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46 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2021 Messages from the Chairmen Introduction In this month's column, I interview the PCEA chairman and chairman emeritus, who provide their shared viewpoints on the impor- tance of organizing. And as always, I provide you with a list of upcoming events. PCEA Updates is month I am excited to bring you an inspiring message from not one, but two of the PCEA's chairmen. It is quite possible that many of you do not know that our PCEA board has two chairmen by design. From the beginning, our idea was to preserve the experience from our past organi- zational associations and use that experience as our compass needle for moving forward. Stephen Chavez serves as PCEA's chairman. His primary interest is to lead this organiza- tion into a future which respects the ideas and efforts—the legacy—of those who have served the electronics industry so well. To fulfill that interest, Steph relies upon his counterpart, Chairman Emeritus Gary Ferrari, to offer his wisdom and experience. Gary's guiding com- pass needle was magnetized by a lifetime career of serving the electronics industry, as well as bringing together and leading electron- ics industry professionals. So, for this month's column, please trek along with us and enjoy this special "Messages from the Chairmen" interview we've transcribed from our Zoom interview. Messages from the Chairmen Kelly Dack: ank you for joining us gentle- men! We have Steph Chavez, the officiating chairman of the PCEA. And we also have Gary Ferrari, who serves as the chairman emeritus for the PCEA. I'd like to start by asking Gary for some perspective on the past and why you feel it's important that PCB designers are con- nected in some way by an organization. Gary Ferrari: Way back in 1991, Dieter Bergman and I started the Designers Council. e main The Digital Layout by Kelly Dack, CIT, CID+, PCEA Figure 1: Kelly Dack (center) interviews PCEA Chairman Stephen Chavez, MIT, CID+ (left), and PCEA Chairman Emeritus Gary Ferrari, MIT, CID+.

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