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Meeting with congressional leadership, peers, competitors—it’s all valuable, according to Bhawnesh Mathur, president and CEO of Creation Technologies. Here are his thoughts on the benefits of the event after the close of the first day of IMPACT Washington D.C.
Patty Goldman: Bhawnesh, tell me about your day here at IMPACT. How was it for you?
Bhawnesh Mathur: There are so many good things that come out of these annual IMPACT events. First of all, I feel like it’s always important to partner with our political leaders. Their interests and our interests are the same. We want to see the economy grow. We want to find jobs. We want to move technology forward. I think when people have aligned interests, they should meet, talk and find ways of working together. It’s always good to do that.
The specific issues that we talked about today will help us get better aligned. It’s not an overnight thing, but for the last several years that we've been coming here we've learned to speak with each other. We’ve developed credibility with each other. We’ve actually shared accomplishments with each other that we can celebrate and so on. Every time we come here I think we move the ball forward and that’s a good thing.
I also enjoy meeting all of my peers, and suppliers and competitors. I think it’s pretty cool that we can be competitors in the morning and come here and work together on behalf of the industry, and that benefits everybody. Obviously we're trying to win against each other on certain days, but if our industry doesn't win, we don’t win. I feel a sense of urgency to do everything we can to help the electronics and manufacturing industries grow and get some of the benefits.
Goldman: How many years have you been coming to IMPACT?
Mathur: I think this is my fourth or fifth year.
Goldman: Do you recall what prompted you to attend the first time?
Mathur: I do remember. I was in Denver, Colorado then, and I thought if I met my politicians, my senators, and my congress people, I could do more with them in Denver. I came and advocated on behalf of my company at that time. I told them, if you help me I can create jobs here, and I asked them if they could help my company get economic relief in this or that way. And we started a dialogue, and it actually helped. It didn’t solve all of our problems of course, but it was enough to get me started. I also began to network with their connections and that helped too. So I definitely benefited from attending the first time.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of SMT Magazine.