Celebrating JoAnn Stromberg

JoAnn Stromberg

Last year the SMTA celebrated its 30th anniversary. Over 400 people helped us commemorate our years of innovation, development, and success. This year we have another milestone to celebrate. Please join us at SMTA International as we honor JoAnn Stromberg for her 29 years of SMTA leadership, and wish her well on her retirement as Executive Administrator.

This very special celebration will be held Tuesday night, September 29, 2015 during SMTA International. The evening starts with a hosted reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:45. The cost is $35 per person. The party will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont.

The party is sold out and tickets are no longer available.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Greg and Denyse Evans H.B. Fuller Indium Corporation Juki Kyzen Corporation Libra Industries Plexus Corporation STI Electronics, Inc.

Send a Postcard

As a token of her service to all of our members all over the world, we are requesting you bring or mail a postcard from your part of the world with a personal message to JoAnn. Even if you can't attend the party, a note from you would make this occasion extra special! Postcards can be mailed to SMTA, 5200 Willson Road Suite 215, Edina, MN 55424 USA. Alternatively you can email a digital postcard to ryan@smta.org.

Please share anecdotes and special memories using the message board below and we will use them at the event.

Wish JoAnn a happy retirement:

On Apr 18, 2016 wrote:

On Apr 18, 2016 wrote:

On Sep 30, 2015 Jim McElroy wrote:
Hope that you get to have a long and pleasurable retirement.

Enjoy your increased time with family and friends.

On Sep 28, 2015 Sammy Yi wrote:
Dear JoAnn,

Even though I could not be at this party in person with you but my mind and heart is there along with our industry colleagues and friends celebrating your retirement.

We all knew how dear and close the SMTA is close to your heart. I can imagine how hard it is for you to decide retiring from SMTA – an extremely successful organization which you have personally nurtured and built throughout most of your professional life. But you should feel very proud and extremely fulfilled to go into the retirement knowing that you have made long lasting positive influence and impact on this great organization, on our industry and on countless individuals like me.

I still remember that day from almost 20 years ago when you flew into San Jose and met me in a hotel lobby along with Rich Frieberger asking me to take the lead of Silicon Valley SMTA chapter. I was just starting my career in EMS industry, young, energetic but unconfident and inexperienced. Your confidence and warm welcome has encouraged me to take on something I could not even dream of at the time. Over last 20 years, our industry has changed and I have grown both professionally and personally. Looking back, I am forever thankful and appreciative for that day and your confidence in me which has changed my life. JoAnn, you are the person with unique magic to attract people, to encourage people and to motivate people regardless of the ethnic and cultural background. I still remember you and I travelled to China for the first time in pursuing the establishment of SMTA China chapter. You have made so many friends and supporters for SMTA in China even without speaking the Chinese. Your impact is beyond the professional field. My daughters still remember you that you have send them the greeting cards and gifts during the most difficult time in their childhood. You have made all of us and our children felt as part of one big family. You are unique and you are magical.

I and my wife Lily sincerely wish you a wonderful and enjoyable retirement life. You deserve it.

Best regards

Sammy Yi | ON Semiconductor, Image Sensor Group Vice President, Strategic Business Development 2660 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134, US O 408-660-2652 | M 408-667-5698 Email syi@aptina.com

On Sep 27, 2015 Mathias Nowottnick wrote:
Dear JoAnn, congratulations, I wish you all the best in retirement, enjoy the time with your family! Your enthusiasm is catching, so you've made friends all over the world. Thank you so much!

On Sep 22, 2015 MARK MCMEEN wrote:

On Sep 21, 2015 Cheryl Campbell wrote:
JoAnn, I wanted to wish you the best in your retirement. It's been many years ago we worked closely to start the Huntsville Chapter SMTA, in the early 1990s. The first several years were a pretty awesome experience. I appreciate all your help and guidance with this and the many other years you have been helping grow the chapter here in Huntsville.

Thanks so much for all your support!


On Sep 8, 2015 Sheldon Stewart wrote:
Hello JoAnn,

I have been an SMTA member now for 10 years. I have been extremely impressed with you and the entire team back at national. The competence, friendliness genuine sense of caring that you have demonstrated and imparted onto your team is second to none. You will be greatly missed by us all but I am confident that the culture that you have fostered will remain for years to come. I wish you a happy and relaxing retirement!

Sheldon Stewart, Plexus Corp., Boise Site Process Engineer

On Aug 13, 2015 Jennifer Read wrote:
Congratulations and enjoy your retirement! It's great!

Jennifer Read

On Jul 31, 2015 Mumtaz Bora wrote:
HiJoAnn, I wish you a very Happy Retirement. We will certainly miss working with you. Your dedication, support, advise and counsel has kept SMTA going. Best Wishes for your new phase of life and hope retirement gives you a chance to be"you". Take care and stay in touch , Regards, Mumtaz

On Jul 22, 2015 Glen Herzog wrote:
JoAnn, You have ALWAYS been a pleasure to deal with - even when we may have disagreed. I certainly have pleasant memories of working with you.

I wish you an exciting, and well deserved, retirement.

I look forward to seeing you in late September.

Love Ya!


On Jul 6, 2015 Gary Tanel - Dallas Chapter and BOD 1996-2002 wrote:
I have grown to know and love JoAnn's passion for the association for the past 22 years. Our family culture is set by the rudder. Even though board members change as they move through their terms, the rudder provides the continuity from year to year.

Thank you JoAnn You will always have a place in out hearts and the great culture you put in place will continue.

On Jul 4, 2015 Kathy Palumbo wrote:
P.S. I forgot to mention Congrats and Happy Retirement!! You have earned it!

On Jul 4, 2015 Kathy Palumbo wrote:
JoAnn we are really going to miss you! Your ability to lead and treat everyone as an equal has been an inspiration to me from day one and I have learned so much. I know you have found a suitable replacement and the SMTA will go on, but I doubt it will be the same without your wonderful smile and kind leadership.

On Jun 24, 2015 Dale Lee wrote:
Hello JoAnn,

Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. I am very happy for you! It has been a great pleasure to work with you all these years and to see how you have helped the SMTA to be what it is today!!!!

I wish you the very best with your retirement. I know that you are leaving the office staff and organization in good hands.

Very Happy Retirement!


On Jun 11, 2015 Kirsten Weide-Zaage wrote:
Dear JoAnn, all the best wishes and a lot of wonderful years in retirement from Hannover. Thanks for the warm wellcome and the women reception on the SMTA 2011 in Orlando as well as on the following PanPacs. Best organzied conferences concerning evaluation and feedback! Kirsten

On May 27, 2015 Jerry Karp wrote:
I love Chucks comment. "Special glue" I think you were more like the Bondo, got to be old to know that product, that kept us from falling apart..Even Duct tape has nothing on you!

On May 21, 2015 Chuck Richardson wrote:
Congratulations on your well deserved retirement. You have been the special glue and motivating presence that the SMTA has needed over these last 29 years to continue to grow and prosper. It has been a pleasure to work with you during many of those years and I hope your retirement brings you much enjoyment and happiness. I know spending more time with your grandchildren will bring you untold happiness:) We will miss you greatly.

On May 21, 2015 Alex Schreiner wrote:
Congratulations on your retirement - you made it ;-)

On May 21, 2015 Greg Vance wrote:

That's exciting news for you! I wish you the best in your retirement. Thank you for all your help and encouragement over the years. We will miss your smile:)

Sincerely, Greg Vance

On May 16, 2015 Dr.Rosalind Lui wrote:
You certainly deserves an Oscar. Keep in touch even after retirement. I just got back from Boston Dr.Rosalind Lui President SMTA Singapore Chapter

On May 15, 2015 Mike Martel wrote:
How the time flies!

Goodness knows you have earned your retirement, having worked so hard over the years.

SMTA would never, ever have become the wonderful organization that it did without your tireless efforts, skill, and guidance, you and ultimately your team. In the end, you were absolutely the perfect candidate to launch and grow the SMTA into the world-leading, industry-leading trade organization that it has become. I don't believe that anyone else could have done it better. Sometimes, the right person in the right place at the right time with the right talents makes all the difference in the world.

The SMTA has had an enormous influence on the industry, advancing technology, American competitiveness, and just so many careers and lives have been made around it. More so than ISHM, or IMAPS, which really served the hybrid/military interests and turned their noses up at SMT when the technology of SMT on epoxy glass boards was first coming out.. I remember that. And unlike IPC, which was originally founded as a price-fixing organization for bare PCBs, SMTA was founded (if I recall correctly) for the pure purpose of advancing the new SMT assembly technology and helping people learn it and do it better. It was and is an un-selfish raison d'etre. And over the years, the SMTA took the lumps (and survived them) from other organizations with less than stellar motives, but you kept to the high road, always, and that is what matters.

Every vessel on a voyage needs a good skipper. There will be smooth waters and rough waters, and if the boat is built well, she will manage well and take the seas as they come. A good crew is always critical, but it's the skipper who guides, navigates, and makes the difference between a prosperous voyage and just getting there - or not even. You have been a very good skipper for the SMTA JoAnn.

I hope you will look back and take pride in all that you have done, because you have truly made a difference.

See you out at SMTAI this fall!

On May 14, 2015 Lenora Toscano wrote:

Though I do not have the same number of years with you as many of the others on the Technical Committee, you have made a lasting impression on me.  I have attended the SMTA for about 15 years and have always considered you a great resource and point of comfort when having to do a presentation.  You are always so accommodating, sometimes the littlest things make us more comfortable.

I wish you all the best in retirement and see your time with your husband as a gift that you will treasure and be glad you made the personal time to be with him more.  I look forward to celebrating with you at SMTA.

Warmest regards, Lenora

On May 14, 2015 Kola Akinade wrote:
Congratulations on your pending retirement. Thank you for all that you have done for me and the organization as a whole. You are a great leader and a mentor. It has been a joy and honor for me to have worked with you. You are one-of-a-kind and we’ll surely miss you. Thanks for all that you have done. Enjoy your retirement.


On May 14, 2015 Soeren Noerlyng wrote:
JoAnn, You have been one of the nicest and most caring persons I have met in the industry. I learned this as presenter at the first PanPacific Conference in Oahu in 1996 organized by ISHM and SMTA. I was astonished by the true care you showed all before, during and after the conference. Informing of small but important details, helping where you could to make the exotic but difficult trip to this unforgettable location flawless. I have met you since 1996 every year at the PanPacific conferences in Hawaii but also at conferences and exhibitions in USA and Europe where I always was met by your big smile and service minded attitude. Always caring, helpful and dedicated. You have been the best conference organizer and best promoter of an organization (SMTA) I have ever met! It has also been a great pleasure to have met Bert at the PanPacific events. This has also helped to create this important family atmosphere that is so unique for this conference. Thank you for all your support over the years! I wish you all the best in your new role. THANK YOU. Soeren

On May 13, 2015 Reza Ghaffarian wrote:
Wow! Wow!, Wow! And Bravo!, Bravo!, Bravo! JoAnn, I have those words for you. Wow! Is for your all years of support of us and SMTA, the larger family, and Bravo! for your courage to set aside time for your smaller family. Either way, you have been and you are great and you will be missed by SMTA members and myself. Best wishes and health for you and your husband and thanks again for all years of help

On May 13, 2015 Robert Kinyanjui wrote:
Sad to see you leave JoAnn. You made SMTA what it is today--a preeminent technical association in electronics manufacturing industry! Your patience, commitment and dedication saw the association grow from strength to strength, year-in and year-out. Best wishes in your retirement.

On May 13, 2015 Ray Whittier wrote:

On May 12, 2015 Dick Russell wrote:

I sincerely wish you the best in your retirement, knowing you and everyone in the SMTA was the best part of my career. Starting the Atlanta chapter, the Expo, supporting local charities was so far out of my "comfort zone", but you and your fantastic staff allowed me to step up and grow. I always felt the SMTA was a group of friends who worked at different companies together. I want to thank you for your help and support over the years.


Dick Russell

On May 12, 2015 Bill Barthel wrote:
You aren't retired yet! :-)

On May 12, 2015 Jerry Karp wrote:
No more endless meetings!!!

On May 12, 2015 Randy Schueller wrote:
You will be greatly missed! For all these years, you have been the face of SMTA and most of the energy behind it. I presented my first paper in about 1995 and ever since you have encouraged more papers. Us folks in industry needed that kind of encouragement (the kind you were so effective at giving), otherwise the years would go by with us stuck in our cubicles. Thank you so much for your commitment to SMTAi. You have done amazing things for the people and the electronics industry. You made this group a family.

On May 12, 2015 Marie Cole wrote:
We all love you and wish you & Bert the very best! It won't be the same without you, of course, but the SMTA and SMTAI will do just fine as Tanya takes the reins. We better order a crate of tissue boxes for the Tuesday night extravaganza - not only for the tears of sadness at the parting of friends, but I'm sure Rod and Greg will also have us laughing to tears at all the wonderful memories.

On May 12, 2015 Bob Willis wrote:
There is just One Joann Stromberg!!

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