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72 SMT Magazine • June 2016 Rick Lies is CEO of Chemcut, an equipment supplier to the PCB industry. He's a veteran of the IMPACT Washington, D.C. events and shared his experiences at this year's gathering at the close of Day One. Patty Goldman: Rick, we're at end of Day One here at IMPACT. I've been busy getting everybody's thoughts on the day. How did things go for you today? Rick Lies: It was definitely a full day. As usual, IPC has done a great job of putting together a group of speakers and meetings for us. It's al- ways interesting and informative to come to Washington D.C. and see what our legislators and our representatives are doing and what their thought patterns are. I've been doing this for four or five years, but this year was a little bit different because we had the surrogates from the different candidates come in. I don't think they changed my mind on any of them, but they probably reinforced some things that I already was thinking. They definitely reinforced the fact that things are not going completely smooth for either party. With the meetings that we had, IPC did a good job with the talking points, which are im- portant. The companies here mainly come to support IPC and the customers—the people we sell to. A lot of the things that they were go- ing after, like the Toxic Substance Control Act Making Connections at IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2016 Rick Lies

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