ATLANTA — The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) bestowed its highest honor, the Gail S. Carter Award, to Frank Flynn of Sager Electronics. The award acknowledges an electronics industry leader for their significant contributions to the industry and their active role in the association and civic affairs. The presentation was held during the 2011 Executive Conference at the InterContinental O’Hare Chicago Hotel.
ECIA Chairman John Denslinger of Murata Electronics presented the award and acknowledged Mr. Flynn’s significant contributions to the association. Flynn was instrumental in bringing ECA & NEDA together as ECIA. He was an active NEDA and NEDA Education Foundation Board member from 2000 through 2010, where he held every leadership position. He serves on the EDS Board and on the ECIA Board. He is a committed champion of the industry and strives to keep the association at the forefront of the authorized electronic components industry. “Frank is committed to making a difference in the electronic component business”, said Denslinger. “Service to the industry is a high priority.”
In accepting the award, Flynn noted that a highlight of his Board service was “the opportunity to not only meet fellow industry executives, but to get to know them.” “Serving on the NEDA, and now ECIA, Board gave me a larger perspective of the industry.” He acknowledged Bill Feth of Aesco Electronics as an early mentor who encouraged him to get involved on the Board. Flynn also acknowledged Dr. Barry Lawrence of Texas A&M University for the research he has done to advance the industry and how that research had made a difference at Sager. In closing, Flynn issued a challenge to ECIA members to come together and work toward solutions for industry issues.