SOURCE: Arizona Technology Council

Arizona Technology Council

July 06, 2011 13:34 ET

Arizona Technology Council Names OneNeck IT Services Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees for the 2011 Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Online Voting Now Open to the Public Until July 29; Prestigious GCOI Awards Ceremony to Be Held November 17, 2011 at the Phoenix Convention Center

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - Recognizing three executives who have greatly impacted the technology community in Arizona, the Arizona Technology Council in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority today announced the 2011 Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) OneNeck IT Services Lifetime Achievement Award nominees.

The prestigious honor was awarded to renowned architect Paolo Soleri in 2008, former Intel CEO and chairman, Craig Barrett in 2009 and Steve Sanghi, president, CEO and chairman, Microchip Technology in 2010.

"Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are mentors and motivators who inspire others and exhibit exceptional creativity, ingenuity and leadership to change the fabric of the technology industry and the state," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "As an organization that supports and promotes the benefits of science and technology, we are proud to acknowledge and recognize them."

Voting for the OneNeck IT Services Lifetime Achievement Award is open to the public until Friday, July 29. To cast your vote, visit the Arizona Technology Council's website at or at

The 2011 OneNeck IT Services Lifetime Achievement Award nominees are:

  • Robert Gillette, CEO, First Solar
    Rob Gillette joined First Solar in October 2009 as CEO and has successfully led the company's investments in new module capacity, development of a robust project pipeline and growth in promising new markets around the world. Prior to coming to First Solar, Mr. Gillette served as president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace. He joined Honeywell in 1996 and served in a number of senior management positions, including president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems, president of Honeywell Turbo Technologies, and he also served the Turbo business as vice president of Strategic Growth and vice president/general manager, Asia. Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr. Gillette spent over 10 years at General Electric where he served in numerous senior management positions. Mr. Gillette holds a B.S. in finance from Indiana University.
  • Pat Sullivan, Entrepreneur
    Mr. Sullivan is widely recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the high-tech industry. He is former CEO of Flypaper Studio Inc., a leading Flash content creation platform developer, and is the founder and former CEO of ACT!®, the best-selling contact management solution used by millions of business professionals around the world. Mr. Sullivan was named as one of the "80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History," among the ranks of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Donald Trump and Bill Gates. He was also honored with the prestigious Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award not once, but twice. Mr. Sullivan founded SalesLogix in 1996 and led its successful IPO in May 1999. SalesLogix was acquired by The Sage Group in 2001. As an active member of the Arizona technology community, Mr. Sullivan sits on the boards of emerging companies such as Infusion Software and Jigsaw Health.
  • Roy Vallee, Executive Chairman of the Board, Avnet Inc.
    Roy Vallee first joined Avnet in 1977 and served as the company's chairman and CEO from July 1998 until July 2011. During his tenure, he accelerated Avnet's success as an industry consolidator and was instrumental in Avnet's acquisition of 47 companies to increase geographic coverage, scale and scope, and shareholder value. Mr. Vallee served as a founding member of the Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology and was later asked by current Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to join the Executive Committee of The Arizona Commerce Authority. He also participates in Greater Phoenix Leadership, a nonprofit organization which provides a forum through which corporate leadership can effectively and efficiently collaborate with the public sector and nonprofits to establish and sustain a safe, healthy and prosperous community. He is a member of the boards of directors of two other publicly held companies: Teradyne, a leading automated testing company for the semiconductor industry, and Synopsys, Inc., the leading supplier of electronic design automation software.

The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to the winner at the annual GCOI event on November 17, 2011 in the heart of downtown Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, in the North Building Ballroom. Nominations for the remaining GCOI award categories remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011 and will also be announced at the event. Nomination forms can be downloaded online at or by e-mailing the Council at

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state's expanding technology industry. To promote economic growth and professional development in Arizona's technology sector, the Council provides members networking opportunities, business support and access to educational forums. The Council strives to distinguish Arizona as a leader in the technology community and offer resources that are exclusive to its members. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit You are also invited to e-mail the president and his staff at, Twitter @aztechcouncil, or view the Council's Facebook, LinkedIn, or YouTube page.

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority, formerly the Arizona Department of Commerce, is dedicated to welcoming businesses to Arizona and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses in the State. The agency maintains foreign trade offices in Asia, Europe and Mexico. The Arizona Commerce Authority plays a leading role in promoting the Aerospace and Defense industry in Arizona.

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