Brooks Raiford of the North Carolina Technology Association Recognized as 2014 TechVoice Champion

Brooks Raiford of the North Carolina Technology Association Recognized as 2014
TechVoice Champion

TechVoice Partner Exemplifies Leadership in the Technology Sector

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CompTIA and TECNA, through their
TechVoice partnership, are honoring Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the
North Carolina Technology Association, with the 2014 TechVoice Champion Award.

The TechVoice Champion Award recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership
in the technology sector; who have championed policies that advance the
country's information technology (IT) industry; and who understand that small
and medium-sized (SMB) technology firms are the backbone of our nation's

"The tech sector is a key driver in our economy and North Carolina is a magnet
for high-tech and biotech job creation," said Elizabeth Hyman, vice president,
public advocacy, CompTIA. "We recognize Brooks Raiford for the pivotal role
he's taken on to advance the North Carolina technology sector, to bring
members of Congress together with the leaders from the tech industry and to
provide stellar representation for one of the most prominent high tech
research and development centers in the United States."

The 2014 TechVoice Champion Award will be presented to Raiford at the
TechVoice Champion Awards Dinner in conjunction with the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In
on February 11. The fly-in allows U.S. business leaders in the technology
sector to meet face-to-face with Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill
and other key policymakers in Washington.

Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) will also receive a 2014 TechVoice Champion
Award at the event.

Raiford has served as president and CEO of NCTA since 2008. He is a North
Carolina native with a passion and background in government relations,
business development and operational management.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina
Governor's Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its
impact on a variety of public policy areas. Subsequently, Raiford served as
director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then president
of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was director of business
development for Balfour Beatty Construction.

"It is a great honor to receive the 2014 TechVoice Champion Award," said
Raiford. "I am privileged to be able to help connect executives, public policy
leaders, visionaries and world- class leaders around the business of
technology. NCTA has become a go-to organization for policy-makers on issues
affecting the North Carolina tech sector. Not only do we help shape policy to
foster growth and opportunity, but we champion legislation that provides a
favorable tax and regulatory environment, encourages new ventures, grows
knowledge-based jobs and expands the knowledge workforce in North Carolina."

For more information on the 2014 TechVoice Champion Awards and the TechVoice
D.C. Fly-In, visit

CONTACT: Lana Sansur

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