The Arizona Technology Council’s President and CEO Steven G. Zylstra has been named the Arizona Society of Association Executives (AzSAE) Executive of the Year. The highest recognition given to a chief staff executive by the AzSAE, Zylstra is being recognized for his commitment to his association, its members, his civic and community affairs, and the affiliate associations and organizations he serves.
Zylstra will receive the honor at the AzSAE’s 52nd Annual Awards Gala and Celebration, December 7, 2016, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North.
“Steve is a stellar association professional and is well-deserving of the Executive of the Year honor,” said Bob Moore, chief operating officer of the American Dental Hygienists Association and a certified AzSAE executive. “I had the pleasure of working with Steve for two years when he served as chairman of the Technology Councils of North America and I served as the first executive director. He leads by example, articulating the vision for his organization and getting those he works with to align with that vision.”
Since assuming leadership of the Arizona Technology Council in 2007, Zylstra has raised its role in public policy and has positioned the organization as one of the state’s leaders in driving a pro-growth, business-focused state and federal technology agenda. He continually informs and educates policymakers on issues that are important to Arizona’s economy and technology community, and testifies before the Legislature on a regular basis. Like a true leader, Zylstra uses his intellect and experience to help guide the way towards a more prosperous Arizona for all to enjoy.
“It’s a true honor to be recognized by my peers in the Arizona Society of Association Executives,” said Zylstra. “I have dedicated my professional life to technology and a career in associations, and I have been very fortunate to have worked with others who share my passion for the growth of Arizona’s technology sector. This award is a testament to my staff and the entire technology community in Arizona who work hard to ensure our state remains competitive in a global economy.”
Zylstra’s ethical and effective leadership has become a core component of every action and effort of the Arizona Technology Council. He is an articulate and passionate spokesperson for the value that technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona, and is a leading advocate for improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Zylstra is committed to building a better Arizona for generations to come.