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Avnet names CEO after Hamada stepped down in July

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Phoenix-based global technology distributor, Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced its CEO appointment after its former CEO, Rick Hamada, stepped down in mid-July. Interim CEO William “Bill” J. Amelio has been named CEO of Avnet by the firm’s Board of Directors and will be assuming the role immediately, according to a Tuesday announcement. “For me, Avnet is all… Read More →

Tempe tech center to add 400 jobs

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Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) will bring more than 400 jobs to its new 92,000-square-foot technology hub and service center located at 1144 W. Washington St., Tempe. Willis Towers Watson is hiring over 400 professionals, including software engineers, licensed benefit advisors, and other service experts. The center is designed to eventually house up to 800… Read More →

108 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list

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A total of 108 Arizona companies earned spots on the Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for 2016. Criteria for earning admission to the 2016 Inc. 5000’s list include required businesses to: • Be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S., and independent (not a subsidiary or division of… Read More →

Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. “All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “These women are… Read More →

Virtual Reality degree back at UAT

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The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time,… Read More →

Higher Ed Growth makes Inc. 5000

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Higher Ed Growth (HEG) recently ranked No. 3065 on Inc. magazine’s 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This marks the company’s third consecutive year on the exclusive Inc. 5000 list. HEG has seen its three-year growth rate increase 111 percent. The company credits the launch of innovative, new edu contact center… Read More →

Watch Mayor Stanton shoot hoops tonight at tech fundraiser

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DoubleDutch, the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. have teamed up to host the first-ever Valley Oop! three-on-three startup basketball tournament. Valley Oop! will bring together 24 teams – including one led by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton – from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 19 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Stanton and DoubleDutch CEO… Read More →

JDA Software announces $570M equity investment

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JDA Software Group, Inc. announced Friday it completed an agreement with funds managed by Blackstone (NYSE: BX) and New Mountain Capital (NMC) to effect a recapitalization of the company through a $570 million equity investment. The new capital will be used to fuel JDA’s product innovation and growth plans to deliver next generation cloud-based solutions and accelerate… Read More →

ON Semiconductor named to 2016 ‘Who’s Who in Business’

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ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficiency innovations, today announced that it was named to the Arizona Republic’s prestigious 2016 Who’s Who in Business list, as one of the Top 10 Publicly Held Arizona Companies. Additionally, two of the company’s executives were listed among the state’s highest ranking women—Debbie Brogan, vice president of corporate program… Read More →

Nima Kelly: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Nima Kelly, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, GoDaddy Officially, Kelly is responsible for all things legal at GoDaddy — mergers and acquisitions, governance, litigation and intellectual property matters. Unofficially, she is somewhat of a corporate historian because of the tenure and is often referred to as “VP of everything.” Advice: “Broaden your horizons and… Read More →

APS and Phoenix Suns team up to provide STEM grants

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What do cardboard boat races, worm farms, robot coding and solar car design have in common? They are all recent classroom projects funded by STEM mini-grants from APS and the Phoenix Suns. And, effective immediately, Arizona K-12 teachers in public and charter schools within the APS service territory are invited to apply for STEM mini-grants… Read More →

Virtuous Software raises $1.5M in Seed 2 funding round

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Virtuous Software, a pioneering nonprofit CRM software, today announced it has raised $1.5 million in its latest funding round, bringing the total raised to $2.2 million since 2015. The round was led by Access Ventures. The capital will be used to launch key new relationship automation features and increase the company’s marketing and sales efforts, allowing the company to accelerate its mission of helping charities… Read More →

Arizona Technology Council and AOIA forge partnership

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In a move to boost their ongoing efforts to grow the science and technology sectors of Arizona’s economy and increase the number of high-paying jobs in the state, the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AOIA) Monday announced the two organizations have signed a collaborative agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the… Read More →

Kami Cothrun: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Kami Cothrun, founder, Pieceful Solutions Cothrun is the founder of Pieceful Solutions schools, which opened in 2008 to offer children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays a comprehensive program from kindergarten through 12th grade. Advice: “Never give up. I’m a believer in the saying, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way.’ No matter what… Read More →