The Utah Technology Council (UTC), Utah’s premier professional association, had recently held the 2011 Annual Members’ Meeting which was attended by Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager of Adobe Systems’ Omniture Business Unit. Rencher addressed the technology executives and urged them to build the next great $1B global company here. Rencher joined Omniture in 2008 as vice president of corporate development and drives the vision and direction of the Omniture Business Unit and oversees all aspects of the Adobe Online Marketing Suite which is an industry-leading solution that enables chief marketing officers to optimize advertising spending and conversion.
In a release, Rencher said that, “You’re good enough. You’re smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like you. A long list of Utah successes includes Novell (News - Alert), Altiris and Omniture, which is now the Omniture Business Unit of global company Adobe Systems, Incorporated. Omniture grew from a philosophy of ‘Why not us?’ similar to the approach of Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. We hired leading executives from Oracle, Sybase (News - Alert) and other leading global companies. We didn’t hire them to work in Silicon Valley, we brought them to Utah. And we did it without apology. UTC members were invited to adopt that same philosophy in bringing and expanding innovation in Utah: ‘Why not you? Why not here?’ leaving them with a challenge to build the next global billion dollar company here.”
UTC’s 2011 Annual Members’ Meeting was sponsored by XO Communications (News - Alert) and Fidelity Investments and UTC members honored industry triumphs from the past year, elected a number of officers and trustees for the coming year, and honored peer 12 award winners at the meeting. The award recipients include, Executive of the Year to David Bradford from Fusion-io (News - Alert); CFO of the Year to Brenda Homer from DigiCert; CTO of the Year to Kurt Williams from Mindshare; Emerging Executive of the Year to Chris Hopkins from Knudra; Marketing Executive of the Year to Maile Keone from VacationRoost; Sales Executive of the Year to J.D. Jeppson from Allegiance (News - Alert); HR Executive of the Year to Cindy Dayton from Aribex; Legislators of the Year to Sen. Curtis Bramble and Senate Majority Whip Wayne Niederhauser; Quality Workforce to Sen. Howard Stephenson and House Majority Whip Gregory Hughes; Life Science Funding Award to Rep. David Clark; Master Bridge Builder to Scott Anderson from Zions Bank; and Volunteer of the Year to Steve Shurtz from Brinks Hofer.Richard R. Nelson, founder and CEO of the UTC said that, “From our beginnings as an association of some 137 companies, UTC now represents Utah’s spectacular technology community of more than 5,700 firms located or strongly represented here. We are extremely grateful for all who have joined together with us who have the stature and forward vision to continue to grow and strengthen the technology industry in Utah.”