Ambassador Program

Contact: Michelle Ogihara

What is an Ambassador?
SMTA Ambassadors are representatives of the SMTA who seek to grow membership. All Ambassadors should understand the mission statement of the SMTA and know the general membership categories and benefits offered.

SMTA Mission Statement
The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

Expectations of Ambassadors
The Ambassador program has been implemented with the same spirit of volunteerism that the SMTA was first founded on and members should not expect remuneration or reimbursement for costs incurred on behalf of the program. The program is based upon "spreading the good word and providing good will" to all potential and future members of the SMTA globally.

Who Qualifies as Ambassador?
All chapter level officers, Board directors, SMTA staff, and members as long as each person is a member in good standing within the association. The program is open to all members through referral by a chapter officer and a member of the Board of Directors by email. Approval of new SMTA Ambassadors will be conducted by Membership Directors and BOD.

Ambassador Provisions
Provisions consist of membership packets that include benefits offered for each member category, membership application, a presentation CD, and soft copy information with templates for emails and letters that can be personalized by each Ambassador to promote membership into the SMTA. Includes training sessions on how to implement presentations at chapter meetings, company visits, other SMTA or industry-related events.

SMTA Ambassador Criteria

  • Do you have the opportunity to meet with industry colleagues? Are you in sales? Active in your community or local chapter?
  • Do you travel domestically or internationally? You would be an ideal candidate!
  • A strong belief in the SMTA mission and benefits
  • Commit to obtaining at least two individual memberships or one corporate membership per year.
  • SMTA Ambassador Club
    Yes, Ambassadors will have a Club! This Club offers Ambassadors moral support and acknowledgement that you have really contributed to the SMTA growth and well-being. That's really just about it but it sounds nice, doesn't it? Actually, we will meet annually at the SMTAI to exchange ideas and have some fun too.

    SMTA Ambassadors Committee


    SMTA Ambassadors Meeting at SMTAI

    SMTA Ambassadors are representatives of the SMTA who seek to grow membership. All Ambassadors should understand the mission statement of the SMTA and know the general membership categories and benefits offered.

    Read more about the SMTA Ambassador Program and download an informational powerpoint.

    Committee Members:

    Michelle Ogihara
    Committee Chair
    Senior Sales Manager
    Seika Machinery, Inc.
    Martin Anselm
    Assistant Prof.
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
    Charles Bauer
    Senior Managing Director
    TechLead Corporation
    Tom Borkes
    The Jefferson Project
    Scott Buttars
    William Capen
    Sr Manufacturing Engineer
    Honeywell FM&T
    Debbie Carboni
    Global Product Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Bill Cardoso
    Creative Electron, Inc.
    Richard Coyle
    Nokia Bell Labs
    Michael Dickey
    SMTA Chapter Advisor - Retired
    MTD Associates
    Steve Greathouse
    Sr. Staff Microelectronics Engineer
    Plexus Corp.
    Richard Henrick
    Senior Quality Engineer
    Sanmina Corporation
    Eileen Hibbler
    Sales Representative
    EAP Florida
    Rodney Howell
    Libra Industries, Inc.
    Jennie Hwang
    H-Technologies Group
    Tim Jensen
    Senior Product Manager, Engineered Solder Materials
    Indium Corporation
    Matt Kelly
    Senior Technical Staff Member
    Jeffrey Kennedy
    Strategy & Business Manager
    ZESTRON Corporation
    Joan Kennedy
    Manufacturer's Representative
    REStronics Florida
    Robert Kinyanjui
    Staff Product Engineer
    Deere & Company
    Edward Knutson
    CEO / Founder
    Rajeev Kulkarni
    Business Development
    Electronics and Automation
    Anthony LaManna
    Manufacturing Engineer
    David Larson
    Larson Consulting Services
    Marilyn Lawrence
    Conformance Technologies
    Dale Lee
    Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer
    Plexus Corp.
    Ankan Mitra
    Engineering Manager
    WEAMG Electronic Solutions Pvt Ltd
    Eric Moen
    Automotive Business Manager
    AIM Solder
    Michael Newman
    Process Engineer
    Matt Olson
    Sales Manager
    Practical Components
    Kathy Palumbo
    PA&LS, LLC
    Pratish Patel
    CTO & EMS Business Developer
    Electronic Interconnect
    Carol Primdahl
    Scott Priore
    Senior Manager, Mfg. Engineering
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    David Raby
    STI Electronics, Inc.
    Jack Reinke
    Regional Sales Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Sal Sparacino
    Sales and Marketing Manager
    ZESTRON Corporation
    Roy Starks
    Director, Program Management
    Libra Industries, Inc.
    Gary Tanel
    Business Facilitator
    Electronics Alliance
    Gregory Vance
    Sr. Project Engineer
    Rockwell Automation

    Photos from the last meeting:

    SMTA Ambassadors SMTA Ambassadors - Krissy and Michelle SMTA Ambassadors - Michelle and Dave SMTA Ambassadors - Michelle and Eileen SMTA Ambassadors - Michelle and Gary

    Join the Committee:

    To join this committee, please send an email to the current SMTA Director of Membership.

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

    Phone +1 952.920.7682
    Fax +1 952.926.1819