TASER President and CEO, Rick Smith, Receives OneNeck IT Solutions’ Lifetime Achievement Award Alongside Individual, Company, Education and Legislative Award Winners
PHOENIX, November 10, 2016 — At a prestigious gala attended by the top technology companies in Arizona to honor the state’s science and technology innovators, the Arizona Technology Council in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, today announced the winners of the 2016 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by Avnet, Inc.
“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners who contribute so much to growing our knowledge-based economy,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO, Arizona Technology Council. “It is incredibly rewarding to see so many winners from the software sector this year, as Arizona has become a prominent destination for developers. The growing breadth and depth of Arizona’s technology industry continues to be a tremendous boon to the state.”
The winners in their respective categories are:
Company Award Winners:
- Innovator of the Year – Start-Up Company: Life365, Peoria, Arizona
Life 365 was recognized for its cloud-based platform, RAIN, that uses “Lite” Solutions & “Nudges” to Achieve Maximum Engagement Across a Larger Population of Users.
- Innovator of the Year – Small Company: SimpleView, Tucson, Arizona
SimpleView was recognized for creating the first web-based sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system built specifically for destination marketing organizations.
- Innovator of the Year – Large Company: Avnet, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Avnet Inc. was recognized for the Avnet Cloud Marketplace, designed to be a one-stop shop with everything customers need to succeed in the cloud.
- Innovator of the Year – Academia: Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University Biodesign Institute is the current world-leader in X-ray Free Election Laser (XFEL) technology. Current technology in XFEL hardware is more than a mile in length and cost more than $1 billion. ASU’s center used revolutionary techniques to design and build the world’s first compact high energy XFEL. It will shrink the large XFEL to three feet and reduce the cost to less than $20 million.
Chairman’s Award: Selected at the discretion of the Arizona Technology Council’s leadership, the Chairman’s Award was presented to Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D., executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival and Arizona Technology Council Foundation. Dr. Babendure was recognized by the Council as its Chairman’s Award winner because of his dedication to STEM education. Babendure enables students and families all across the state of Arizona to experience science and technology in ways that are entertaining. The SciTech Festival includes more than 800 collaborators, 1200 events in 53 Arizona cities and draws more than 400,000 participants.
“Arizona’s technology ecosystem is experiencing impressive growth, and continues to receive recognition on a national scale,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “We congratulate this highly-skilled collection of technology leaders for helping Arizona stimulate this growth by advancing new innovations that are improving lives and creating high-wage jobs.”
Previously announced winners that were also honored at the event include:
The Individual/Company Award winners:
- OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Smith, president and CEO, TASER, Scottsdale
- William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year: Tomas Gorny, CEO, Nextiva, Scottsdale
- Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year: Brian Mueller, president and CEO, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
- Pioneering Award: Intel, Chandler
- Judge’s Award: WebPT, Phoenix
Previously announced “Future Innovators” and “Teacher of the Year” award winners can be found at: https://www.aztechcouncil.org/the-arizona-technology-council-announces-select-winners-and-finalists-for-the-2016-governors-celebration-of-innovation/
Previously announced Tech Champions Legislators can be found at https://www.aztechcouncil.org/arizona-technology-council-names-2016-tech-ten-legislators/
Winners and finalists were evaluated and chosen by a selection committee of experts independent of the Council.
- Susan Engle, Avnet, Inc.
- James Goulka, Arizona Tech Investors
- Doug Hockstad, Tech Launch Arizona
- William Loux, Arizona Technology Enterprises
- Eric Miller, Phoenix Analysis Design Technologies
- Mary O’Reilly, PhD, CEM Science Foundation Arizona
- Bob Rasmussen, Honeywell Aerospace