May 7th, 2009 – PORTLAND, Ore. – TechAmerica Oregon (formerly the Oregon Council of AeA) announced at a ceremony last evening the winners of this year’s Oregon Technology Awards. The winners represent the top companies in five categories that include: System/Hardware, Software, Technology-Service, Emerging Company, and Cool Product. This year, more than 60 nominations were received, with the top three in each category being selected as finalists. The winners were selected based on the biggest positive impact they were able to make in their industry and within the region.
More than 400 guests attended this year’s awards program to acknowledge the technical, business and community achievements of all the finalists.
This year’s Oregon Technology Award winners are:
System/Hardware Company of the Year
Software Company of the Year
Technology-Service Company of the Year
Emerging Company of the Year
Ralph Quinsey, president and CEO of TriQuint Semiconductor, was also honored as Technology Executive of the Year. He was selected based on his leadership in his company, the greater Oregon community and the technology industry. Quinsey was chosen by a collection of the program’s previous Technology Executive of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients who make up the Selection Committee. Nominations were evaluated from the committee and from the technology community
“We wish to thank all the finalists for making this year’s competition very competitive,” said Jennifer Bosze, executive director, TechAmerica Oregon. “Oregon’s technology community is robust and offers some of the world’s most innovative products. It is an honor to come together for a fun evening to acknowledge these technical, business and community achievements.”
In addition to the winners named above, three products were previously selected as finalists for this year’s Cool Product of the Year. These products were voted on live by event attendees using state-of-the-art polling technology. Through the use of a mobile phone, each person in attendance was able to vote live and see the results tabulated in real time. The winner of this award is:
Cool Product of the Year (TBD)
About the Oregon Technology Awards
The Oregon Technology Awards are underwritten and produced by financial and in-kind sponsors. The presenting sponsor is UnitedHealthcare. Other sponsors include Pop Art, McClenahan Bruer Communications, Webtrends, Oracle, Woodruff Sawyer, Perkins Coie LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, Momentum Management Resources, First Tech Credit Union, KPMG and USI Northwest.
To learn more about this year’s Oregon Technology Awards event, please visit http://www.oregontechawards.com.
TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry, which is the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,500 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry’s largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members’ top and bottom lines. It is also the technology industry’s only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States, Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing). TechAmerica was formed by the merger of AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA). Learn more at www.techamerica.org.
Contact: Barry Katcher, McClenahan Bruer Communications for TechAmerica Oregon, at 503.546.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Bosze, Executive Director, TechAmerica Oregon, at 503.624.6050 or email@example.com.