Arizona Technology Council President and CEO Steve Zylstra and Council Members Advocate for the Technology Sector in Washington D.C.

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Council joined Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and CompTIA in annual Fly-in; reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act among top priorities

Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council joined TECNA and CompTIA to advocate for the technology sector priorities on Capitol Hill during the organization’s annual Fly-in to Washington, D.C. February 9-10, 2016. TECNA represents 52 technology associations in the US and Canada. CompTIA, a non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the global information technology (IT) industry and TECNA, sponsor the annual event to provide a voice to technology companies on Capitol Hill. This is the eighth year that the Arizona Technology Council has participated in a Fly-In led by Zylstra.

Zylstra was accompanied by Council members Chris Alejandro, head of IT at Arizona College, Sheila Kloefkorn, president and CEO of Arizona Technology Council Platinum Sponsor KEO Marketing and Russ Yelton, chief executive officer of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies.

One of the top priorities of the Fly-in was to discuss the need to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) in the Senate and the similar Email Privacy Act (EPA) in the House with Congressional representatives. The position of the Council,TECNA, and CompTIA is that ECPA/EPA must be reformed to require government agencies and law enforcement to obtain a warrant to compel service providers to disclose the contents of emails, text messages and other private communications stored by a service provider.

Other 2016 discussion priorities of the delegation included the need for the federal government to: pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act (which successfully passed the Senate on February 11), advance tax and regulatory policies that spur innovation; lead in secure internet-based platform technologies; support new and emerging technology platforms through thoughtful policies; support skills for the 21st century workforce, address availability and delivery of broadband communications; and expand markets and advocate for sensible rules of global trade.

Zylstra and members of his delegation met with: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and her Legislative Assistant Christian Walker, Chief of Staff Carmen Gallus and Legislative Director Ken Montoya; Sen. John McCain’s Counsel Stephanie Hall; Rep. Paul Gosar and his Legislative Assistant, Will Gardner; Rep. David Schweikert’s Senior Legislative Assistant, Katherina Dimenstein; Rep. Trent Franks’ Deputy Chief of Staff Bobby Cornett; Rep. Matt Salmon and his Deputy Chief of Staff Lorissa Bounds; Rep. Raul Grijalva’s Legislative Director Kelsey Mishkin, and Fellow Luis De Paz; Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and her Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Brownlee; Rep. Ruben Gallego, his Senior Legislative Director Matt Lee and Chief of Staff David Montes and Sen. Jeff Flake, and his Legislate Assistant Nick Morrison.

“CompTIA, TECNA and the Arizona Technology Council uniquely situated at the intersection of innovation, education and economic growth,” said Zylstra. “Together, we support issues that expand lifelong education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills, fiscal discipline and targeted funding for investments in innovation that are all essential for our ability to compete globally.”

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit

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