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Member News: October 2020

AccountabilIT named one of the world’s top MSSPs
For the fourth year running, Scottsdale-based AccountabilIT has been named to a prestigious list of the world’s top 250 managed security service providers (MSSPs). Delivering on leadership and innovation in the cybersecurity space, AccountabilIT’s best-in-class services and customer-first culture has helped it climb the list several notches. In 2020, the a full-spectrum information technology services firm placed in the top 35% (ranked at #88 out of 250), up from the top 40% in 2019 (when it ranked #78 out of 200).  Read more >> 


PADT expands its operations into New Mexico
Tempe-based PADT,  Inc., the Southwest’s leading provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D printing products and services announced 3D printing expert Art Newcomer is relocating from the company’s Colorado office to its long-standing New Mexico facility, located in Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP). PADT’s growing customer base in New Mexico has expanded the application of proven Stratasys 3D printing technologies to include more tooling and end-part production. The move comes on the heels of PADT’s expanded capabilities and services in 3D printing and numerical simulation in California and Texas. Combined, these recent moves bolster the company’s ability to serve the growing region. Read more >>


TGen appoints Dr. Sunil Sharma as Physician-in-Chief
Dr. Sharma’s appointment as physician-in-chief recognizes the important role he has played across TGen’s many biomedical disciplines since his arrival. In addition to his leadership at TGen, he is rapidly bringing research in clinical efforts in immune treatments to the forefront of patient benefit. Sharma joined TGen in 2017 as Deputy Director of Clinical Sciences, Professor, and Head of TGen’s Applied Cancer Research and Drug Discovery Division. Sharma is also a Professor of Medical Oncology at City of Hope, a world-renowned comprehensive cancer center that also treats diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, and co-leader of City of Hope’s Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program. Read more >>


A new age of energy dawns at ASU
Today, more than 160,000 solar installations in Arizona produce enough energy to power more than 768,000 homes. ASU’s solar program provides more than 50 MWdc equivalent solar-generating capacity, which contributed to the university reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2020, with zero greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations. Here, we chronicle some of the major milestones in the history of solar energy development at ASU, revealing how the university has emerged as a national leader in the field. Read more here >>


Digital Air Strike wins three awards for marketing excellence
Digital Air Strike, the leading consumer engagement technology company, is recognized once again for its social media and reputation management technology and services, as well as digital marketing, winning three 2020 Dealers’ Choice Awards from Auto Dealer Today Magazine in which auto dealers selected their favorite companies. For 16 years, the Dealers’ Choice Awards program has recognized the industry’s best vendors, suppliers and finance partners by asking dealers and dealership personnel to complete a 35-category online survey. This year, Digital Air Strike was recognized among other notable automotive companies, including, Autotrader and Dealertrack. Earlier this year Digital Air Strike launched its new Virtual Retailing Program to provide technology that allows dealers to better interact and more easily transact online with customers using multiple mediums, including video, AI, social media, email, chat and SMS with AI automation. Read more >>


Axon Enterprises partners with U.S. Border Patrol
Axon Enterprise Inc., the Scottsdale-based maker of law enforcement technology, has announced a $13 million deal to supply U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents with its body cameras and technology. The tech company said the deal will provide 3,800 Border Patrol agents with Axon Body 3 cameras backed by the company’s Axon Evidence cloud-based digital evidence technology to increase agent safety. The cameras will also operate with Axon’s Incident-Driven Video Recording System, or IDVRS, which the company says provides additional documentation during enforcement incidents and provides more transparency. That technology will be deployed in phases to the Border Patrol at its San Diego, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley sectors along the southern border at and the Swanton sector on the northern border. Read more >>


Waymo opens its fully driverless service to the general public in Phoenix
Members of the public service can now take friends and family along on their Waymo rides and share their experience with the world. The company will start with those who are already a part of Waymo One and, over the next several weeks, welcome more people directly into the service through its app (available on Google Play and the App Store). In the near term, 100% of Waymo rides will be fully driverless. The company expects its new fully driverless service to be very popular, and is thankful to its riders for their patience as they ramp up availability to serve demand. The company plans additional upgrades later this year regarding adding in-vehicle barriers between the front row and the rear passenger cabin for in-vehicle hygiene and safety. Waymo will also be re-introducing rides with a trained vehicle operator, which will add capacity and allow the company to serve a larger geographical area. Read more >>

UArizona Center for Innovation earns soft landing designation to serve international companies
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) has announced that it has received the soft landing designation from the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). This designation was awarded to UACI because of its long-established reputation as a proven entrepreneurship center that has clearly demonstrated the capabilities necessary to provide resources and programming to international companies seeking new market entry in the United States. UACI has long served the region’s strong and vibrant community of entrepreneurs and innovators. This designation provides UACI with a unique value proposition to attract companies interested in international expansion directly to Southern Arizona. With the official endorsement from InBIA, international companies can be assured that these services meet or exceed best practices. Read more >>


Intel celebrates 40 years of manufacturing in Arizona
For decades, Intel has been a worldwide leader in semiconductor manufacturing. As a global leader in semiconductor R&D and manufacturing, Intel creates technology that is at the foundation of modern life—powering homes, vehicles, healthcare, communication networks and even other manufacturers.  In October 1980, the first silicon wafers came off the company’s production line at Fab 6 in Chandler, Ariz. That marked the start of what is now one of Intel’s largest manufacturing sites. Four decades later, Arizona is now home to 12,000 of the brightest minds helping Intel define the future of technology. It is Intel’s tech that powers our world’s digital infrastructure—allowing the company to connect, invent and advance, even through the unprecedented challenges of 2020. View more news, info, video and photos >>


Honeywell Aerospace acquires Nevada power and thermal management company
Honeywell Aerospace has gained an advanced capability in the power and thermal management market with the acquisition of a privately held Nevada company that specializes in that field. Honeywell Aerospace, which is based in Phoenix, will integrate Rocky Research as a wholly owned subsidiary and use its applications to reduce the size, weight, power and cost of Honeywell’s thermal and power management and hardware systems. Rocky Research is an ideal addition to Honeywell’s expanding product portfolio. Effective cooling systems optimized for size, weight and power are critical to meet the growing need for aircraft electrification, unmanned and autonomous aerial vehicles and related systems. Rocky Research will augment Honeywell’s existing technology capabilities in these areas. Read more about this acquisition >>


Arizona Israel Technology Alliance (AITA) facilitates this agreement for superconducting technology
In a move set to increase the use of superconducting technology that reduces the amount of electrical resistance in various products and applications, Arizona-based Ambature, Inc. announced it has formalized a channel partner agreement with Israeli-based Ormic Components Ltd. Dedicated to supporting business between Arizona and Israel through B2B initiatives, business attraction and investment, the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance (AITA) initiated dialogue with both parties to facilitate this agreement. AITA’s purpose is to increase and support bilateral trade and investment between Arizona and Israel, with each offering resources and opportunities across the technology industry. Read more >>


REDW shares strategies on charitable planning
Even before the pandemic sent shockwaves through the economy, higher-income earners were directing their attention to charitable planning strategies that offer a double win: They help to improve the world, and provide a tax break for donors. Since the onset of COVID-19, this trend has accelerated. In fact, since March, when the public health crisis put the brakes on much of the economy, donors have given at a record-setting pace. According to a June 26, 2020 article in The New York Times, the pandemic has significantly accelerated philanthropy–with people giving more and giving it faster than they typically do. The need for charitable giving, especially purposeful gifts that help to make an impact, will undoubtedly continue long after the coronavirus pandemic is contained. But smart planning can help taxpayers to support the charities important to them now, or over time, while providing tax-efficient, and in some cases, tax-free benefits. Learn more >>



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