State of the Council Breakfast


Join Steven G. Zylstra, Arizona Technology Council president and CEO, for a report on the Council, its priorities and new initiatives. Steve will discuss:

  • New Mission, Vision, Purpose and Initiatives: The Council launched a strategic planning process in 2018 to improve pathways for success. New statements were created for the Council’s mission, vision and purpose. Seven initiatives have been defined to achieve the vision.
  • New Association Health Plan: Recently, the Board of Directors approved an association health plan for members in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. BCBS of AZ was selected for its affordable, high-quality benefit plans designed for the technology industry, including start-up tech companies.
  • 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan: Member companies can provide an attractive retirement savings plan, save money, reduce fiduciary liability, and spend less time on plan administration by joining the Council’s 401(k) plan.

The Council will also announce this year’s Southern Arizona Technology Council Member Organization of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award.

Arizona Technology Council members and non-members are both welcome to attend.

The Arizona Technology Council is the driving force behind making our state the fastest growing technology hub in the nation; connecting and empowering Arizona’s technology community. As Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies, the Council is recognized as having a diverse professional business community and top professional networking organization.

Steven G. Zylstra serves as president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. He is responsible for strategy, operations, all financial matters and accomplishment of policy development for the Council. Steve is a vocal advocate for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona.

Steve has served in numerous technology leadership and advisory roles to the Governor and currently serves on several association, industry and community boards, including being recognized as an Aspen Institute Fellow for his work in workforce development. Between August 2013 and August 2015, he served as the Chairman of the global organization Technology Councils of North American (TECNA). He was named in 2016 as “Leader of the Year, Technology,” by the Arizona Capitol Times and a “Most Admired Leader” by the Phoenix Business Journal.  Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering technology from Western Michigan University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Technology from the University of Advancing Technology.


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MAP: PCC Downtown Map – Amethyst Room


8:30am-9:00am |  Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00am-10:30am  |  State of the Council Address & Awards Presentation


Meet Our Sponsor:

The Office for Research, Discovery & Innovation supports the world-class research enterprise at the University of Arizona, which is ranked among the top 25 public universities nationwide with more than $687 million in research activity.  Research, Discovery & Innovation is responsible for advancing transformative excellence in research across campus, with particular attention to the land-grant mission of service to the State of Arizona. It enables the research success of the faculty by supporting university research centers, institutes, museums and core facilities; providing research development, stewardship, compliance and safety services; and securing strategic external partnerships.


Amethyst Room
1255 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson , Arizona 85709


Pima Community College Downtown Campus


September 25, 2019


8:30am - 10:30am


Free for Council members; $15 for non-members