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November 17, 2009 - Under IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification program, 12 individuals are newly certified EMS program managers and can add CEPM designation behind their names. Training program, developed with input from IPC EMS Management Council, teaches and tests specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, time management, and leadership. CEPM status is earned after successfully completing courses, passing final exam, and satisfying work experience requirements.

Twelve EMS Program Managers Earn Coveted IPC Certification

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IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
3000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL, 60015

Press release date: November 13, 2009

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, November 13, 2009 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces that 12 individuals are newly certified EMS program managers, under the IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification program, and can add the coveted "CEPM" designation behind their names. The 12 new certified EMS program managers are:
o Shawn Burns, EIT, LLC
o Teri McDonald, Key Electronics, Inc.
o Steven Schumaker, Key Electronics, Inc.
o Donald Punchak, Libra Industries Inc.
o Sunil Patel, M-Flex (Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc)
o Ron Zeek, Nova Engineering Inc.
o Alan Gehring, Plexus
o Jeremy Gong, Plexus
o Roy Russell, Plexus
o Abraham Thomas, Plexus
o Lori Simonds, Silicon Forest Electronics, Inc.
o Andrea Goebel, Tri-Onics Inc.

The training program, developed with input from the IPC EMS Management Council, teaches and tests specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, time management and leadership. The comprehensive training program is designed for experienced managers, new managers and managers in training within the EMS industry and is broken into four segments: Introduction to EMS Training and Program Management; EMS Training I (self-study/online tutorial); EMS Training II; and EMS Leadership Training. CEPM status is earned after successfully completing the program's series of courses, passing a final certification exam and satisfying work experience time requirements.

"When an EMS program manager is properly trained and certified, the benefits to the individual, their company and the industry as a whole are numerous. When they better understand the industry, they can identify key issues important to their OEM customers, apply successful problem-solving techniques to specific EMS situations, work toward meeting their organization's goals and reaffirm their commitment to quality customer service," said Susan Filz, IPC director of industry programs.

For EMS program managers wanting to undergo training and ultimately earn certification, IPC is hosting a training course, "Introduction to EMS Training and Program Management," January 15-16, 2010 in San Diego. To register, visit

For more information on the IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification Program, visit or contact Ariella Greenberg, IPC industry programs coordinator, at +1 847-597-2879 or

About IPC
IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnect industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.
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