Winners Announced for Arizona Technology Council's 2012 Governor's Celebration of Innovation

Winners Announced for Arizona Technology Council's 2012 Governor's Celebration
                                of Innovation

Gary Tooker, former Chairman and CEO of Motorola Inc. honored with Lifetime
Achievement Award alongside innovative individual, company, education and
legislative award winners

PR Newswire

PHOENIX, Nov. 9, 2012

PHOENIX, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At a prestigious annual gala awards
ceremony held at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Arizona Technology Council
in conjunction with the Arizona Commerce Authority, announced the winners of
the 2012 Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards presented by
Avnet, Inc. The annual event spotlights how innovations in science and
technology are applied to build a sustainable economy for Arizona's future.


"From the smartphones in our pockets to the data centers and clouds that are
delivering the applications that businesses depend on, the technology
landscape is changing faster than ever," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and
CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "Our annual awards ceremony celebrates
the exceptional companies and individuals leading the way in accelerating
Arizona's innovation and global competitiveness. Congratulation to the winners
that represent the best and the brightest the state has to offer."

The winners were selected by a committee independent of the Council. Committee
members included:

  oHunter Bennett, OneNeck IT Services
  oSusan Engle, Avnet, Inc.
  oJames Goulka, Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF)
  oDr. Mani Janakiram, Intel Corporation
  oCharlie Lewis, ASU AzTE
  oMary O'Reilly, PhD, CEM, Science Foundation Arizona
  oBob Rasmussen, Honeywell Aerospace

"These companies and individuals are a testament to the exceptional quality of
innovation and top talent that exists in Arizona," said Sandra Watson,
President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "We congratulate those
recognized for their significant contributions to the technology sector and
for strengthening Arizona's position as a global leader in innovation."

The winners in their respective categories are:

Company Award Winners:

  oPioneering Award: IO, Phoenix, Arizona

At a time when enterprises depend on their data center infrastructure more
than ever, IO has truly brought innovation and reinvention to the data center
market. With its Data Center 2.0, IO is providing enterprise-class
infrastructure that can be delivered as Data Center as a Service (DCaaS)
and/or rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world.
To manage and monitor IO's modular IO Anywhere products, IO developed the
world's first secure data center infrastructure operating system, IO.OS.

  oGreen Innovator of the Year: Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park, Tucson,

The concept of this 250 acre parcel at the University of Arizona Tech Park was
to create an integrated, multi-dimensional research center that could foster
all elements of solar energy development: generation and distribution,
research and development, assembly and manufacturing, workforce training, and
public education and demonstration. It is a work in progress, however the
Solar Zone is already evolving as one of the leading centers for the testing,
evaluation, demonstration and deployment of new solar technology in the United

  oInnovator of the Year - Start-Up Company: HealthTell LLC, Chandler,

HealthTell's mission statement is to create a world without patients. HT
combines the invention of immunosignaturing diagnostics with its development
of a new chip technology to create a whole new approach to diagnostics and
health monitoring. These are technologies that could transform medicine and
allow for early detection of any disease.

  oInnovator of the Year - Small Company: CellTrust Corp., Scottsdale,

In 2012, CellTrust introduced a significant and impactful secure mobile
communications solution – CellTrust SecureVoice. CellTrust SecureVoice builds
upon SecureSMS as a Voice over IP service, providing the same end-to-end
encryption to mobile-to-mobile voice, allowing users to place calls with
complete confidence and security, knowing that private conversations will not
be compromised.

  oInnovator of the Year - Large Company: Enghouse Interactive, Phoenix,

Enghouse Interactive's [Syntellect] CIM (Customer Interaction Management)
contact center suite, is a fully-featured enterprise contact center solution
with an advanced management engine that enables organizations to fully control
a universal queue of customer interactions of all types, including telephone
and Interactive Voice Response, voicemail, email, web chat, web transactions,
fax and agent tasks. The solution integrates seamlessly into the business
environment and connects existing Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
solutions and other back-office applications, with the contact center for a
complete view of customer interactions.

  oInnovator of the Year – Academia: ASU School of Life Sciences, Tempe,

Dr. Wayne Frasch, a faculty member in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona
State University, has pioneered the development of a novel technology capable
of rapidly detecting protein biomarkers with unprecedented sensitivity: a
nanodevice, the first powered by a molecular motor. This device stretches the
limits of early detection of an infection, a bioterrorist agent, or the
ability to diagnose cancer.

Chairman Award Winner:

  oSteve Philips, Sr. Vice President, CIO, Avnet Inc.

The Chairman's Award is given once each year to an individual who has
demonstrated exemplary passion, vision, and action in support of the Council.
Steve Phillips, senior vice president and chief information officer for Avnet,
Inc., is also chairman emeritus of the board of the Arizona Technology
Council. Steve's exceptional performance, leadership and over 30 years of
experience in advancing the technology sector has been instrumental in
building the Council's level of engagement with its members.

Previously announced winners that were also honored at the event include:

Individual Award Winners:

  oOneNeck IT Services People's Choice Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary
    Tooker, former chairman of the board and CEO of Motorola Inc.
  oWilliam F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year: Northern
    Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
  oEd Denison Business Leader of the Year: Bob La Loggia, CEO of

The "Future Innovators" and "Teacher of the Year" award winners were evaluated
and chosen by a selection committee independent of the Council including
members of the Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations
(ACESA). ACESA supports, promotes and coordinates programs and activities of
the engineering and science associations within the state of Arizona through
facilitated communication and leadership.

Teacher of the Year Award Winner:

  oSandra Trevino, Buena High School, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Teacher of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:

  oChristopher C. Brandt, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, Arizona
  oMargaret Wilch, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona

Future Innovators of the Year Award Winners:

  oSirtaj Bir Singh and Sumedha Ravishankar, Empire High School, Tucson,
  oKapil Kanagal, Brophy College Prep High School, Phoenix, Arizona
  oSarah Sakha, Xavier College Prep HS, Phoenix, Arizona
  oOstin Zarse, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, Arizona

Future Innovators of the Year Award Honorable Mentions:

  oSoumya Kambhampati and Thomas Liu, McClintock High School, Tempe, Arizona
  oNicolle Mathews, Paragon Science Academy High School, Chandler, Arizona

Tech Ten Legislators:
The Tech Ten awards were given in recognition of Arizona state legislators who
have demonstrated outstanding support for promoting and advancing Arizona as a
top-tier technology state. Separate awards for "Senator of the Year" and
"Representative of the Year" were also presented:

Outstanding Tech Senator of the Year Award Winner:

  oArizona Senator Adam Driggs

Outstanding Tech Representative of the Year Award Winner:

  oArizona Representative Ted Vogt

The winning Tech Ten legislators are:
Arizona State Senate: Senator Al Melvin ; Senator John McComish; Senator
Michele Reagan; Senator Don Shooter

Arizona House of Representatives: Representative Heather Carter;
Representative Kate Brophy McGee; Representative Javan "J.D." Mesnard;
Representative Amanda Reeve; Representative David Stevens; Representative Andy

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for
science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional
business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of
technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social
action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational
forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers,
employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These
interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses
and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more
about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's aggressive, premier
economic development agency tasked with improving Arizona's overall economy
through the creation of quality jobs. The ACA focuses on the attraction of
valuable business to Arizona, the expansion of existing business and the
creation of new business. Target industries include aerospace and defense,
semiconductors, bioscience, optics and renewable energy. Visit
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Media contact:                Organization contact:
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