Electronics reuse conference



This year we are going to give out THREE awards, the 8th annual Hall of Fame - The Jim Lynch Award as well as two new awards. The Innovation Award and the Newcomer Award. But we need your help nominate someone from the industry who inspires you. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of previous winners and the awards will be announced on at the Tuesday Night Networking Reception!

ERC hall of fame


In recognition of selfless service to the Electronics Reuse Industry and those whose livelihoods depend on it, each year we proudly welcome one or more individuals to the ERC Hall of Fame.


Jim Lynch - 2010

Jim Lynch co-founded the International Computer Refurbisher Summit in 2003, the foundation for what is now the Electronics Reuse Conference. The purpose of the show has always been to bring the industry together to share best practices, talk through the hard stuff and to network. Jim also started and runs the Refurbishers List online community. Over his long career at TechSoup, Jim has created all of TechSoup’s environmental programs, most of which involve electronics refurbishment. He has been interviewed extensively over the years by the Wall St. Journal, National Public Radio, PC World Magazine, and many other news outlets.  As an instrumental figure in our industry, Jim Lynch is our first ERC Hall of Fame member!

Frances Fawcett - 2011

Frances was instrumental in developing and supporting the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher for over 10 years.  She spent countless hours helping and coaching refurbishers all over the world to improve their operations. She has experience in both large global corporations and running a small business, which makes her uniquely qualified and an instrumental figure in the growth of many refurbishers all over the world.



Pat Furr - 2011

Pat Founded Computers for Classrooms in 1991, a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to closing the digital divide by refurbishing donated computers and making them available to schools, low-income families, and other non-profit. She is always available to answer a question or provide input to help the people who make up our industry.  She lead the charge to become the first non-profit in the world to be R2 Certified. Pat’s devotion and passion cannot be matched and our industry would not be the same without her; she is an inspiration to us all.

Willie Cade - 2011


Willie Cade co-founded the International Computer Refurbisher Summit in 2003 alongside Jim Lynch.  In 2010, Willie hired his daughter Sarah to run and grow the event, which eventually became the E-Reuse Conference.  In addition to 13 years of involvement with ERC, Willie ran a computer refurbishing operation for 17 years, started in his basement, and eventually employed over 300 ex-offenders, refurbished over 150,000 devices and was a part of countless efforts to advance the industry.  If it wasn’t for his vision, determination and sacrifice, ERC could not have continued to serve the industry today, and his nomination by fellow inductees is a testament to his service to the industry.


Ryan McDowell, Bob Townley and Richard Quernon - 2012

Community Computer Connection is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through technology. They supply affordable computers and equipment to non-profits, schools and low income communities. Ryan, Bob and Richard have each made countless contributions to the industry over the years. They are always willing to lend a helping hand or offer advice when a fellow Refurbisher is in need.


Nancy Jo Craig - 2013

Nancy Jo has been the Executive Director of Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) in New Orleans, LA since 2004. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of CACRC’s program of work and works with the Board and staff to develop long-range strategies. As a member of the R2 Advisory committee, she helped fight for the Refurbisher and non-profit interests during the upgrade to R2:2013. Nancy Jo has been through it all and still manages to tirelessly support our industry.


Sean Nicholson - 2014

Sean’s dedication to the Microsoft Refurbisher programs is unmatched. Sean spent over 10 years working in Microsoft building and refining the Microsoft Register Refurbisher Program and the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program.  His innovation and dedication to helping Refurbishers worldwide has been inspirational and our industry would not be where it is today without him. Sean has since moved into the humanitarian field, and while we hope this award will help say thank you, we know it cannot match what he has given us.


Kyle Wiens - 2015     

Kyle Wiens founded iFixit, the free repair manual, in 2003. He’s dedicated his life to defeating the second law of thermodynamics, a battle fought in the courtroom as often as in the workshop. The right to repair campaign has, so far, successfully legalized cell phone unlocking and tractor repair.  Kyle’s devotion to protecting consumers’ right to repair is unmatched, and his efforts have greatly benefited the repair and refurbishing industry in a very real way.


Charles Brennick - 2016

Charles founded and ran InterConnection for 18 years.  During that time he worked with NGOs and development organizations to sell over 100,000 computers to non-profit organizations, NGOs and schools in over 30 countries. To say Charles is passionate and devoted is an understatement. His contribution to the industry, especially the non-profits has been inspirational and critical.

Robin Ingenthron - 2017

Robin is the founder of Good Point Recycling, and the Fair Trade Recycling movement, a progressive, cooperative organization promoting best practices in reuse and recycling in emerging markets.

Robin believes that the amount of money society will make available to improve the environment is finite, and believes regulation of the free market must be done wisely and sparingly. He always sees people for what they can do, not for what they cannot do, and we’re proud to welcome him to the ERC Hall of Fame.