Policymakers, Industry Leader Honored for Championing Policies that Advance Country’s IT Industry
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 12, 2015 – This week, TechAmerica, the public sector and public advocacy department of CompTIA, and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) presented the 2015 TechAmerica Champion Awards to U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Aaron Woods, director of Strategic Partner Programs at Xerox Corp. in recognition of their leadership and advocacy work on behalf of the country’s information technology (IT) industry.
The TechAmerica Champion Awards were presented here on Tuesday as part of the two-day 2015 TechAmerica D.C. Fly-In.
“This year’s TechAmerica Champion Awards are given in recognition of three individuals who have not only been instrumental in championing policies that advance the country’s IT industry but have exemplified leadership in the technology sector,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers is an influential member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. She has her pulse on the intersection of technology, innovation and economic health.
From her position of leadership in the Republican Conference, Representative McMorris Rodgers has made it a priority for members of Congress to use digital media and technology in order to increase transparency and good government and increase communications between policymakers and their constituents. She not only talks about tech, she is a user and proponent of tech.
Representative McMorris Rodgers led the way in health IT, introducing legislation in Congress and chairing a statewide health IT taskforce in Washington, and laying the ground work for future advancements in health IT. She is a strong proponent of STEM education and increasing technology in the classroom. She understands, more than most, the connection between technology and better quality of life for many Americans.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden co-authored and led efforts to make permanent the Internet Tax Freedom Act. This week, Sens. Wyden and Thune reintroduced the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. Sen. Wyden has also authored the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, and the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act – legislation that seeks to protect consumers, while ensuring a strong and growing industry. These are core issues for our industry and Tech Councils from across the country are grateful for Senator Wyden’s leadership.
Aaron Woods, director of Strategic Partner Programs at Xerox Corp., is not only a top advocate back home in Oregon but he is actively involved in CompTIA’s initiatives targeted at improving services offerings and the experience of resellers and manufacturers throughout the IT industry. He was instrumental in helping to develop and introduce the CompTIA A+ certification programs for technicians. He also worked to develop the standardized warranty claim form, adopted by many IT manufacturers, and is currently working on a warranty fraud and service abuse initiative.
“It is an honor to work on significant issues that build the innovation economy which produces so many exciting goods and services. I’m honored to accept the 2015 TechAmerica Champion Award and to partner with TechAmerica, CompTIA and TECNA to ensure that federal policies are in line with the times and global in nature. I am grateful to have their support on the Internet Tax Freedom Act and the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act—thank you for this wonderful ride together,” said Senator Wyden.
“As a longtime champion of technological advancement and innovation, I am honored to receive this year’s TechAmerica Champion Award,” said Chair Rodgers. “One of my main goals as Chair of the House Republican Conference has been to bring a little bit of the tech world’s ingenuity to Capitol Hill – which is why I am so proud to stand beside the leaders and technology creators of TechAmerica. They embody the spirit of innovation that has come to define 21st-century America.”
“Receiving this TechChampion award is very heartfelt for me. It is an honor to be recognized for the contributions I have made to CompTIA since 1989 and to the overall technology sector,” said Aaron Woods. “One of the initiatives I actively support nationally as well as in Oregon is the advancement of STEM education. Not only is it critical to building our nation’s future technology workforce but students who are better educated in these areas can become more effective and innovative employees in technology companies and in IT jobs supporting companies in almost every sector of the economy. Without STEM, our industry will not move forward.”
“U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Aaron Woods, have been at the forefront of prioritizing policies that support the nation’s IT industry. We are proud to work with them as well as others to provide laser beam focus on leadership and advocacy around IT issues that not only facilitate industry partnerships in the commercial and local government sectors but also support IT provider needs,” Thibodeaux added.
The TechAmerica Champion Awards were presented at the TechAmerica Champion Awards Dinner in conjunction with the day 2015 TechAmerica D.C. Fly-In held February 10 and 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.
For more information on the TechAmerica 2014 D.C. Fly-In, visit http://www.comptia.org/techamericaflyin
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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the information technology (IT) industry. Its 2,000+ member companies, 1.8 million certification holders, and 3,000 academic and training partners, are at the forefront of innovation and digitalization. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market intelligence, networking events and professional certifications.
Through its TechAmerica public advocacy efforts, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact the entire continuum of information technology companies – from small IT service providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA, along with its policy arm TechAmerica, gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, allowing them to quickly and comprehensively understand policy developments – and then do something about it. CompTIA fosters an environment for members to succeed in information technology through comprehensive global, national and regional advocacy as well as high-level business intelligence that delivers an edge in the marketplace.
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents almost 50 IT and technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.