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144 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE By Chris Mitchell IPC e recent surge in COVID cases provoked more than a few questions about what to expect at this year's IPC APEX EXPO. But as I traversed the San Diego Convention Center during the show, the top answer was clear: there were a lot of smiles! Sure, they were hid- den behind masks, but they were evident in the eyes of everyone I met. Attendees were thrilled to be back together in-person, sharing ideas as freely as elbow bumps. IPC is a community, and APEX EXPO is the place where we build it. Equally exciting was all the great content on tap for attendees this year. Against that backdrop, here are my top 10 highlights from IPC APEX EXPO 2022, from the perspective of someone engaged in advocating for this industry. 1. Hall of Fame Award: Industry statesman Joe O'Neil was this year's inductee into the IPC Hall of Fame. Joe's achievements in busi- ness are well-recognized. Less recognized is his work for the industry. Joe has served on IPC's Board of Directors, Government Rela- tions Committee, the IPC Education Founda- tion Board, and the IPC ought Leaders Pro- gram. In his heartfelt and modest speech, Joe thanked the industry titans who mentored him Top 10 Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2022

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