SOURCE: Arizona Technology Council

April 05, 2011 12:50 ET

Nominations Open for the Arizona Technology Council 2011 CIO of the Year Awards

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

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - The Arizona Technology Council today announced it is seeking nominations for its annual CIO of the Year Awards which honors individual technology executives from industry, non-profit, education and government. Nominees, including chief information officers or those in equivalent IT leadership positions, are recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future IT goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.

The 2011 Award recipients will be honored on Thursday, May 26, 2011 during the Keynote Speaker Lunch at the Council's fifth annual Business & Information Technology Summit at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Spa. 

"We're looking for the technology heroes who keep systems running smoothly and business advancing, despite the tough economy and the competitive global landscape," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "If you think your organization's technology executive has made a real difference over the past year, whether that be in leadership, delivering increased efficiency or driving transformation, then we want to hear from you."

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 15th. Entry forms are available for downloading by clicking here ( Complete 2011 CIO of the Year Award Criteria can be found at or obtained by e-mailing

Award Categories:
Small - For organizations with fewer than 50 employees
Medium - For organizations between 51 and 250 employees
Large - For organizations of 251 or more employees
Small Non-Profit/Government - For non-profit with fewer than 75 employees
Large Non-Profit/Government - For non-profit with 75 or more employees
Education - Presented to a technology executive within an accredited higher education institution

Award Selection Committee:
All award winners will be judged by an independent committee of Arizona CIOs. The Council will not be part of the selection process. The selection committee reserves the right to disqualify any entries that do not appropriately represent the technology sector. For purposes of this award competition, technology companies are defined as those organizations that create, distribute, license technology or provide technological services to Arizona businesses. However, award nominations may come from any sector.

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, Twitter @aztechcouncil, or view the Council's Facebook, LinkedIn, or Plaxo page.

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