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Finalists and Individual Winners Announced for Arizona Technology Council's 2011 Governor's Celebration of Innovation

August 30, 2011

Annual Prestigious Event Recognizes Arizona's Best and Brightest Innovators


PHOENIX, AZ, Aug 30, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- From a field of top-tier candidates showcasing advancements in Arizona's technology sector, the Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced Individual Award winners and Company Award finalists for the 2011 Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards. Winners will be announced on November 17, 2011 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Tickets for the prestigious awards gala can be purchased online athttp://bit.ly/jPmt2U.


“I congratulate all of the Individual Award winners and Company Award Finalists for their outstanding achievements,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “Their insight, inventiveness and research keep our state on the leading of edge of innovation and it's exciting to see their ideas showcased at the GCOI event.”


The winners and finalists were selected by a committee independent of the Council. Committee members included: Dr. Carol Baskin, Science Foundation Arizona; Hunter Bennett, OneNeck IT Services; James Goulka, ATIF (Arizona Technology Investment Forum); Dr. Mani Janakiram, Intel Corporation.; Ravi Kichloo, Avnet Inc.; Gordon McConnell, ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development; and Bob Witwer, Honeywell Aerospace.


The Individual Award winners are:


Individual Award Winners:

  • William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year: James C. Wyant, Dean, College of Optical Sciences, Arizona State University, Tucson, AZ
  • Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year: Clate Mask, chief executive officer, Infusionsoft, Gilbert AZ
  • OneNeck IT Services People'sChoice Lifetime Achievement Award: Roy Vallee, executive chairman of the board of Avnet Inc., Phoenix, AZ

One company within each of the following categories will be announced as the winner at the GCOI event. The finalists in their respective categories are:


Company Award Finalists:

  • Pioneering Award: Northrop Grumman Unmanned System Sustainment Center, Sierra Vista, AZ; Phoenix Analysis Design Technologies (PADT), Inc., Tempe, AZ; Solugenix Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Green Innovator of the Year: iLinc Communications, Phoenix, AZ; Parchment Inc., Scottsdale, AZ; Yulex Corporation, Chandler, AZ
  • Innovator of the Year - Start-Up Company: CopiaMobile, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ; Hydronalix, Sahuarita, AZ; VisionGate, Phoenix, AZ
  • Innovator of the Year - Small Company: Lumension, Scottsdale, AZ; Nlets, The International Justice and Public Safety Network, Phoenix, AZ; OneNeck IT Services, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Innovator of the Year - Academia: School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; MIS Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

This year's event, with the theme of "Arizona Rising," features the return of the Technology Showcase with over 50 booths, providing an opportunity for award finalists and sponsors to discuss and demonstrate their exceptional products and services to the over one thousand attendees. The night of networking, food, and entertainment includes a theatre-style format awards ceremony followed by a strolling dinner. A limited number of reserved sit-down tables with plated dinners are available for sponsors and for purchase.


The evening will include the presentation of the OneNeck IT Services People's Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Roy Vallee, executive chairman of the board of Avnet Inc., Mr. Vallee will be recognized for his long-term vision. His inspirational leadership transformed Avnet into a multi-billion dollar world-class enterprise and has made Arizona a better place to live.


About the Governor's Celebration of Innovation The Governor's Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster's 17-year Innovator of the Year awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association's 10-year "Celebration of Innovation." With the addition of the Arizona Governor's support, the Governor's Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. For more information on GCOI, please visithttp://www.aztechcouncil.org.


About the Arizona Technology Council:

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visithttp://www.aztechcouncil.org.


About the Arizona Commerce Authority:

The Arizona Commerce Authority, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, is dedicated to welcoming businesses to Arizona and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses in the State. The agency maintains foreign trade offices in Asia, Europe and Mexico. The Arizona Commerce Authority plays a leading role in promoting the Aerospace and Defense industry in Arizona.


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