Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80CompTIAWorld | SPRING 2017 28 During the awards dinner, Booker said technology was the force that changed his family tree. “[Civil Rights] activists got my dad a tech job and that changed our lives forever. He was the first black person to hold an IBM sales position in Northern Virginia. Technology is the great equalizer. I’ve experienced firsthand how it opens up doors and helps the common man achieve their dreams,” he said. “We need technology and innovators like you to push the envelope, people like you who are creating a bolder future for others.” Since his election to the Senate in 2013, Booker has worked closely with the technology industry to support several key policy initiatives. Through his work on the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs (LEAP) Act, Booker has shown a deep understanding of how apprenticeships can be a powerful tool in preparing our workforce for a technology-driven economy. Hurd was recognized next. “In San Antonio, we are training 42 middle school teachers to teach 5,000 kids to code for algebra. I wish I got exposed to coding when I was in seventh grade. I want to thank you. This is possible because of organizations like yours.” Hurd brings a unique perspective to Congress from his past careers in the CIA and the cybersecurity industry. His experience has allowed him to become a technology leader in Congress, pushing for greater STEM education and a Cyber National Guard that would boost our cyber-workforce. As cyber-threats continue to grow across the country, Hurd’s background will be a valuable resource in protecting our country’s critical infrastructure. CTO, Secure Designs Inc., Ron Culler, was the final award recipient. “I am really honored to receive this award. This is a group of people that cares about our industry and our country. The work done by CompTIA on the federal level “Technology is the great equalizer. It opens up doors and helps the common man achieve their dreams.” – Senator Cory Booker Tech industry leaders Charles Cooper, EVP, Signal Group; Jason Boxt, EVP, Penn Schoen Berland; and Jack Krumholtz, Managing Director, Glover Park Group.