The Arizona Technology Council today announced the appointment of three new directors to its Board. In addition, the Council appointed four current officers to the Council’s Executive Committee, two of which were named to the office of Vice Chairman. Each brings a unique perspective and executive leadership skills to the organization.
“Our board members are great examples of leaders who embrace the strategic importance of technology and the nurturing of innovation in Arizona,” said Steve Phillips, chairman, Arizona Technology Council and CIO, Avnet Inc. “Our most immediate challenge remains the communication of this strategic importance to the future of our state. No other industry exerts such an outsized positive influence on the success of other industries and economic sectors.”
The following three newly appointed directors were each elected to serve three-year terms:
Mark Chambers serves as senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Phoenix). Chambers joined JPMorgan Chase as a senior banker in its Middle Market group. He has also been involved in various internal initiatives, including spearheading a roles/responsibilities task force in Arizona; representing Arizona as a member of the national insurance marketing team; and being selected to the 2008 Southwest Middle Market Leadership group.
David Crowe currently serves as partner, senior software engineer and contract manager for Tucson Embedded Systems, a company that provides a full range of services for any customer from initial concept and analysis to prototype and product development. Crowe’s projects have included development, support, testing, and verification of flight critical embedded systems.
Rich Hlavka serves as senior vice president of Business Development for Lumension. Since joining Lumension, Hlavka has held a number of management and executive leadership positions including SVP of Worldwide Sales where he was instrumental in successfully growing the sales force from a start-up into a world-class team. An industry veteran with more than 18 years in the software industry, Hlavka is responsible for developing strategic business relationships, managing OEM partner alliances, and spearheading strategic planning to generate new revenue opportunities for the company.
In addition, the following four existing directors were added to the Council’s Executive Committee, two of which (Dr. James Powers Jr. and Chuck Vermillion) were appointed to the office of Vice Chairman:
Gene Holmquist, President Ensynch, Inc. Holmquist brings more than 20 years of experience in building great teams and successful services companies. Under his leadership, Ensynch has grown at a rapid and profitable clip with revenues having grown tenfold, workforce has increased while still maintaining a "Best Place to Work" status and geographic expansion has begun to other markets.
Vice Chairman Dr. James Powers Jr. has served as chairman, president and CEO of iLinc Communications (AMEX:ILC) since December 1998. Dr. Powers is responsible for the overall business strategy and vision that enabled the company to prosper in the extremely competitive Web and audio conferencing industry. iLinc is consistently recognized as a leading provider of Web-based collaboration technologies. Most recently in 2006, Forrester Research named iLinc as one of the top four hosted Web conferencing services among a peer group of WebEx, Microsoft and Adobe.
Vice Chairman Chuck Vermillion is the chief executive officer and founder of OneNeck IT Services Corporation, and the driving force behind OneNeck’s continued success as a mid-market IT industry leader. As an energetic, results-driven leader, Vermillion established the strategic vision for the company and guided it through a private equity recapitalization as well as several successful acquisitions which have helped solidify both OneNeck’s stability and success going forward. Especially noteworthy is OneNeck’s performance record, having been profitable quarter-after-quarter since the company's inception in 1997.
Roger Vogel is chairman, president & chief executive officer of Vante, a Tucson-based company that produces advanced systems used in the manufacturing of catheters and biopharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Vante, Vogel spent 20 years in various positions at IBM, including vice president of Development.
The Arizona Technology Council's world-class executive officers and board of directors serve in an advisory and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the state’s technology industries in the Council's strategic planning and ongoing operations.
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state's expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona's technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums. The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org. You are also invited to e-mail the president and his staff, Twitter @aztechcouncil, or view the Council’s Facebook, LinkedIn, or Plaxo page.