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Read our Spring chapter newsletter!

The 2017 Spring newsletter recaps the 21st Annual SMTA Atlanta Expo which took place in April. Read about the equipment showcase, scholarship recipients, charity raffle, and learn about the expert speakers featured at the one-day event.  Plus, information about our June 1st meeting, featuring a panel discussion on PCB materials.

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SMTA Atlanta Chapter June Meeting

PCB Materials Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ASM Assembly Systems  

3975 Lakefield Court

Suite 106

Suwannee GA 30024

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Panelist / Speaker

John Fatcheric, - COO Oak-Mitsui

Starting out as a chemical process engineer, John has worked in a variety of technical, operations and general management roles.  John is a seasoned executive with 30+ years in electronics industry with the majority of his career spent in copper foil & copper clad laminates manufacturing.


Denis McCarthy Jr., Technical Sales Account Manager, Ventec International.

Denis McCarthy Jr. is responsible for business development activities in the Chicago East Territory selling and supporting all product lines. With his particular knowledge in IMS material/metal core PCB and flex materials/rigid flex PCB, Denis will also play a key role in driving forward the company’s IMS material ranges and Ventec’s latest Thinflex line and No-Flow/Low-Flow prepregs. Having previously worked as Operations and Quality Manager at Ventec’s Chicago facility, Denis re-joins the company with over 25 years of focused industry experience and an in-depth understanding of customer requirements. Denis began his career at Sanmina Corp before moving on to production supervision and management roles at Printed Circuit Corp., Telecom USA Inc. and Time Sensitive Circuits. Most recently, Denis held the position of Engineering Manager at H and T Global Circuits with overall responsibility for process engineering. 

Ronald J Hornsby Jr.  – Isola Group Director of Sales, East Coast and Canada.  

Ron has 35 years of experience in the PCB and Laminate business.  Ron, a native of Ohio and graduate of Kent State University in 1981, worked for the PCB manufacturing companies of ECD and Hadco, in quality and engineering roles, out of college.  He joined Polyclad laminates in 1990, with roles in Technical Account and Product Management.  In joined Isola Laminates, upon Isola acquiring Polyclad Laminates in 2006, where he managed the Tech Account Managers, before moving into Sales management in 2010.  


Gareth Parry -  Aismalibar Chief Field Application Engineer 


Mr. Parry has 25+ years of experience in the PCB industry. He had graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Microelectronics from the University of Bolton, UK. Gareth has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1987.

The PCB Materials Panel discussion will focus on availability, performance, processing and design using today's advanced laminates and foil systems. A recent EIPC Winter Conference in Salzburg, Austria included a panel discussion on this very important topic, addressing the availability of materials and supplies needed to produce the laminates and substrates used to build printed circuit boards

The report from the EIPC Winter Conference stated: 

In response to growing concern from members about cost increases and potential availability restrictions affecting copper-clad laminate and prepreg supplies, the EIPC 2017 Winter Conference in Salzburg included a special panel discussion on critical issues facing the raw materials supply chain for the PCB industry worldwide, particularly the availability of copper foil as a consequence of rapidly increasing demand from the manufacturers of lithium batteries for electric vehicles. 

 Companies participating in the panel discussion on this very important and critical topic include Aismalibar, Isola, Oak-Mitsui and Ventec.

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  • Members - $20
  • Non-Members - $25
  • Full-Time Students - $5
  • Job Seekers - Free

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  • 4:30 p.m. - Registration
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner
  • 5:30 p.m. - Presentation
  • 7:00 p.m. - Meeting Ends 

SMTA Atlanta Chapter Newsletter March 2016

 Below is a link March 2016 news letter. Enjoy!

Atlanta Chapter News Letter Archives

 Below are links to archived news letters. Please click and enjoy!

Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
March 2, 2017
4:30 pm
Chapter Meeting TBD 4046807977   Matt Kehoe
April 19, 2017
10:00 am
21st Atlanta SMTA Expo Infinite Energy Center 4046807977   Matt Kehoe
June 1, 2017
4:30 PM
Atlanta Chapter Meeting TBD 7705974829   Douglas Philbrick
September 7, 2017
Chapter Meeting TBD 404-680-7977   Matt Kehoe
November 2, 2017
4:30 PM
Atlanta Chapter Meeting TBD 7705974829   Douglas Philbrick

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Matthew Kehoe  (Amitron)
Phone : 4046807977
Email :

Vice President : Orlando Kent Parker  (Prime Technological Services, LLC)
Phone : 770-232-7300
Email :

Secretary : Paul Handler  (Rehm Thermal Systems LLC)
Phone : 770-442-8913
Email :

Treasurer : Douglas A. Philbrick  (I. Technical Services)
Phone : 7705974829
Email :

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Scott Hargrove  (Spectrum Staffing)
Phone : 770-476-5758
Email :

VP Technical Programs (Appointed) : Eric J. Moen  (Akrometrix, LLC)
Phone : 404-486-0880
Email :

VP Expo Committee (Appointed) : Frances M. Stewart  (UP Media Group)
Phone : 678-817-1286
Email :

Membership Chair (Appointed) : Steven R. Hughes  (Stone Mountain Tool, Inc.)
Phone : 770-929-0166
Email :

Board Liaison : Richard Henrick (Sanmina Corporation)
Phone Contact : 256-882-4579
Email Address :

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter



ZESTRON Americas

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Akrometrix LLC

ASM Assembly Systems, LLC

ASYS Group Americas Inc.

CMK America Corporation

Count-On Tools, Inc.

Engent, Inc.

I. Technical Services, LLC

Innovative Circuits, Inc.


ITW Contamination Control

Kulicke & Soffa Industries

Lexicon Technologies Inc

Prime Technological Services, INC.

Printed Circuits Corporation

Rehm Thermal Systems LLC

Spectrum Staffing

Stone Mountain Tool, Inc.

Technical Training Corporation


Viscom Inc.

VisiConsult X-Ray Solutions America Corp.

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 Jabil Circuit Sdn. Bhd. Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG Microsoft Corporation NCAB Group USA NEO Technology Solutions Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos ZESTRON Americas

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