TEMPE, Ariz., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the High Technology Industry Cluster, presents the first event of the Council's yearly dinner series featuring keynote speaker, Jonathan Schwartz, newly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Microsystems on May 6 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Arizona Biltmore. The event will be a dynamic and interactive keynote aimed to executives and technologists in the Arizona technology community. Key topics to look forward to at the event are how to drive out cost and complexity; secure with mobility; open source vs. open standards; Sun/Microsoft Cooperation Agreement: what it means to the Tech industry and a futuristic look at enterprise. "Sun continues to be one of the premier global technology companies with a strong presence in Arizona," said Todd Bankofier, President and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "The Council is proud to bring Sun's President to Arizona and allow him the opportunity to share his vision for the company." This will be Jonathan Schwartz's first public appearance since taking office as President and COO of Sun Microsystems. In his role as President he is responsible for operations and execution of Sun's day-to-day business including Systems, Software, Global Sales Operations, worldwide manufacturing and purchasing, customer advocacy and worldwide marketing. Schwartz reports to Scott McNealy, Chairman and CEO. "Sun Microsystems has consistently demonstrated itself to be one of the most important technology companies on the planet," said Schwartz. "I'm looking forward to continuing a long history of disruptive innovation as we start a new beginning." The event is sponsored by Advanced Systems Group one of the leading Sun Microsystems iForce(R) National System Providers and systems integrators in the country; Lewis and Roca a leading law firm in the Southwest; and Sun Microsystems. Cost to attend is $65 for Technology Council members; $85 for non-members. Media interviews with Jonathan Schwartz will be available the week of May 3. Registration for seating and table sponsorships is available at the Arizona Technology Council website: www.aztechcouncil.org. Agenda for May 6, 2004 Keynote Dinner: 5:30-6:30pm (Cocktail Reception and Registration) 6:30-8:30pm (Dinner and Keynote Presentation) Cost--Individuals: Members-$65 Non-members-$85 Cost--Corporate Tables: Members-$600 Non-members-$800 About The Arizona Technology Council The Arizona Technology Council's vision is for Arizona to be recognized as a top-tier center for technology-based industries and businesses with an education system that produces a best-of-class 21st century workforce in a statewide community where its citizens share in the highest quality of life possible. The Council's mission is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona's technology community. The Council delivers on this mission by representing, supporting and advocating for member companies through initiatives, advocacy, networking and effective communications. The Arizona Technology Council, a nonprofit membership based technology association, currently represents over 30,000 employees across more than 400 of the leading technology companies in industries including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, e-learning, environmental technology, software/internet, semiconductor, and telecommunications. The Council is led by its president, Todd Bankofier, chairman of the board, Paul Johnson, an appointed executive committee and a board of directors comprised of a cross-section of academic, private and public sector professionals. For more information, visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.
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