IT Hall of Fame Will Recognize Industry's Best and Brightest

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Nominations now open for Class of 2011; Induction set for April 2011 at CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

Some of the iconic figures of the American business scene have emerged from the IT industry and the intent of the IT Hall of Fame is to recognize these game-changers.

The best the information technology (IT) industry has to offer will be honored in a new IT Hall of Fame created by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the IT industry.

“Some of the iconic figures of the American business scene have emerged from the IT industry and the intent of the IT Hall of Fame is to recognize these game-changers,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.

The IT Hall of Fame consists of two wings: the IT Channel Wing for individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided outstanding service to the IT channel; and the IT Innovators Wing, recognizing individuals responsible for outstanding technology innovations.

Nominations are now open for the IT Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Any individual, living or deceased, who has pioneered or uniquely helped the IT channel flourish or who is responsible for a major IT innovation, is eligible for induction. Inductees for 2011 will be honored at the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting April 7, 2011 in Chicago. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 1, 2011.

The new IT Hall of Fame builds on the legacy of an earlier hall of fame established by the respected industry publication CRN. Among the notables previously recognized by CRN for their contributions to the industry are Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft; David Boucher, former IBM channel chief; Rod Canion, co-founder and CEO, Compaq Computer; Ross Cooley, former vice president and general manager, North America, Compaq Computer; Phil Corcoran and Chuck Wolande, co-founders of Comark; Michael Dell, founder and CEO, Dell; Philip “Don” Estridge president, IBM Entry Level Systems Division (personal computer); Bill Gates, co-founder, Microsoft; Andrew Grove, chairman and CEO, Intel; William Hewlett and David Packard, co-founders, Hewlett-Packard; and Bob Huang, president and CEO, Synnex.

Also recognized are Bronson Ingram, founder and former chairman and CEO, Ingram Industries; Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO, Apple; Phillipe Kahn, founder, Borland International; Michael Krasny, IT sales innovator, founder and CEO, CDW Computer Centers; Chip Lacy, president and CEO, Micro Warehouse; Jeff McKeever, co-founder, MicroAge; Bill Millard, chairman and founder, ComputerLand; Frank Mogavero, founder, Data Systems Worldwide; Nathan Morton, former CEO, CompUSA; Edward Raymund, chairman and CEO, Tech Data Corp; Mort Rosenthal, founder, Corporate Software; Izzy Schwab, CEO, D & H Distribution; and Roy Vallee, chairman and CEO, Avnet

All nominees submitted by the Feb. 1, 2011 deadline will be considered and voted on by the Hall of Fame selection committee, which will choose between two and six individuals for induction. The current IT Industry Hall of Fame committee includes Steven Burke, editor/news, Everything Channel; Timothy Curran, chief executive officer, Global Technology Distribution Council; Kelley Damore, vice president, editorial director, Everything Channel: Gary Gillam, vice president, North American channel operations, Xerox Corp.; Arlin Sorensen, chief executive officer, Heartland Technology Solutions; and Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA

Additional details on Hall of Fame criteria are available at

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