SOURCE: Arizona Technology Council

Arizona Technology Council

May 11, 2011 11:15 ET

Go Daddy, Brain State Technologies and University of Arizona Executives Win Arizona Technology Council 2011 CIO of the Year Awards

Awards to Be Presented in Conjunction With the Business + IT Summit Thursday, May 26 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Spa

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Arizona Technology Council ( today announced the winners of its prestigious CIO of the Year Awards which honors individual technology executives from industry, non-profit, education and government. The 2011 Award recipients will be honored on Thursday, May 26, 2011 during the Keynote Speaker Lunch at the Council's fifth annual Business + IT Summit at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Spa.

"The Council extends it congratulations to the three executives being named CIO of the Year, an honor awarded to only the most notable of IT professionals," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "Each of the winner's contributions as a member of the executive management team and their ability to leverage global technology to identify creative solutions to address customer needs is truly outstanding."

"As a CIO of a global technology organization, I truly appreciate how well-deserved these awards are," said Steve Phillips, CIO, Avnet Inc., and Chairman of the Board, Arizona Technology Council. "These CIOs are focused on delivering value by engaging with their colleagues in the C-suite and applying technology for maximum business impact."

The 2011 CIO of the Year Award Winners in their respective categories are:

Large Company:

  • Neil Warner, CIO, Go Daddy. Warner is being recognized for his work in creating 1CP, or One Click Provisioning, with business efficiency at its core. 1CP was born out of an underlying goal to create a technology that would eliminate 23 steps and the job of 10 operational teams required to build a Web hosting server. The vision was to replace all manual steps with a single click of a button. As the world's largest Web hosting provider, serving more than five million active websites, 1CP is now paving Go Daddy's future toward maximum growth at a minimal cost.

Small Company:

  • Peter Gerdes, CIO, Brain State Technologies. Gerdes is one of the main architects of the Brainwave Optimization™ system, continuously working with his father, the software development team, and other leading experts and researchers to usher in new applications that will improve the quality of life for those who suffer with brainwave imbalances. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of information technology, Gerdes is being recognized for his strong combination of interest and experience in both the natural sciences and technology.


  • Michele L. Norin, CIO for the University of Arizona and Executive Director for University Information Technology Services. Norin's reputation of strong leadership, confidence, and commitment gained the confidence and ultimate approval of the campus, the President's Cabinet and the Arizona Board of Regents to commit to launch the UA Enterprise System Replacement Project (ESRP), called the Mosaic Project with a 5-year project plan and $80 million dollar budget. Under Norin's guidance and management this project continues to be implemented on time and on budget and is a best-practice, gold standard for ESRP's across all IT domains, not just higher education.

All award winners were judged by an independent committee of Arizona CIOs. The Council was not a part of the selection process.

About the Arizona Technology Council
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