When John W. Mitchell takes over as the new president and CEO of Bannockburn-based IPC on April 23, don't be surprised if you hear him speak Japanese on occasion.
During his late teens, he worked for two years on a church mission in Japan, learning the language and culture. That helped him in later years when he began traveling internationally for work.
Now, he'll be traveling again in Asia, connecting the world to Bannockburn.
"IPC develops programs and services for members in the electronics industry and I plan to accelerate those programs," Mitchell said. "We have offices in China, India, Europe and Russia, so we have a global reach."
Mitchell succeeds Denny McGuirk, who became president of SEMI after 12 years with IPC. Jim Herring, IPC's interim president and CEO, will assist with the transition. IPC changed its name in 1999 from Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits to IPC and represents members of the electronics industry.
Mitchell's background includes management of both nonprofit and electronics industry organizations, such as Bose Corp. and Alpine Electronics of America Inc. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Golden Key International Honour Society, the collegiate honor society, with more than 2 million members from more than 190 nations.
Besides looking at IPC's programs, he'll be asking members to help expand and upgrade the industry standards that they all work by, he said.
In the meantime, he's keeping his wife Meg and their five children in Atlanta until the kids finish the school year in May. He's been looking for a home for all of them around the Bannockburn region, he said.
"IPC is a global leader in not only the education, training and certification arenas, but also on business management and competitiveness issues such as science-based regulations, conflict metals and export control reform. I look forward to working with its board, volunteers and staff in continuing the organization's success," he said.
Terlato meets China
Lake Bluff-based Terlato Wines President and CEO William A. Terlato, a Lake Forest resident, has signed an agreement with Shanghai-based distributor East Meets West Fine Wines to represent Terlato products in China. This comes just weeks after the family partnered with wholesaler Matthew Clark in the United Kingdom and Kohda Winehouse in Japan, all part of expanding globally.
Making the rounds
Kathleen Newhouse and her Park Place Interiors in Geneva is featured in the March/April issue of West Suburban Living Magazine. You can see her work for a client at http://issuu.com/westsuburbanliving/docs/wslmarapr2012 for the complete article starting on page 77. ... Donald Cummings, managing partner of Blue Haven Capital in Geneva, was interviewed in American Express Open Forum regarding the challenges facing today's nonprofit organizations.
Fantasies can come true
Christina Currie of Inverness, event planner and owner of Christina Currie Events Inc., has created fabulous weddings that cost more than $75,000 and even designed a fantasy world around a home for someone's 50th birthday. Now, she's nominated for three NICE Awards at this year's 11th annual award ceremony on April 17 at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. The award combines both the National Association of Catering Executives and International Special Events Society.
"It's a chance to celebrate their lives," Currie said of her work. The high-end wedding was in Inverness where the bride wanted to get married at her grandparents' estate. After the ceremony in the front yard, guests had dinner poolside in the back. While they were eating, the front yard was turned into a nightclub. Another Currie favorite was constructing a tent over an entire Barrington Hills home and creating a fantasyland, despite the cold November day. Currie will be returning from a vacation in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, before arriving at the awards gala.
Crowe Horwath LLP CEO Chuck Allen, based at the accounting firm's Oak Brook headquarters, was named to the 2011 National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100. The organization recognizes the top 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the boardroom. Also, Kevin Wydra of Batavia, partner in the Audit and Financial Advisory practice of Crowe's Oak Brook office, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois CPA Society. It's presented each year to individuals who have made considerable contributions to the society's efforts.
Chris Michalski of Naperville has been appointed as market president for BMO Harris Bank. He will be responsible for the DuPage and Will county markets, including 11 banks in Naperville, Bolingbrook, Glen Ellyn, Lisle and Wheaton. ... Nick Sisto is the new senior vice president of mortgage lending and Marc Kaye as vice president of mortgage loan operations at STC Capital Bank in St. Charles. They're part of the bank's expansion of its home loan division.
Kyle Dodson of Bloomingdale has been promoted to chief compliance officer at Wolf Financial Management in Oakbrook Terrace. ... Larry Anderson of St. Charles has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging in Northeastern Illinois. ... Chris Lawlor, winemaker and co-owner of Galena Cellars for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. Galena Cellars is based in Galena with another store in Geneva.
Dr. Michael McKellar has joined Stephens Chiropractic Center, which has offices in Elgin and Carol Stream. ... Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson was among the dignitaries recognizing Zurich North America's 100th anniversary last week in Schaumburg. Steve Hatch, the company's North America chief claims officer, accepted the proclamation from Larson. ... Nurse Diane Leonard of Bolingbrook was one of five Adventist Midwest Health leaders to receive the organization's Pillar Award. She oversees a staff of 60.
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