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Let the Bidding Begin…Executive Lunch Auction Opens to Benefit AZ Tech Council

Let the Bidding Begin…Executive Lunch Auction Opens to Benefit AZ Tech Council
Lanni Solochek

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The Arizona Technology Council is auctioning off members of their Board of Executives to raise money for member services. Auctions opened on July 8th and close on July 19th. The highest bidder on each board member will receive a lunch with their chosen executive to pick their brains for ideas, pitch future plans, or receive advice. If you do not want to bid against others, there is also a “buy now” option to instantly end the auction. Board members begin at $100 and winners will be contacted by their board member within 30 days of the auction ending.

As for where they got the idea, CEO and President of Arizona Technology Council Steven Zylstra said, “We emulated models that are used by the Technology Alliance of Georgia and the Louisiana Technology Council.  They are both members of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).  Among other things, it is a best practices sharing organization with over 50 members in the US and Canada.  I become President in August for two years.”

Left to right:  Top Row: Mike Hawksworth, Steve Phillips, Jerry Fuentes, Mario Martinez, Tony Wanger  Bottom Row: Roger Vogel, Michael Guggemos, Bob Witwer, Chuck Vermillion, Hamid Shojaee,

Left to right:
Top Row: Mike Hawksworth, Steve Phillips, Jerry Fuentes, Mario Martinez, Tony Wanger
Bottom Row: Roger Vogel, Michael Guggemos, Bob Witwer, Chuck Vermillion, Hamid Shojaee,

Steve also spoke about the benefits of the auction for the winners. “We are always hearing from our members that they wish to get in front of key decision makers. This gives them the opportunity to buy that privilege at a very modest price while supporting their trade association. It’s a win-win-win.”

Among the board members being auctioned are:

Jerry Fuentes, President—AT&T Arizona/New Mexico

Mario Martinez II, CEO—IMS Health | 360 Vantage

Bob Witwer, Vice President of Advanced Technology—Honeywell Aerospace

Hamid Shojaee, CEO—Axosoft

Chris Johnson, CEO—Terralever

Bernie Merwald, Vice President of Engineering—Raytheon Missile Systems

For more information and a full list of auctionees, click here. Start the bidding here.

Learn more about Arizona Technology Council here.

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