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.
    Kola Akinade
    Technical Leader
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Martin Anselm
    Assistant Prof.
    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
    Raiyo Aspandiar
    Sr. Process TD Engineer
    Intel Corporation
    Bill Barthel
    Manager, Quality Solutions
    Plexus Corp.
    Charles Bauer
    Senior Managing Director
    TechLead Corporation
    Tom Borkes
    The Jefferson Project
    Donald Burr
    Principal Manufacturing Engineer
    Global Traffic Technologies
    Scott Buttars
    William Capen
    Sr Manufacturing Engineer
    Honeywell FM&T
    Debbie Carboni
    North American Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Bill Cardoso
    Creative Electron, Inc.
    Joan Carroll
    Manufacturer's Representative
    REStronics Florida
    Marie Cole
    Distinguished Engineer
    IBM Corporation
    Mark Correa
    Vice President
    Apollos Industries
    Richard Coyle
    Nokia Bell Labs
    Michael Dickey
    SMTA Chapter Advisor - Retired
    MTD Associates
    Gregory Evans
    Indium Corporation
    Tom Forsythe
    Executive Vice President
    KYZEN Corporation
    Steve Greathouse
    Sr. Staff Microelectronics Engineer
    Plexus Corp.
    Richard Henrick
    Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance Manager
    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
    Jerry Karp
    Sales - Retired
    JSK Associates
    Matt Kelly
    Senior Technical Staff Member
    IBM Corporation
    Jeffrey Kennedy
    Director - AME
    Robert Kinyanjui
    Staff Product Engineer
    Deere & Company
    Edward Knutson
    CEO / Founder
    James Kuehn
    Kuehn & Associates
    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.
    Ning-Cheng Lee
    VP Technology
    Indium Corporation
    John Maxwell
    Reliability Engineering Manager - Retired
    Ankan Mitra
    Engineering Manager
    WEAMG Electronic Solutions Pvt Ltd
    Eric Moen
    Automotive Business Manager
    AIM Solder
    Scott Nelson
    Circuit Card Assembly Technologist
    Michael Newman
    Process Engineer
    Kathy Palumbo
    Production Analysis & Learning Services, LLC (PA&LS, LLC)
    Pratish Patel
    CTO & EMS Business Developer
    Electronic Interconnect
    Carol Primdahl
    VP of Business Development
    Krypton Solutions
    Scott Priore
    Senior Manager, Mfg. Engineering
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Viswanadham Puligandla
    Retired Scientist
    Nokia (Retired)
    David Raby
    STI Electronics, Inc.
    Jack Reinke
    Regional Sales Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Richard Russell
    Dick Russell and Associates
    Sal Sparacino
    Sales and Marketing Manager
    ZESTRON Corporation
    Roy Starks
    Manager, Program Mangement
    Libra Industries, Inc.
    David Steele
    Quality Engineer
    StoneAge, Inc.
    Sherry Stepp
    Global Marketing Manager
    KYZEN Corporation
    Irene Sterian
    Manager, Green Technology
    Celestica, Inc.
    Gary Tanel
    Business Facilitator
    Electronics Alliance
    Brian Toleno
    Director of New Technology
    Microsoft Corporation
    Laura Turbini
    Gregory Vance
    Sr. Project Engineer
    Rockwell Automation
    Paul Vianco
    Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
    Sandia National Laboratories
    Jim Walker
    WLP Concepts
    Phil Zarrow
    President & Principal Consultant
    ITM Consulting
    Mike Zurn

    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