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Upper Midwest Chapter's 27th Annual SMTA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 11:00 AM
Location: The Wilds Golf Club

August 2, 2018 SMTA Golf Tournament

The 27th Annual SMTA Golf Tournament will be held at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, MN and moving back to a Thursday.  This year we’re going to have a shot gun start at 11:00AM.  The deadline to register is July 19th.  Payments must be received by July 26th to ensure your spot.  The sign-up for the golf tournament is on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 80 golfers.  Below is all the information on this year’s tournament.
What: Twenty-Seventh Annual SMTA Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 @ 11:00AM

The Wilds Golf Club
3151 Wilds Ridge
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(952) 445-3500
Shotgun Start: 11:00AM. Please arrive by 10:00AM for check-in.  Lunch will not be provided.
Registration: Register by Friday, July 19th to Erik Stromberg via email at estromberg@e-tronix.com.  Include your name, company name, telephone #, and your average score for 18 holes. If you have any questions you can reach me at (612) 803-2619.
Fees: $65 for 18 holes. This fee includes golf, cart, prizes, and an early dinner. All fees must be received by Friday, July 26th. No-shows will be invoiced. Space is limited so please make your reservations early.
Checks Payable to: SMTA
Send Checks to:
Erik Stromberg
6333 Cambridge Street
Suite 201
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Tournament: The tournament will consist of a four-person scramble. We will organize the teams based on your golfing caliber in order to make the teams fair. The number of suppliers and users in the four-some will also be taken into consideration. As most of you know from previous years, the tournament will be played in rain or shine unless it is lightning outside, so plan accordingly to the weather conditions.
Dinner:  ASM Assembly Systems and the SMTA local chapter will be sponsoring an early dinner after the tournament for everyone in the clubhouse starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. 
Prizes: Each supplier donating a prize will get a sign at the tee box stating their name and what event the prize is awarded for. Prizes will be presented at the dinner at the end of the tournament. All winners must be present to receive their prize. Please direct all prize offerings to Jeff Kennedy at (612) 902-6259

Hole In One Contest:  A Rolex watch valued at $5000.00 is up for grabs for anyone who can put the ball in the cup.  NO MULLIGANS

Payment Instructions:
Fees: $65 for 18 holes. This fee includes golf, cart, prizes, and an early dinner. All fees must be received by Friday, July 26th. No-shows will be invoiced. Space is limited so please make your reservations early. Checks Payable to: SMTA Send Checks to: Erik Stromberg E-tronix 6333 Cambridge Street Suite 201 St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Questions? Contact:
Erik Stromberg
(612) 803-2619

Todd King from EI Microcircuits Receives 25 Year SMTA Award

Todd King from EI Microcircuits received their 25-year Corporate Membership plaque from SMTA.

If you see someone from EI or Todd, please congratulate them on their membership tenure.


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April 2014 Newsletter
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March/April 2011 Newsletter
February 2011 Newsletter
June 2010 Newsletter
May 2010 Newsletter
April 2010 Newsletter
July 2009 Newsletter - Golf edition
July 2008 Newsletter
June 2008 Newsletter
May 2008 Newsletter
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March 2008 Newsletter
November 2007 Newsletter
May 2007 Newsletter

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
August 2, 2018
11:00 AM
Upper Midwest Chapter's 27th Annual SMTA Golf Tournament The Wilds Golf Club Erik Stromberg 
(612) 803-2619

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Edward A. Knutson  (Dimation)
Phone : 952-746-3030

Vice President : Kris Meacham  (JW Sales)
Phone : 612-807-4382

Secretary : Holly Olsen  (Electronic Systems, Inc.)
Phone : 605-338-6868

Treasurer : Tara Dunn  (Omni PCB)
Phone : 507-332-9932

VP of Technical Programs : Brian Peterson  (All Flex Flexible Circuits)
Phone : 507-663-7162

VP of Membership : Bob Breu  (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
Phone : 507-363-6390

Past President : Michael Havener  (Benchmark Electronics, MN Division)
Phone : 507-452-8932

VP Communications (Appointed) : Alex Zeitler  (NRI Electronics)
Phone : 651-726-1333

Golf Event Coordinator (Appointed) : Erik Stromberg  (E-tronix)
Phone : 612-806-2619

VP of Operations (Appointed) : Sue Blankenheim  (Omni-Tronics Inc.)
Phone : 763-425-7910

Volunteer at Large (Appointed) : Pete Glasspoole  (Benchmark Electronics, MN Division)
Phone : 507-453-4744

Volunteer at Large (Appointed) : John P. Japs  (Tonka Electronics, Inc.)
Phone : 952-831-8969

Board Liaison : Robert Kinyanjui (John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.)
Phone Contact : 701-451-3785

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Creation Technologies Inc.


NEO Technology Solutions

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AbelConn, LLC

All Flex Flexible Circuits

Altron, Inc.

Analog Technologies Corporation


ASC International

Benchmark Electronics, MN Division

Bergquist Company

BTW Inc.

Circuit Check Inc.

Conductive Containers, Inc.

Control Products Inc.

CyberOptics Corporation

Digi International


EI Microcircuits, Inc.

Electronic Systems, Inc.

Fluke Corporation

Great Lakes Engineering

Itron, Inc.

John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.


Logic PD, Inc.

NRI Electronics

Polytronics Technology Corp.

Production Automation Corporation

Raven Industries Inc.

RiverSide Electronics Ltd.

Seagate Technology

Sparton Onyx

TEK Products, Inc.

V-Tek, Inc.

Versa Electronics

Professional Members of our Chapter


Infinite Graphics, Inc.

Rapid Interface

Tonka Electronics, Inc.

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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SMTA Headquarters
6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone 952.920.7682
Fax 952.926.1819