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The annual “Top 100 people influencing electronics manufacturing services (EMS)” – 2012

Our ‘best of’ list of the individuals who make the largest impressions.

The Top 100 People Influencing EMS - 2012


WHO ARE THE TOP PEOPLE influencing the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry the most and how exactly do you define influential?

Making this list is not an easy process. Does ‘influential’ mean the best or brightest people who manage OEM in-house builds; contract their product programs and operations with EMS providers, move markets or control the most MCOGs; impact consumers, inspire others or create debate? In one word, yes.

Not just anyone can accomplish a task to create a list of this magnitude, but we felt we could rise to the occasion. In the process, we reached out to dozens of colleagues and asked for input and suggestions as we created our ‘best of’ list of individuals who make the largest impressions. Several people contributed to helping us create and organize this list.

The result is our list of 100 EMS influencers recognizing academicians; service providers, entrepreneurs, executives, law makers, investors and many others who are leading initiatives or influencing electronics manufacturing operations in some way to also influence and prepare clients; organizations, industries or nations to make better decisions to meet the challenges facing today’s technology decision makers.

Although our decidedly un-scientific list is organized numerically, in assembling this list we focused more on who is and is not included for the sake of diversity. But even a list of 100 can leave room for desire.

We hope you enjoy this collection of influencers affecting the global EMS industry. If you have any suggestions we welcome your comments.

Without further delay, we bring you ‘The top 100 people influencing EMS’ for 2012, in reverse order:


100. Frank Hasbun
A senior buyer with EMS provider CTS Electronics Manufacturing Solutions, Hasbun’s name has surfaced several times with folks we talked with when creating this list, primarily for Hasbun’s customer service and proactive temperament and problem solving skills. (See, also: #58)

99. David Douthit
Based in Silicon Valley, Douthit is a logistics and supply chain executive with Accenture and expert in reverse logistics, a growing market for EMS providers as the trend for full service EMS and ODM offerings includes more high margin back-end supply chain services. Douthit has 20-plus years in third-party logistics; sourcing and procurement, warehousing and repair operations, service parts logistics and contract electronics manufacturing. Part of Douthit’s expertise involves helping companies understand the total landed cost of returns.

98. Susan Filz
Filz is director of industry programs and professional development at IPC. Filz’s influence at IPC and industry contacts lead to her key role in administering IPC’s EMS program manager training and certification program. And, we all know that good EMS program managers add real value to any OEM-EMS relationship while bad program management, well, are just bad. Our hat is off to Susan for helping electronics OEMs and EMS providers, alike, to vastly improve their management of electronics outsourcing programs and relationships. (See, also: #50, #58#66)

97. Adam Hocherman
Hocherman is president of American Innovative, a growing consumer technology products company Hocherman founded based on the concept of bringing products to market that should exist, but don’t. Following online publication of a very detailed and personal written account of an EMS experience in Asia Hocherman had while contract manufacturing one of his firm’s products, we’ve heard from countless tech product entrepreneurs that it was not until reading Hocherman’s article they felt inspired (with much improved confidence) to set out and fulfill their own dreams of bringing their tech products to market. On behalf of everyone we talked with…thanks, Adam.

96. Jan Husdal
Based in Norway, Husdal is a respected voice of reason on supply chain infrastructure who actively blogs on issues that connect supply chain risk, business continuity and transport vulnerability. When not set up or working properly, infrastructure is one of the key components causing EMS supply chains to falter, especially in emerging EMS regions or areas with political instability. Husdal regularly posts matter-of-fact reviews to his husdol blog domain on papers, books and websites dealing with infrastructure risk that will give any EMS supply chain manager reason to pause.


VO Top 100 EMS Influencer-2012


95. Jim Tompkins
Tompkins is founder, president and CEO of Tompkins International. The firm has been around for 35 years and has a technology and electronics practice. Tompkins views shareholder value as being driven by profitable growth, margin improvement and capital efficiency with all three of these having a tremendous impact on the way supply chains are designed, executed and managed. Tompkins has published an interesting top ten list of issues and opportunities technology companies often face that is worth reading. A prolific speaker, Tompkins has spoken at more than 4,000 international engagements.

94. JoAnn Stromberg
Stromberg is executive administrator at the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). To Stromberg’s credit SMTA has grown to become one of the most prominent volunteer-driven organizations serving the worldwide electronics manufacturing industry. With focus on electronics research, packaging and manufacturing at some SMTA conferences, under Stromberg’s direction, SMTA has also discussed outsourcing, EMS vendor management and has begun incorporating some information on EMS industry research, leadership and program management techniques in SMTA conferences and programs, as well.

93. Daniel Lee
Lee is director, purchasing / global materials and supply chain at AsteelFlash Group. A long-time procurement specialist with nearly 20 in purchasing and supply chain management with half that time devoted to the EMS side of the equation, Lee brings to AsteelFlash Group, and the EMS industry, an history of understanding regarding the concerns and specific material issues in the supply chain important to both OEMs and EMS providers.

92. Mitch Free
Free is founder, president and CEO at, the largest global online marketplace for the manufacturing community connecting buyers and suppliers of manufactured products from around the world. While the dollar value of the majority of manufacturing engagements in Free’s manufacturing platform involve casting, molding and fabrication the site’s business does have a relatively small dollar value level of activity related to electronics manufacturing / EMS. No one can deny Free is a visionary leader.

91. Jie (Michael) Liu
China’s electronics industry is moving away from assembly of low-end technology products to the design and manufacture of higher value-add products. With China’s electronics market growing, innovation from Chinese companies requires design and sourcing support at basic circuitry levels. This means increased knowledge demand for passive and electromechanical and discrete components. In steps Michael Lie, CEO with Electronic Components Technology Network offering program networks, circuit protection and electromagnetic compatibility seminars, energy-saving design workshops and more, all to help Chinese design engineers (hobbyists, OEM, EMS, ODM) innovate and improve efficiency.

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