Mark Zetter

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My thoughts on ...
What I think about Foxconn
Seems to possess true sense of urgency that runs deep in its culture I've not come across in most other EMS companies today.

The skills I often see lacking in the EMS industry today
I'd like to see more creativity higher up the ladder.

If I could travel back in time and witness any event one would be
Witnessing my father as a young man during any point early in his life when he faced adversity -- watching him navigate through it gracefully.

One of my favorite quotes
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and die with their song still inside them."
--Thoreau

"Life takes you a lot of places. Every day you adjust your compass."
--Brad Kelley

Someone I would most like to sit next to at a dinner party
My father's father. He passed away before I could get to know him.

Some of the countries I have visited for work or play
India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Lebanon, Israel, France, Spain, Germany, UK ...

A helpful travel tip I often use
Visa Mapper
visamapper.com/
See which countries require a visa

The World Factbook
cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/‎
Extensive amount of helpful info per country.

A favorite electronics gadget
iPhone 4

One of my favorite toys as a child
Etch A Sketch

About me ...

Mark is a leading EMS industry analyst on outsourcing electronics. He enjoys discussing regional and global economics and trade policy, especially as they relate to manufacturing and global supply chains. Mark has performed work with a number of regional and foreign state governments and other policy-shaping organizations with interest in these matters.

Mark is founder and CEO of VentureOutsource.com, the #1 resource and community for OEM decision makers online seeking electronics provider services, information on contract electronics services and referral. Mark also fills in as one of the domain's provider advisors to OEM decision makers.

Mark's expertise is backed by a solid understanding of electronics OEM outsourced supply chain operations, various EMS business models, plus real-time intelligence on EMS industry trends and industry cycles across the various and unique market sectors.

Mark has executive-level EMS management experience in manufacturing operations with tier-1, -2 and startup providers. He is in regular discussions with OEMs and companies in industry and is skilled at assessing EMS provider strengths and weaknesses. Mark understands the competitive dynamics in the EMS industry and the nuances of provider differentiation which he leverages to help OEMs better define outsourcing program requirements, match OEM programs with potentially suitable providers, and better understand EMS dialogue and the EMS executive mindset.

Mark's writings have been attributed in academic papers and industry reports and he has appeared as co-host on the televised program 'World Business Review' as an industry expert leading discussions on segments dealing with technology manufacturing challenges in the 21st century.