Carolinas (NC, SC)

Durham, NC 

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SMTA Carolinas Chapter 2019 Kickoff Mixer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 05:30 pm
Location: Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC

Join your newly elected Carolinas Chapter Board of Directors as they welcome 2019 with some local craft beers and light fare. 

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we are able to provide two (2) drink tickets and food without any cost to the attendees. 
Doors will open at 5:30 on Wednesday 20 Feb 2019
RSVP today!

What's more, this event is only two week before our first info session. 
On 06 March, the Chapter will explore Conformal Coating technologies including plasma etch, jetting, and two-part auto mixing with PVA at GMI in Mooresville, NC

More information to come...

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Questions? Contact:
Bob Doetzer
919 427 2611

SMTA Carolinas Infosession on Conformal Coating

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 05:30 PM
Location: GMI Manufacturing


On 06 March, we will explore Conformal Coating technologies including plasma etch, jetting, and two-part auto mixing with PVA at GMI in Mooresville, NC

Doors will open at 5:30 on Wednesday 06 March 2019

Preregister and save $5 or pay at the door with credit card, check, or cash

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Questions? Contact:
Bob Doetzer

Welcome 2019!

I am excited to have been re-elected President of the SMTA Carolinas Chapter and look forward to a great 2019! Our goal is to build upon the success and momentum we have from a strong 2018.  Last year, we had great speakers at the meetings across the Carolinas, which led to strong turnout.  We also enjoyed a fun golf outing in October and a sold-out Expo and Technical Forum in May.  Most importantly, I saw many instances where our members met someone who helped them solve a specific problem.  There is nothing better than receiving an email from a member thanking me for the meeting and for the introduction to another member who helped him with a problem. 

The chapter finished 2018 with a December info-session at Kemet in Greenville, SC. The event was well attended with vigorous discussion about the component shortages and its forecasted end. We have posted the presentation highlights on the SMTA website. Speaking of presentations, we are always interested in your input for topics. Please let us know what causes you the most grief in your daily manufacturing challenges. We will try to get an expert in to address that problem. You can contact us via the website or connect with any one of the officers directly.
Our 2018 ended with a great springboard into 2019, which should be our best year ever. In 2019, we plan to have 4 info sessions held throughout the Carolinas: RTP, Charlotte, and Asheville in North Carolina, as well as in Greenville, South Carolina. We strive to broaden our membership and will bring our meetings as close as possible to our chapter membership. We will also host the annual golf outing and Expo again in 2019. Stay tuned for further emails detailing all these events as we finalize the locations and topics.
Our first meeting this year is the 2019 SMTA Carolinas Kickoff at Fullsteam brewery in Durham, NC on February 20th. This will be a fun event allowing us to socialize over local craft beers and fare - just fun, fellowship, and refreshments. The venue has limited spots, so please RSVP early as we expect the event to max out.
I am also very excited to have such a great executive team, which includes:
  • Brent Fischthal – Vice President
  • Luis Sastoque – Treasurer
  • Nick Mescia – VP of Membership
  • John Gosnell – Secretary
  • Robbie Smith – Technical Programs Chairman
  • Ryan Stellhorn – Golf Outing Chairman
The team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board.  Most importantly, they all want to help our membership. Each is committed to making the SMTA Carolinas Chapter a valuable resource for its members.

I look forward to seeing you at an SMTA event in 2019!

Bob Doetzer
SMTA Carolinas Chapter, President

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
February 20, 2019
05:30 pm
SMTA Carolinas Chapter 2019 Kickoff Mixer Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC Bob Doetzer 
919 427 2611
March 6, 2019
05:30 PM
SMTA Carolinas Infosession on Conformal Coating GMI Manufacturing Bob Doetzer 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Bob Doetzer  (Circuit Technology, Inc.)
Phone : 919-552-3434

Vice President : Brent A. Fischthal  (Koh Young)
Phone : 704-651-2860

Secretary : John Gosnell  (Tektone)
Phone : 828-371-7387

Treasurer : Luis M. Sastoque  (TTI, Inc.)
Phone : 919-876-8922

VP of Technical Programs : Robert Smith  (OBM, Inc)
Phone : 704-458-0025

VP of Membership : Nicholas Mescia  
Phone : 919-741-9264

Golf Outing Chairman (Appointed) : Ryan Stellhorn  (Cree)
Phone : 919-407-5116

Board Liaison : Gregory Vance (Rockwell Automation)
Phone Contact : 440-646-3246

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Corporate Members of our Chapter

CTI Systems

General Microcircuits Inc.



InsulFab PCB Tooling

PACE Worldwide


Smart Splice, LLC


Professional Members of our Chapter

LEL Semi

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Amazon Lab126 Celestica, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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