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APRIL 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 43 Message From the Chairman by Stephen Chavez, MIT, CID+ CHAIRMAN OF THE PCEA As chairman of PCEA, let me start off this first-ever "Mes- sage From the Chairman" by saying that it is an honor and privilege to be selected to lead such a large global group of tal- ented and passionate veteran industry leaders. As we move forward and establish a path for PCEA, collaboration, inspiration, and educa- tion are at the core of what the organization is all about. Looking back earlier in my career, when I made the decision (more like a huge nudge from one of my early mentors) to get in- volved and become an industry contributor, it made such an enormous positive difference in my career and within my personal life as well! Not only have I had continued success as a printed circuit engineer, but I have had the great fortune to meet many great indus- try colleagues who have become dear friends over time. I was lucky enough to get guid- ance back then, but only after lots and lots of struggling on my own. As the newly elected chairman of PCEA, serving our global chapters and members, col- laboration, inspiration, and education are truly at the core of my passion as well. I intend to give my all to make a positive difference in our ever-evolving industry and to help others suc- ceed in their profession, like those who have helped me along the way. I highly encourage you all to get involved! Join the PCEA by visiting our website (www. and registering as a member to be- come part of the PCEA collective. You can al- From left to right: Mike Creeden, Stephen Chavez, Randy Kumagai (president of the Phoenix PCEA Chapter), Cherie Litson, Judy Warner, and Gary Ferrari.

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