Hande Meissner Is Elected President of IDEA

Image The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) announces the election of Board Officers for the 2016-2017 term. The Officers were elected by the IDEA Board of Trustees and began serving their terms earlier this month. Hande Meissner was elected President. Meissner has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and is the Vice President of Operations of NexGen Digital, Inc., an IDEA Member since 2003. Hande also serves on numerous IDEA Committees and is providing leadership as Co-Chair for the creation of a new purchasing guidelines standard specific to the open market.


“I am excited and honored to take on this role,” Meissner said. “I look forward to working with all IDEA Members to deliver on our vision and to help accelerate initiatives much needed in our industry.”

The Board also elected Brian Wilson as Vice President. Wilson has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013 and is the Executive Vice President of MicroRam Electronics, Inc., an IDEA Member since 2010. Brian provides key business and industry insight to IDEA from his many years of experience in the global open market.

“I am honored and excited to help guide IDEA in the next chapter of its already great history,” Wilson stated. “I look forward to continuing the development of valuable products and services for the electronics industry.” Homayoun (Homey) Shorooghi was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Shorooghi is a founding Member of IDEA and is the President of Advanced MP Technology. Shorooghi, with his vast industry experience as well as his previous experience on the Board and as Secretary/Treasurer, has been a great contributor to the success of IDEA and its mission.

“I am honored to be part of the IDEA management team for the 2016-2017 fiscal year,” Shorooghi noted. “I will work hard for a balanced budget that can support our goals and activities.” Lia Shore, Executive Director of IDEA, is enthusiastic about this year’s Officers and their tenure to come.  “Each newly elected Officer is a proven successful business leader in his or her own right, and IDEA is fortunate to have their collective talents applied to the pursuit of IDEA’s mission, especially during a time of exciting growth and development. I have a great deal of earned trust in and respect of these individuals, and I look forward to our work together,” Shore stated.

Shore and the Officers will work together with the Board of Trustees in the coming year as they continue to expand IDEA products and services to the industry by developing policy, standards, and best practices for issues that occur within and affect the open market as well as the education, training, and certification programs that will effectively address them.

IDEA would like to acknowledge the preceding President, Paul Romano, for his years of leadership.  Romano shall continue to serve on the Board of Trustees. The Officers have already held their first meeting and will meet at regular intervals going forward, further ensuring a proactive leadership body.

For more information, visit www.IDofEA.org.

About IDEA: The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) is a global trade association comprised of organizations dedicated to quality initiatives that provide Responsible Procurement Solutions™ to the supply chain. IDEA seeks to fulfill this mission through sustained leadership in the implementation of quality standards, certifications, best practices, and counterfeit detection methods as well as the cooperation and education of all stakeholders through the development and dissemination of relevant standards, training, and certification programs that promote industry quality, knowledge, and integrity. IDEA has published IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market, the first and leading quality inspection standard for electronic components distributed in the Open Market; developed the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam, which continues to garner industry recognition for providing a validated source for the demonstration of competency in inspection techniques, knowledge of industry best practices and standards, and research skills; published IDEA-QMS-9090: Quality Management System Standard for Independent Distributors of Electronics Association Members, a commercial Standard that establishes specific requirements and practices Independent Distributors of electronic components can use to help address the unique aspects of the Open Market; and provides a comprehensive Training Program that offers the knowledge necessary to safely procure from the Open Market and detect substandard or counterfeit characteristics.

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