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SMTA International Opens in Rosemont
Rosemont, IL — This year's SMTA International at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont has scheduled its conference for Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, and the exhibition runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2014.

The Opening Keynote Session, titled "The Internet of Everything and the Cisco Connected Supply Chain" will be provided by Jeff Gallinat, Senior Vice President of Cisco Supply Chain Operations on Tuesday, September 30 from 8:00 to 10:00am in Room 46/48.

Gallinat will share on the importance of an Internet of Everything approach that delivers more value to companies than just the Internet of Things. The number of connected devices, sensors, objects and other "things" is expected to grow to over 50 billion by the year 2020. The Internet of Everything, which includes People, Process, Data and Things, brings new opportunities and value in the manufacturing industry through automation, sensors, and data, to name a few. As the executive sponsor of Cisco Supply Chain Innovation, he will also share the current approach for Cisco's Connected Supply Chain and the value to Cisco's customers and shareholders.

Jeff is responsible for the management and execution of all of Cisco's manufacturing operations globally, including assembly, material planning, logistics, supply base, contract manufacturing management, and factory quality. Prior to joining Cisco in 2008, Jeff was Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Lenovo Group. He was a leading operational executive in the initial business integration, and led the design and re-engineering of Lenovo's global operational footprint in China, India, Brazil, US, Mexico, and Central Europe.

Jeff joined Lenovo after a 23-year career with IBM. He spent six years as IBM's General Manager of International Information Products Co (IIPC) in Shenzhen, China, a joint venture between IBM and Great Wall Computer. During this time, IIPC grew into one of China's largest and leading foreign enterprises, achieved a growth rate of over 3,000 percent and became one of the top five exporters in China, with shipments to over 120 companies. Prior to that, Jeff worked for IBM for 17 years in the United States, where he held several leadership assignments in supply chain, engineering, procurement, and planning. Jeff holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended the Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development.

This year the SMTA celebrates 30 years of building skills, sharing practical experience and developing solutions in the industry. SMTA will celebrate with an Anniversary Dinner and Oktoberfest Party during SMTA International at Hofbrauhaus Rosemont on Tuesday, September 30. Tickets are $25 and attendees should register online. The fee covers dinner, drinks, entertainment, and a fun evening of networking.

Technical Sessions are 1.5 hour programs in which three technical papers are presented under the direction of a chairperson. Each paper is presented by its author, and is followed by audience questions.

Session tracks and symposiums are: Advanced Packaging/Components; Evolving Technologies; Conflict Minerals; Harsh Environment Applications; Lead-Free Soldering Technology; Manufacturing Excellence; Process Control; SMT Assembly; and PCB Technology.

Contact: Contact: SMTA, 5200 Willson Rd., Suite 215, Edina, MN 55424 952-920-7682 fax: 952-926-1819 Web:

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