could be in the future under an IPC that would truly have the time, the energy, and passion to promote the importance role that the North American PCB industry can play in the future under the right director.
  • Understand the importance of our vendors and their role in our success. Realize that they are a peripheral part of the organization, rather than a leading part of it. Make sure they understand that they are here to support us, not to undermine us. Understand that they should be developing products that make us better rather than products they want to sell. I hope that new director will know this.
  • I hope that the new director will understand that his role is to truly be our leader, to truly promote the importance and status of our products, and to come to us with a plan to let the market and the world know who we are, what we do, and how important it is to the rest of the world. That this new director will know that his role is to make us look good both as fabricators of PCBs as well as North American manufacturers fighting against all odds to sustain manufacturing jobs in this country.

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