Lawmakers Hear from Tech-Focused Constituents

by Don Rodriguez

Pictured (l to r): Rockford, Sharp, Bolman, Sen. Jeff Flake, Zylstra, Serna, Ferreira, Marvin, Ana Greif, Legislative Assistant Brian Canfield

A group of Arizona Technology Council members recently had the chance to let their voices be heard when they walked the halls of Congress to meet with members of the Arizona delegation and key staff members during the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In.

The annual event brings together more than 100 solution providers, vendors and other IT professionals to discuss industry trends, issues and legislation in both state houses and the nation’s capital. CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) is the world’s leading technology association, with approximately 2,000 member companies.

Leading the Council’s group was Steven G. Zylstra, its president and CEO. He was joined by:

  • David Bolman, provost of Tempe-based University of Advancing Technology, who also is a member of the Council’s board of directors
  • Laken Ferreira, associate government affairs manager at Axon
  • Ana Greif, program manager at Pima Community College
  • Joe Marvin, president of Goodyear-based Prime Solutions Group
  • Michael Rockford, founder and CEO of Chandler-based RadialSpark
  • Victor Serna, principal of Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler
  • Kelly Sharp, chief marketing officer of RadialSpark

The highlight of the two-day event was the series of Feb. 14 meetings on Capitol Hill. The Arizona members met with:

  • Republican Sen. Jeff Flake
  • Rep. Andy Biggs, R-District 5
  • Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-District 7
  • Rep. Paul Gosar, R-District 4
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-District 3
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-District 9
  • Katherina Dimenstein, legislative director for Rep. David Schweikert, R-District 6
  • Bryan McVal, legislative director for Rep. Martha McSally, R-District 2
  • Xenia Ruiz, legislative director for Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-District 1

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