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Voting now open for OneNeck IT Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award of the 2015 Governor's Celebration of Innovation presented by Avnet, Inc.

August 11, 2015

The Arizona Technology Council in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced voting is now open for the 2015 OneNeck IT Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be given at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc. To cast a vote, visit the Arizona Technology Council website.

GCOI is an annual awards gala designed to honor technology leaders and innovators from across the state of Arizona. The event is being held November 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center's West Building from 4-8 p.m.

"The winners of the GCOI Lifetime Achievement Award are those who inspire others through their world-class leadership and unparalleled innovation," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "As an organization dedicated to the support of Arizona's technology ecosystem, we are proud to champion those qualities and the hardworking individuals who embody them."

This year's nominees for the GCOI OneNeck IT Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award are:

  • Jim Armstrong, Former Chairman, JDA Software Group

Armstrong founded the JDA Software Group, Inc. in 1978. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, JDA Software provides enterprise software solutions to the world-wide supply chain market. Armstrong served as CEO of JDA Software from 1985 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2003.

  • Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

Having served as the President of ASU since 2002, Dr. Crow's contribution to Arizona cannot be understated. He has led his institution to excellence in research and academics, establishing more than a dozen new transdisciplinary schools and research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

  • Dr. Taylor Lawrence, President, Raytheon Missile Systems

Since assuming the role of President in 2008, Dr. Lawrence has led Raytheon Missile Systems, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, to excellence in a wide array of specialized weapons systems. Raytheon Missile Systems is the world's leading producer of weapon systems for the United States military and the allied forces of more than 50 countries, employing more than 13,000 people.

  • Rick Smith, CEO, TASER International

Sometimes called the Steve Jobs of Police Technology, Smith has been dedicated to public safety technology since he founded TASER in 1993. From evidence solutions to smart weapons to body worn cameras, he has spent over two decades leading a team that is making the world a safer place. Smith holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Harvard, a Master's in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

"Each of the nominees is a leader who has changed the fabric of our state and helped keep it competitive on a global scale," said Sandra Watson, president & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "They are mentors and motivators who inspire others and they have exhibited exceptional creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness."

Registration is $125 for members and $175 for non-members. Groups of ten tickets can also be purchased online. Sponsorships and showcase booths can be purchased by contacting Leigh Goldstein, 602-422-946.


For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / OneNeck IT Solutions / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@oneneck.com

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 toward 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, visit aztechcouncil.org.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create - recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit azcommerce.com for more.

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