18th Annual Hall of Fame Remarks
2016 HALL OF FAME REMARKS
Friday, September 30, 2016
Ladies and Gentlemen, WELCOME to the 18th Annual UTC Hall of Fame!
We are pleased to have United States Senator Orrin Hatch, now president pro tem, with us tonight, carrying on his decade-long tradition of personally inviting our global technology keynote speaker. Tonight’s featured keynote is no exception as we welcome Apple CEO Tim Cook!
Tonight we Hall of Fame inductees: Fraser Bullock, Co-founder and Senior Advisor of Sorenson Capital, Carine Clark, CEO of Maritz CX, and Peter Genereaux, founder of the Utah Information Technology Association, the forerunner of UTC.
As a trustee of UTC, Fraser helped us close the $100 million Utah Fund of Funds with the Legislature in 2003;
- In addition to being a very successful CEO, Carine is the region’s lead champion in getting girls excited to launch coding careers; and
- Peter did something none of us did. He had the vision and doggedness to start two amazing tech communities, first in Utah with UITA; and then nationally, uniting other tech associations.
All who know these three extraordinary leaders, like I do, have great admiration for their impact on our industry and lives.
I invite you to join us tonight in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Utah Technology Council. UTC is proud to be the driving force behind Utah’s technology ecosystem, giving over 5,000 tech companies a unified influential voice as we marshal support from business, government, education and community leaders.
At UTC we are focused on the industry’s Top 3 Strategic Priorities:
- EXPANDING THE TALENT PIPELINE to meet the state’s demand to fill 1000s of high tech and related positions – UTC’s #1 issue since 2007;
- NURTURING A TECH-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT for growing successful technology companies now and into the future; and
- FOSTERING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION within Utah’s companies.
As evidence that we’ve developed the best economic environment, consider these three facts:
- Utah businesses attracted an impressive $710 million in venture capital just last year, according to the National Venture Capital Association, placing our state again in the top national tier.
- Late last year, Forbes Magazine named Utah the Best state for business for the 5th time in 6 years.
- In 2016, Utah was named the #1 State for Business in CNBC’s 10th annual list of best places in the U.S. to conduct business.
We give appreciation to our excellent governor, Gary Herbert, for his role in these successes, and for his strong support of our efforts including our longtime initiative to create an even-more prepared workforce with a growing focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM education and skills.
With all of Utah’s top rankings as an economy and vibrant community, we applaud Governor Herbert in his “bold new goal to be the #1 Education State in America!”
As we prepare for this evening’s keynote, I once
again acknowledge the remarkable contribution and service of Senator Orrin Hatch, and echo the opinion of so many, that “No member of the United States Congress has had more impact on Innovation in this country over the past decade than Senator Orrin Hatch!” Last year we had the privilege of inducting the Senator into our HOF, as you can see on page 15 of your program.
I love the way Orrin describes himself: “Proven, Productive Leadership that puts Utah on the map.”
Thanks to Senator Hatch, we are extremely pleased to welcome Tim Cook, CEO of the World’s Most Admired Company in 2016 (according to Fortune) — and the world’s most highly valued company at $600 billion.
Clearly, Tim, you have come to a region that loves innovation, and we love Apple!
In conclusion, we thank each of you for joining the Utah Technology Council in celebrating our technology industry, and for helping us propel the growth of our tremendous tech companies on a national and global scale these past 25 years!
And now, I am pleased to invite our great industry friend, Senator Orrin Hatch and Apple’s stellar CEO Tim Cook to the stage for our keynote presentation.