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12 The PCB Magazine • December 2015 In 1992 I had just taken on the position of president for Morton Electronic Materials (or Dynachem as most of the old-timers remember). Then IPC President Thom Dammrich called and asked me if I would be willing to head the new IPC Suppliers Council. But first, just a bit of his- tory… When IPC was first founded, and for more than 25 years, suppliers could not be full mem- bers. They could be associate members only and could not serve on the Board of Directors. As the years progressed, many of us who had become very involved in IPC transitioned from the fab- ricator side to the supplier group. In some cases a few had to relinquish committee positions, thus depriving the IPC of some valuable talent. Eventually it was decided that suppliers could become full members, although it still took a number of years before a supplier could serve on the Board and even more years before one could become president/CEO of the IPC. In the late '80s and early '90s an attempt had been made to start an active suppliers group, but there were not any notable activities or accomplishments achieved, thus Thom's attempt to reset and re- boot the group. In any case, I agreed and we scheduled our first meeting at a spring IPC meeting in Florida in 1992. I was very much honored to have been asked to take the leadership role and even more so when Thom set the stage by inviting only managing directors, presidents and CEOs of the key suppliers at the time to join the initial group. The thinking was that the members of by Dan Feinberg FeIn-lIne aSSOcIateS Inc. feiN-liNes A Brief History of the Inception of IPC Expo FeATure ColuMn

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