Summer 2022 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

We likely would agree that life overall in the United States has become better than it was 130 years ago. After all, there are more options to help build businesses and live more comfortable lives than would have been possible four generations earlier. The Arizona Technology Council’s efforts showcased in this and previous sections of this publication are very much about … [More]

World Comes Calling

by Don Rodriguez

There was a time that practically the only way the world discovered Arizona even had a technology community was if its representatives packed their bags, grabbed their passports and headed to the airport. Now, those meetings are happening here as companies and delegations are making the trip to see for themselves what the state’s tech ecosystem has to offer. At least, … [More]

In It Together

by Don Rodriguez

It’s no secret the SciTech Institute’s Chief Science Officers (CSO) program has grown to build an international presence and reputation. Now, a global leader in its own field is stepping forward to help increase that footprint in additional locations. Phoenix-based Avnet, a leading technology distributor and solutions provider, is investing in the CSO program to support … [More]

Living the Dream

by Don Rodriguez

While the Arizona Technology Council is known for advocating the state’s tech ecosystem on a variety of fronts, it really is the group’s own members that reflect the same purpose for existing through successes that move their respective fields and communities forward. Here are just some of the latest examples:  Information Technology  Less than a year after being added to … [More]

Council Board Names Four Newest Members

by Don Rodriguez

Four new members were appointed to the Arizona Technology Council board of directors at its quarterly meetings in the first half of 2022.Nathan Harris, CEO of Ease, and Robin S. Reed, co-founder and principal of EmFluent, were named at the Jan. 27 meeting, while Ivonne May, portfolio director for the Advance Air Dominance programs for the Advanced Technologies Mission Area at … [More]

Reports Offer Ongoing Updates on State of Technology Industry

by Don Rodriguez

Wondering about the state of the state when it comes to technology? The Arizona Technology Council answers the question regularly with two key reports. For an ongoing snapshot of progress, the Council offers its quarterly Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report, which outlines the progress of the state’s technology sector across critical growth metrics. And since the … [More]

President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

Whether you follow the news or just go out to get a bite to eat, you’ve likely heard various versions of that refrain lately. Employers have been looking for people to fill positions, whether it’s to build a house or pour a cup of coffee. For years, I’ve heard that same question but in a different context. Arizona has missed more than a few opportunities to draw technology … [More]

Powerful Action

by Don Rodriguez

While the Arizona Technology Council is no stranger to the public policy arena, the list of topics has been wide ranging over the years. In 2021, however, one theme continued to surface — and the group had plenty of company when it came to taking a stand. From the Office of the Governor to Capitol Hill, clean energy was a focal point for the Council and others who shared … [More]

Ties That Bind

by Don Rodriguez

Even when communities are far apart, they still can come together for common goals. That mindset has kept the SciTech Institute not only operating but evolving while the world still struggles to reopen throughout spikes in COVID cases. New programs and growth continue to occur at the organization whose parent is the Arizona Technology Council.  “To survive in this period … [More]

Delivering a More Diverse Workforce

by Don Rodriguez

In an effort to level the playing field when it comes to hiring practices in the technology industry, the Arizona Technology Council has partnered with FairHire to introduce InclusionAZ. InclusionAZ’s goal is to enhance the vibrancy of Arizona’s technology ecosystem by imploring employers to provide fair hiring opportunities that attract diverse talent from across Arizona … [More]

A Look to the Future

by Don Rodriguez

As the Arizona Technology Council ramps up for 2022, its board of directors and staff members already are setting their sights on their strategy to help guide the organization through the next three years. At an early November workshop, board and staff reviewed, revised and committed to the Council’s 2025 vision, which reads: The AZTC is the largest technology council in … [More]

On the Front Line

by Don Rodriguez

The two newest members of the Arizona Technology Council staff bring qualifications expected to benefit the group and its members. Bianca Buliga has been named director of marketing and communications while Darryle Emerson is the new director of programs and events. A marketing professional with experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Buliga joins the … [More]

Spring 2021 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

We’re fortunate when it comes to our members at the Arizona Technology Council. Beyond being our supporters through dues and sponsorships, many have become our partners in a number of initiatives that ultimately benefit the entire technology community here.  But there is one member in particular that often is the first to respond when we have an idea or just need a hand. And … [More]

Change Agents

by Don Rodriguez

Giving of yourself for something bigger than yourself. That mindset is alive and well among a group of individuals working quietly behind the scenes with a single mission in mind: to ensure Arizona’s competitiveness to accelerate technology-related policy and legislation, thus affecting positively the growth and development of a vibrant technology state. These are members … [More]

10 Years – and Counting

by Don Rodriguez

Anyone with a 10-year-old daughter or son probably has heard this reaction when the child walks into the room: “(He/she) has grown so big — and so fast!” Jeremy Babendure can relate. When he set out to pull together an entire state for a celebration of science and technology with the inaugural SciTech Festival in February 2012, Babendure was just hoping some people would … [More]

New Vice President for Southern Arizona

by Don Rodriguez

Karla Morales has been named the Arizona Technology Council’s new vice president to oversee all operations for the Southern Arizona regional office. In this role, Morales will lead an expansion plan in the region, including recruiting members, securing sponsorships and supporting events through underwriting from member organizations. She also will serve as the liaison to the … [More]

Two Corporate Leaders Added to Council Board

by Don Rodriguez

Mike Stewart, vice president of Advanced Technology Engineering, Honeywell Aerospace, and Amit Bhandari, vice president of Strategic Relationships, Solugenix, are the newest members of the Arizona Technology Council’s board of directors after being elected to three-year terms at the Council’s quarterly board meeting in January. At Honeywell Aerospace, Stewart uses his … [More]

Healthy Start

by Don Rodriguez

As the rebuilding of the Arizona economy begins, small businesses and startups likely are looking for ways to provide more generous overall compensation packages to their employees, a critical factor in helping technology companies attract and retain top talent. The Arizona Technology Council’s association health plan (AHP) formed in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield … [More]

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