Every year, one world-renowned tech CEO is chosen to speak at the Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame Gala, a celebration of the greatest tech entrepreneurs in Utah. In the past, this has included such notable speakers as Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.
This year’s Hall of Fame Gala (the 19th of its kind) is being held on November 10 in Salt Lake City and there are two things to be aware of.
First, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be the keynote speaker, which is really cool. He was invited to Utah by Senator Orrin Hatch — who I believe invites everyone to these functions — and happily accepted, prompting this statement from Hatch:
“I am pleased that Satya Nadella has accepted my invitation to keynote the Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame event. He is a true innovator and is doing amazing things for Microsoft. Following a thrilling visit from Apple’s Tim Cook last year, Satya will continue our tradition of bringing the world’s foremost tech leaders to Utah to provide unique insights and inspiring advice for our vibrant innovation community.”
Second, Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard, REES Capital Managing Partner Amy Rees Anderson, and Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne will be inducted into the UTC Hall of Fame. I’m going to assume my induction will be happening next year, but I will keep everyone posted on that front. In the meantime, let’s celebrate these three Utah entrepreneurs while I wait on pins and needles for my invite.
So, the Cliff Notes version: UTC Hall of Fame Gala. November 10. Salt Lake City. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking. Skonnard, Anderson, Byrne honored. Tickets available. Everybody excited.
“Satya Nadella embodies the ideal surrounding this year’s Hall of Fame Gala,” said John Knotwell, CEO of Utah Technology Council (UTC). “As a transformational leader, he has taught all those he works with the value of change and how — from an individual level — change can rebuild and rebirth a company. His determination to help Microsoft rediscover its soul will benefit every member of our growing community.”