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As a member of the Arizona Technology Council, you have exclusive access to joining one of our many committees. Joining a committee enriches your membership: our committees are the driving force behind unique charity events, educational seminars, and public policy advocacy. Committee members are active participants in the growth and relevance of the Council and are responsible for some of the technology-focused legislation that passes through the Arizona Congress every year.

For more information on specific committees, including meeting schedules, contact information, and upcoming projects email the staff liaison associated with the Committee you are inquiring about.

Additive Manufacturing Committee

Mission: This Committee will serve as a forum for local participants in the additive manufacturing (AM) community to educate, collaborate and promote the technology. Additionally, this Committee will serve as a rally point for large and small business to influence national certification and standards organizations, ensuring that pending regulation and legislation is appropriate, achievable, and promotes growth of AM technologies within Arizona.

Committee Co-Chairs:
Joe Manzo, CEO, Titan Industries + Dhruv Bhate, Senior Technologist, PADT, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Brian Krupski, Arizona Technology Council, Director, Membership Services 

For information about joining the Additive Manufacturing Committee, please email Brian Krupski at bkrupski@aztechcouncil.org.

Ambassador Committee

Mission: To support new and prospective members, helping integrate them into Council activities and improve likelihood of retention.

Committee Chair: 
Michael J DiGrazia, CFP®, CIMA®, Director, AZTC 401(k), UBS Financial Services
Staff Liaison: Brian Krupski, Arizona Technology Council, Director, Membership Services 

For information about joining the Ambassador Committee, please email Brian Krupski at bkrupski@aztechcouncil.org.

Ambassador Committee – Tucson

Mission: To support new and prospective members in southern Arizona, helping integrate them into Council activities and improve likelihood of retention.

Committee Chair:
 Nancy Roth, Principal/Writer, Blue Canoe Marketing
Staff Liaison: Jeff Sales, Executive Director, Arizona Technology Council 

For information about joining the Tucson Ambassador Committee, please email Jeff Sales at jsales@aztechcouncil.org.

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Committee

Mission: To help companies execute their business strategy and effectively compete via data-driven decision making. Organizations collect more data now than they ever have before. Today, the companies that are able to manage and extract meaningful insights out of rapidly growing volumes of data, will outperform and exceed the demanding market expectations. Currently, there are a plethora of tools and technologies ranging from traditional Business Intelligence software, to sophisticated predictive analytics and machine learning techniques. The business insights are surfaced from structured and unstructured data, and can be mashed and visualized using a variety of tools on web or mobile devices.

Committee Chairs:
Sanjay Rao, Vice President, Data Sciences, Solugenix and Omar Hajee, Vice President of Operations, Denovo 

Staff Liaison: Brian Krupski, Arizona Technology Council, Director, Membership Services 

For information about joining the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Committee, please email Brian Krupski at bkrupski@aztechcouncil.org.

 

Cybersecurity Committee

Mission: To strengthen the cybersecurity of Arizona’s technology industry.

The AZTC Cybersecurity Committee serves as a platform for information security professionals to share best practices and for technology companies that lack their own chief information security officer to seek guidance on what is required to strengthen their digital defenses. By sharing knowledge and experience, we enhance the cybersecurity of Arizona’s technology companies. The Committee exists to help the members of the Arizona Technology Council learn about the threats and the appropriate responses. Add your expertise to ours and learn from our experts.

Committee Co-Chairs: Phillip P. Guttilla, Shareholder, Polsinelli and Ashley Glecker, Attorney at Law, Polsinelli.

For information about joining the Council’s Cybersecurity Committee, please email Deborah Zack at dzack@aztechcouncil.org or Ron Schott at rschott@aztechcouncil.org.

Internet of Things (IoT) Committee

Mission: To provide a platform for people to learn, collaborate, advocate, and disseminate information about how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help organizations create real-time business solutions in a sensor-enabled, analytics-driven world.

Committee Co-Chairs:
Curt Cornum, Vice President – Chief Solution Architect, Insight, and Vignesh Rajamani, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Practice, Exponent. 

Staff Liaison: Deborah Zack, Arizona Technology Council, Senior Director, Membership Services 

For information about joining the Internet of Things (IoT) Committee, please email Deborah Zack at dzack@aztechcouncil.org.

Law & Technology Committee

Mission: To be of benefit to the members by providing and making available relevant and timely information about the laws that affect the members through the use of media and forums that are convenient and expedient. Also to be of benefit to the legal service providers who are members of the Council by creating and promoting forums for the legal service providers to market their services to members.

This committee provides advice in areas such as, but not limited to, capital formation, acquisitions, and disposition of assets or lines of business, protection of intellectual property, employee matters, contracts, exit strategies and liability exposure. This counsel can take the form of pro bono, discounted and/or fee-based advice.

The committee also provides seminars on legal matters in the technology industry.

Committee Chair: Fred Bellamy, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Staff Liaison: Ron Schott, Arizona Technology Council, Executive Emeritus

For information about joining the Law and Technology Committee, please email Ron Schott at rschott@aztechcouncil.org.

MedTech Roundtable

Mission: To bring together medical device, medical software and telehealth companies’ executive leadership to share best practices, and physician and investor networks; and promote peer-to-peer group discussion with the intent to help each other accelerate growth. (Note: Participation in this group is by invitation only currently.)

Staff Liaison: Brian Krupski, Arizona Technology Council, Director, Membership Services 

To inquire about participating in this invite-only group, please email Brian Krupski at bkrupski@aztechcouncil.org.

Optics Valley AZ

Optics Valley leadership conducts monthly meetings composed of optics CEOs, representatives from universities and community colleges, plus key stakeholders involved in the optics, photonics, and astronomy sectors throughout the state of Arizona.  The meetings are action-oriented and designed for planning future events, addressing key issues within the optics sector, and serving as an opportunity for business networking.

For information about joining Optics Valley, please email:

John Dennis  

Jack Schumann  

Background: Since 1992, the Arizona optics community was represented by the Arizona Optics industry Association (AOIA).  At the end of December 2016, AOIA was dissolved as an independent organization and Optics Valley was formed within AZTC.

Optics Valley Mission: The mission of Optics Valley is to catalyze, convene and connect optics, photonics, astronomy, and supporting business interests throughout Arizona.

AZTC Staff Liaison: Jeff Sales, Executive Directore, Arizona Technology Council Southern Arizona, jsales@aztechcouncil.org.  For additional information, Jeff can be reached directly at 520.388.5762.

Public Policy Committee

Mission : To ensure Arizona’s competitiveness to accelerate technology related policy and legislation, thus affecting positively the growth and development of a vibrant technology state. 

This committee focuses on issues and initiatives that accelerate technology-related public policy and legislation in Arizona affecting the growth and development of the technology industry. The targeted initiatives focused on four areas encompass the work of this committee: technology commercialization and development; workforce development; supply-chain development; and capital formation. This committee, along with Council professionals, work with legislators, elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government, to educate them on the value and promise of the technology industry.

Committee Co-Chairs: Jason Bagley, Government Affairs Director, Intel and Rachel Aja, Manager, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications

Staff Liaison: Ron Schott, Arizona Technology Council, Executive Emeritus

For information on joining the Public Policy Committee, please email Ron Schott at rschott@aztechcouncil.org.

 

Women in the Workforce Events

The go-to group that provides educational and networking events for women in the technology industry. Less of a Committee and more of a female-focused event series, the Women in the Workforce group has a monthly event with rotating guest speakers.

Want to get involved or interested in sponsoring an event? Email Deborah Zack at dzack@aztechcouncil.org.

 

Workforce Development & Education Committee

Mission: The Workforce Development and Education Committee is committed to having Arizona known as a source of high quality technology talent and leadership. To ensure an adequate supply of technology talent to meet the needs of Arizona-based employers, by:

  • Encouraging the growth of traditional education, job training and other appropriate organizations in order to attract new companies
  • Promoting incentives for existing companies to stay and grow in Arizona
  • Assisting engagement and experimentation among key constituencies so that Arizona is seen as a leader in innovative workforce development

Committee Co-Chairs: Cathleen Barton, Intel [Retired] and Molly Castelazo, Castelazo Content
Staff Liaison: Ron Schott, Executive Emeritus, Arizona Technology Council

For information about joining the Workforce Development and Education Committee, please email Ron Schott at rschott@aztechcouncil.org.