This year’s EIPC summer conference marked the 50th anniversary for the organization, and with it, the retirement of longtime EIPC member and industry leader Michael Weinhold. I spoke with Michael on his 50+ years in the industry, and on behalf of everyone at I-Connect007, we wish Michael a pleasant retirement and the best going forward.
Barry Matties: We've just wrapped up the EIPC 50th Anniversary Conference, and we’re not just saying goodbye to today's guests, but you, Michael, are also saying goodbye to the industry today.
Michael Weinhold: After being in the printed circuit board industry for more than 54 years and the EIPC for 50 years—I was there from the beginning—I think it's time to say goodbye. The changes are so fast, and if I'm not working in this field on a day-to-day basis, it is very difficult to keep up with the fast-moving industry. I'm still up to date, but to stay up to date demands too much effort and I have to concentrate on my family.
Matties: What are your plans now?
Weinhold: I have some properties that I have to manage. I have a lot of work to do for my own business. I also do some consulting for friends and a few investment companies that need help because they have no clue what the industry is doing, what the industry needs, which companies they should support, and which companies should not stay in this business. I've done this over the past few years and they have asked me to support some of the projects. This will be a good way for me to stay in touch with the industry. I feel this is not a daily job, you know? I can plan this better with my private activities.
Matties: You’ve certainly been a great contributor to the industry for many years and you will be sorely missed, my friend.
Weinhold: Barry, thank you very much for what you have done for this industry. We should not underestimate this because you kept this industry together by sharing information on a global basis and this industry is global. It's not local, it's not America, it's not Europe, it's not Asia—it is global. I think you have done a tremendous job on this. It’s the whole team that’s done this. We should stay as a family together and you did this very well. Thank you.
Matties: Those were kind words. Thank you and good luck.
Weinhold: Thank you.