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92 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2020 1 The ICT 2019 Christmas Seminar E Since 2016, the Institute of Circuit Technology (ICT) has held its northern area Christ- mas seminar at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate—the ele- gant and historic English spa town in North Yorkshire. Pete Starkey provides an overview of this popular ICT event. 2 It's Only Common Sense: Making 2020 the Best Year of Your Sales Career E Even if you didn't do your homework last year, it's not too late to set yourself up for success—all you need are two days of planning and a lot of hard work to make 2020 the best year ever. Dan Beaulieu shares 10 surefire steps to help you be success- ful in 2020. 3 Heading Into 2020 With Isola E Barry Matties recently spoke with Isola's Travis Kelly, who has moved from acting CEO into the position of president and CEO. Chief Sales and Mar- keting Officer Sean Mirshafiei also joins the conversation as they share an update on the progress on the company's new Arizona factory, as well as their views on the markets and technology trends. 4 Punching Out! Why Buy a PCB/PCBA Shop? E Overall, the U.S. economy is strong, and man- ufacturing has seen a resurgence over the past decade. Still, the overall trend for investors and small company buyers for 20 years has been in asset-light, tech-enabled services businesses, such as Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, etc. Given that background, why should someone buy or in- vest in a North American manufacturing busi- ness such as a PCB or PCBA company? Editor Picks from PCB007 Dan Beaulieu Travis Kelly Pete Starkey

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