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38 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2024 Feature Article by Glenna Carrell IPC is year, as an extension of our yearly EMS Leadership Summit at IPC APEX EXPO, we have begun hosting regional roundtables. ese meetings primarily provided an oppor- tunity to network with fellow EMS leaders in each region. At these scheduled receptions and dinners, leaders gather to solve problems, build business networks, and discover poten- tial new insights. At the same time, IPC facili- tators share information regarding IPC initia- tives and EMS market data. So far, regional roundtable gatherings have taken place in the Midwest, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and the California Bay Area. All have received excellent feedback. Ongoing EMS regional meetings will be scheduled twice a year with an annual national/global EMS Summit event at IPC APEX EXPO. Future regional gather- ings are planned this year in Texas, Florida, and the Northeast Coast of the United States. All EMS leaders are encouraged to attend; there is no cost, and you do not need to be an IPC member. To give you a sense of the discussions ongo- ing at the roundtables, here are some excerpts and examples: How can we make the EMS industry sexy again? In 2024, there are challenges and opportuni- ties at the forefront of the EMS industry. We continue to see a tight labor market and sup- ply chain issues resulting in uncertainty for EMS Roundtables: Leaders Helping Each Other

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