The Arizona Technology Council is pleased to announce that its President and CEO, Steven G. Zylstra, has been named a Tech Champion by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Zylstra was recognized for his leadership in championing technology policy in Arizona and for his commitment to his association, its members and his civic and community affairs. Sen. Gory Gardener, Colorado, and Rep. Seth Moulton, Massachusetts, were also named 2018 Tech Champions.
“This is a tremendous honor for the Arizona Technology Council and myself,” said Zylstra. “The work that the Council does is critical to the continued growth of Arizona’s technology sector. I am very thankful for this recognition of our success, as well as the impact that CompTIA has on technology at the international, national and state levels.”
The Tech Champions award recognizes leaders and legislators who are outstanding advocates for the technology industry and have shown consistent support for this vital economic sector. The award was presented during CompTIA’s annual D.C. Fly-In, which brings together more than 100 solution providers, vendors and other IT professionals to discuss industry trends, issues and legislation in both state houses and the nation’s capital.
“Under Steve’s leadership, the Arizona Technology Council has made the Grand Canyon State a top destination in the country for technology companies and cutting-edge innovation,” said Elizabeth Hyman, EVP public advocacy, CompTIA. “His work pushing for R&D tax credits, increased workforce training and substantive tax cuts are just a few of the reasons tech companies are flocking to Arizona. CompTIA has worked with Steve for nearly a decade, and we are honored to present him with the Tech Champion Award.”
In 2017, Zylstra was instrumental in helping pass pro-business and pro-growth legislative initiatives, including the extension and continued expansion of the R&D Tax Credit program until 2021, giving Arizona the top R&D tax credit in the entire nation. Zylstra also rallied Arizona’s technology community to lobby for the recapitalization of the Angel Investment Tax Credit, which resulted in $10 million being put back into the program with the goal of boosting in state investments.