The Arizona Technology Council announced it has appointed Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA); Austin D. Harris, vice president, Commercial Banking, Alliance Bank of Arizona; Sheila Kloefkorn, CEO, KEO Marketing Inc.; and Aaron Zeper, vice president, Customer Demand, MDSL, to its board of directors.
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The top priorities for this year include providing new sources for risk capital to encourage entrepreneurship, extending the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit and Small Business Capital Investment Incentive program, supporting science and technology job creation and retention, and attracting the STEM talent required to compete in a global innovation economy.
As president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, Steve Zylstra has a pulse on what’s going on statewide in the tech industry. The council is one of the largest technology-driven trade associations in North America, with more than 850 members. Phoenix Business Journal Reporter Hayley Ringle asked Zylstra about the biggest trends in 2019 and what he expects to see in 2020.
Arizona Technology Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra has penned a new column in the Business Journal on the issue of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the estimated 661,000 Dreamers who grew up as Americans but were brought into the U.S. by their families when they were very young.
To keep its constituents informed on the progress of Arizona’s technology community, the Arizona Technology Council released the latest update of the 2019 Quarterly Arizona Technology Council Industry Impact Report.
The Arizona Technology Council, along with the Arizona Commerce Authority, celebrated the seventh annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo on October 30th with over 80 exhibitors and 450+ attendees.
The Arizona Technology Council, in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards. This marks the 16th year of this prestigious gala attended by more than 850 of Arizona’s top leaders in business, technology and government.
The Arizona Technology Council today announced that Eric Miller, co-founder and principal of PADT, Inc., was elected by the Council’s board of directors to serve as chairman for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020. He is stepping up from his previous position as vice-chairman. The Council also welcomes Jonathon Talcott, attorney, Ballard Spahr, as an officer in the position of secretary. Eric Lewis, CPA, partner, EY, was reappointed as an officer to the position of treasurer.
In an unprecedented move to provide quality health care coverage to member companies of all sizes in the state, the Arizona Technology Council announced the launch of its own Association Health Plan (AHP) in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Created by an Arizona organization for Arizona employers, the Council’s AHP effective date is January 1, 2020, and quotes will be accepted beginning October 15, 2019.
For his numerous contributions to the Arizona science and technology communities, Professor Emeritus James C. Wyant, the founding dean of The University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences, will be awarded the AccountabilIT Lifetime Achievement Award October 24 at the 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) at the Phoenix Convention Center.