Rackspace Chairman to Keynote at the Austin Technology Council CEO Summit 2012

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Texas Technology Powerhouse Co-Founder Will Address 300 Peers May 17, 2012

Austin Technology Council (ATC) today announced Rackspace® Hosting will be leading the keynote address at its upcoming CEO Summit, being held in Austin, Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18. Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace, will be speaking with the summit audience live via satellite. Max Thoene, Rackspace Austin office site leader, will be with the attendees live at the summit. The Rackspace leaders will be discussing “The Future of Tech in Texas.”

Rackspace is the service leader in cloud computing and one of the fastest growing technology companies in the state of Texas. The company employs over 4,000 Rackers, the name it uses to refer to Rackspace employees, with about 2,500 Rackers at the company headquarters in San Antonio. Its Austin office employs over 330 Rackers and focuses on various areas of the business such as customer support, sales and product development. Rackspace also has over 85 Rackers at its two Dallas data centers. Worldwide, the company services over 172,000 customers.

“We are honored to be a part of kicking off this important gathering of our Texas technology peers,” said Graham Weston, chairman for Rackspace. “It is critical that the leaders of Texas technology companies work together to maintain – and grow - the strength of our state and the innovation that starts here and positively affects the world.”

“We are fortunate to have a billion-dollar tech success story right here in our backyard. Rackspace exemplifies an innovative tech company that we need to foster more of here in Texas,” said Austin Technology Council president, Julie Huls. “The growth, innovation and entrepreneurialism all have a trickle down effect that our region should be proud of. We are honored that their leaders are making time to be part of the Summit.”

The Austin Technology Council CEO Summit 2012 expects to draw 300 CEOs, CTOs and CFOs from all across Texas, building on the 100 CEOs from the Austin area gathered May 2011. The two-day summit, Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, will be held at the Hilton Austin. Admission is $399 through April 30 and late registration of $599 through May 11. Registration, open now but filling fast, will close at 5 p.m. May 11. Companies that purchase a membership to ATC will receive $100 off of registration.

Registration is currently open for qualifying Texas-based technology executives at http://www.austintechnologycouncil.org. Information including agenda, speakers, and sponsors will be announced on the ATC website as updates are available.

Press and bloggers are welcome to attend, and may contact Laura Beck at laurabeckcahoon(at)gmail(dot)com for information. Some 2012 sessions surrounding some content may be closed to press.

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 6,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 240 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: http://www.austintechnologycouncil.org or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

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