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.
    Charles Bauer
    Senior Managing Director
    TechLead Corporation
    Tom Borkes
    The Jefferson Project
    Scott Buttars
    Joan Carroll
    Manufactuer's Representative
    Richard Coyle
    Michael Dickey
    SMTA Chapter Advisor - Retired
    MTD Associates
    Gary Freedman
    Colab Engineering, LLC
    Steve Greathouse
    Sr. Staff Microelectronics Engineer
    Plexus Corp.
    Hal Hendrickson
    Sales Director - Global Accounts (X-ray)
    Nordson Test and Inspection
    Richard Henrick
    Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance Manager
    Sanmina Corporation
    Eileen Hibbler
    Account Executive
    TEK Products
    Rodney Howell
    Libra Industries, Inc.
    Jennie Hwang
    H-Technologies Group
    Rajeev Kulkarni
    Business Development
    Electronics & Automation
    David Larson
    Sales Representative
    TEK Products
    Marilyn Lawrence
    Conformance Technologies, Inc.
    Dale Lee
    Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer
    Plexus Corp.
    Ankan Mitra
    Supply Chain Manager - Global Sourcing
    WEAMG Electronic Solutions Pvt Ltd
    Eric Moen
    VP of Sales and Marketing
    Akrometrix, LLC
    Michael Newman
    Process Engineer
    Harris Corporation
    Matt Olson
    Sales Manager
    Practical Tools/Practical Components
    Kathy Palumbo
    Production Analysis & Learning Services, LLC (PA&LS, LLC)
    Pratish Patel
    Electronic Interconnect
    Carol Primdahl
    Global Sales Director
    Krypton Solutions
    Scott Priore
    Senior Manager, Mfg. Engineering
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    David Raby
    STI Electronics, Inc.
    Jack Reinke
    Regional Sales Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Roy Starks
    Manager, Program Mangement
    Libra Industries
    Frances Stewart
    VP Sales & Marketing
    UP Media Group
    Gary Tanel
    Business Development
    Libra Industries
    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 952.920.7682
    Fax 952.926.1819