Prominent Arizona Leaders Join Arizona Technology Council's Board of Directors

Distinguished group of industry executives join leadership focused on keeping Arizona's technology sector competitive

Aug 16, 2012, 13:43 ET from Arizona Technology Council

PHOENIX, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its first-class level of governance made up of diverse talent, the Arizona Technology Council today announced that Edward Aaronson, director, Enterprise Sales, Cox Business; Gavin Miller, vice president of Marketing, Solutions and Sales Acceleration for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas; and Tony Portela, IT Director, Suntron Corporation; have each been elected to serve three-year terms as directors on the Council's Board of Directors.  All three leaders were approved in a unanimous vote during a regular session of the Board of Directors' meeting on July 19, 2012.


"We are honored to welcome Ed, Gavin and Tony to the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors," said Charles A. Vermillion, chairman of the Board, Arizona Technology Council and CEO, OneNeck IT Services Corporation. "All are true industry leaders and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the association."

The Arizona Technology Council's executive officers and board of directors serve in an advisory and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the state's technology industries in the Council's strategic planning and on-going operations. This translates into topnotch ideas and wisdom that turn into executable programs that benefit all members.

"What sets the Council apart from other advocacy groups is the consistent executive-level engagement from our Board Members to address issues facing the technology industry," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "We are appreciative of their focus on this important industry sector as a central source of job creation and economic recovery."

Edward Aaronson is responsible for all Enterprise and Public Sector Business sales efforts for Cox Business in Arizona. He has a proven track record of leading successful high growth businesses and has an extensive background in driving sales and marketing efforts across diverse business environments.  Ed has also effectively demonstrated his profit and loss management experience, as well as significant senior leadership experience in sales force development and management. 

Gavin Miller serves as vice president of Marketing, Solutions and Sales Acceleration for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. He is responsible for the development and growth of vertical market and technology solutions practices; financial and business analytics offerings; solutions business development; and supplier business acceleration. He also directs strategic and solutions marketing for the organization. Under his leadership, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, has significantly enhanced its enterprise IT and data center solutions offerings to help value-added resellers grow their businesses in vertical markets, such as energy, finance, government, healthcare and retail.

Tony Portela is responsible for directing all areas of IT/IS across Suntron Corporation and has been with the company for over 10 years. During his tenure he has provided guidance, support, engineering skills, architecture expertise and leadership through various cycles of business lifecycle: mergers, acquisition, massive growth and downsizing. Tony's maintained focus has been keeping this Mid-Size Company at the forefront of technology, while keeping costs down and maximizing value proposition to business efforts across all vertical components of the manufacturing realm.

These newly appointed directors join a distinguished group of industry executives who currently serve on the Council's board of 34 directors and six executive officers. Companies represented include: Alerion, American Express, Apollo Group, Arizona State University, AT&T, Avnet, Boeing, Bryan Cave LLP, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cox Communications, Ernst & Young, Fennemore Craig, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Honeywell Aerospace, IO Data Centers, Infusionsoft, Insight Enterprises, Intel Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, Lumension Security, MSS Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, OneNeck IT Services, Powers Investments,  Quarles & Brady, Raytheon Missile Systems, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Signature Technologies Inc., Solstice Capital, SunTron Corporation, Telesphere, TGen, The Board Institute, 360 Vantage, Tucson Embedded Systems, University of Arizona, Vante, Wells Fargo Bank, and Western Alliance Bank.

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies.  Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry.  These interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

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