Brooks Raiford of the North Carolina Technology Association Recognized as 2014 TechVoice Champion

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TechVoice Partner Exemplifies Leadership in the Technology Sector

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2013 – CompTIA and TECNA, through their TechVoice partnership, are honoring Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association, with the 2014 TechVoice Champion Award.

The TechVoice Champion Award recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership in the technology sector; who have championed policies that advance the country’s information technology (IT) industry; and who understand that small and medium-sized (SMB) technology firms are the backbone of our nation’s economy.

“The tech sector is a key driver in our economy and North Carolina is a magnet for high-tech and biotech job creation,” said Elizabeth Hyman, vice president, public advocacy, CompTIA. “We recognize Brooks Raiford for the pivotal role he’s taken on to advance the North Carolina technology sector, to bring members of Congress together with the leaders from the tech industry and to provide stellar representation for one of the most prominent high tech research and development centers in the United States.”

The 2014 TechVoice Champion Award will be presented to Raiford at the TechVoice Champion Awards Dinner in conjunction with the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In on February 11. The fly-in allows U.S. business leaders in the technology sector to meet face-to-face with Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill and other key policymakers in Washington.

Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) will also receive a 2014 TechVoice Champion Award at the event.

Raiford has served as president and CEO of NCTA since 2008. He is a North Carolina native with a passion and background in government relations, business development and operational management.

In the early 1990s, he served as a policy aide in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, where a key focus area was information technology and its impact on a variety of public policy areas.  Subsequently, Raiford served as director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina, and then president of Leadership North Carolina. Most recently, he was director of business development for Balfour Beatty Construction.

His other current leadership activities include serving as a governor’s appointee to the North Carolina eLearning Commission; the Board of Advisors of North Carolina New Schools; the Board of Directors of TECNA; the North Carolina Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; and president of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University, where he is a former student body president and university trustee. 

“It is a great honor to receive the 2014 TechVoice Champion Award,” said Raiford. “I am privileged to be able to help connect executives, public policy leaders, visionaries and world- class leaders around the business of technology. NCTA has become a go-to organization for policy-makers on issues affecting the North Carolina tech sector. Not only do we help shape policy to foster growth and opportunity, but we champion legislation that provides a favorable tax and regulatory environment, encourages new ventures, grows knowledge-based jobs and expands the knowledge workforce in North Carolina. We are proud of the work we’ve done to mentor a generation to lead 21st century technology. We are impacting K-20 education through initiatives to promote and enhance the state’s technology and education opportunities. We also endorse legislation that provides investment in educational technology and promotes training to attract more students into the STEM curricula.”

“It is a great privilege to work with Brooks. He is focused on helping NCTA members grow regionally and compete globally by actively connecting industry and educating government officials on issues relevant to the technology industry,” added Hyman.

For more information on the 2014 TechVoice Champion Awards and the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In, visit www.techvoice.org.

About TechVoice

TechVoice is a partnership of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and participating regional technology associations. Collectively, TechVoice represents thousands of technology companies across the country employing millions of workers. TechVoice is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the grassroots tech community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation and job creation. For more information, visit www.techvoice.org and http://twitter.com/tech_voice.

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit www.comptia.org, http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and http://twitter.com/comptia.

About TECNA
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents almost 50 IT and technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry.

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