Benchmark Chief Technology Officer Jan Janick discusses his passion for technology, his career accomplishments, his tech industry inspiration, and the hardest thing about working in a tech-related field.
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Business-to-business (B2B) marketing agency KEO Marketing recently achieved a significant milestone for the business: Sheila Kloefkorn founded the award-winning agency 20 years ago today. Since then, the team has helped hundreds of businesses achieve outstanding marketing results and grow by hundreds of millions of dollars. They have been recognized with nearly 100 national and international awards and recognitions.
Republic Services CEO named one of America’s most innovative leaders, University of Arizona rises 81 spots in college rankings, NeoLight scores $2.5 million from NFL Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, BannerHealth to build $63M health center in Glendale, Educational partnership with ASU and the Arizona Science Center creates STEM opportunities for rural Arizona students, celebrating Arizona’s entrepreneurial spirit at DesTechAZ on Oct. 16-17, join Gov. Doug Ducey and Senator Martha McSally at ACRONIS SCS’s ribbon-cutting on Oct. 8, and more.
For 16 years, University of Arizona’s technology business incubator, the Arizona Center for Innovation, has been responsible for helping to produce and promote more than 100 tech-focused startups at the UA Tech Park, propping up everything from aerospace to cybersecurity endeavors.
Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema sat down with founders of six Tucson startups to learn more about their businesses and the innovation ecosystem in Southern Arizona. This roundtable was part of a national celebration of Congressional Startup Day, an annual event that provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and communicate policy related issues facing the startup community.
Presented by PetSmart, this year’s Unity Agent honor is awarded to Sheila Kloefkorn, President and CEO of KEO Marketing, a full-service, business-to-business marketing agency in Phoenix. Sheila has dedicated her life’s work to building a more equitable world that provides opportunity for all.
The University of Arizona is rolling out a new cybersecurity degree program, the Biodesign Institute receives $1.5 million to develop early-warning system for flu outbreaks, a new Maricopa IT Institute to open at Phoenix College, Tucson-based QuakeWrap earns EPA research funding, Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation wins $5M in government contracts, and more.
While artificial intelligence, the next wave in cellular network technology, and the Internet of Things are just becoming established now, they really will become as common as the word “internet” in our vernacular. Add to the list smart cities and urban air mobility, which refers to on-demand and automated passenger or cargo-carrying air transportation services.
Arizona CEOs, presidents and business owners recently escaped the heat and headed north for the Arizona Technology Council’s annual CEO Leadership Retreat. This two-day event at the historic Hassayampa Inn in Prescott provided innovative speakers, interactive workshops, keynotes, golf, behind-the-scene tours and networking.
If “sandbox” and “blockchain” are new terms for you, they won’t be after reading this issue of TechConnect. As you’ll learn inside, public policy efforts are very much part of helping bring about the success that FinTech is experiencing in Arizona. Of course, there are other examples of FinTech progress that we’ll explore in these pages.