Pivotal Leaders Opens Nominations for the 2011 List of the Top Prospective Clean Technology Business Leaders in the Northwest

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The Pivotal Leaders network kicks-off its second year identifying and promoting the Northwest’s most promising business leaders in clean technology. Nominations are now open for the 2011 Pivotal Leaders, expanding the list of the top prospective C-level leaders who will drive growth in the Northwest’s vital clean technology economy.

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The Pivotal Leaders don’t just talk about green or sustainable business, they lead the next generation of clean tech companies and shape public policy.

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Pivotal Investments, along with presenting sponsors Perkins Coie, Ernst & Young, the University of Oregon and the Portland Development Commission, today announced the opening of nominations for the 2011 Pivotal Leaders, a community-nominated and peer-selected network of top prospective clean technology business leaders in the Northwest. The Pivotal Leaders network, which launched one year ago, was formed to identify and grow a business network of entrepreneurial talent in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. By promoting the top prospective CEO and CTO talent in the region, Pivotal Leaders seeks to expand investment and resources for innovation in clean technology, a vital and growing economic sector in the Northwest. Nominations are being accepted now for the 2011 Pivotal Leaders at http://www.pivotal-leaders.com.

The 2011 Pivotal Leaders will be selected using a two-step process to expand the list of leaders, beginning with open community nominations, which will close March 22. The nominees will then engage in a peer selection process to decide the final 2011 list of Pivotal Leaders, which will be announced in May. Members of the 2010 Pivotal Leaders will continue to be network members.

“Being recognized as a Pivotal Leader has been an honor for me and has helped raise the profile of our company,” said Aaron Goldfeder, CEO of EnergySavvy and 2010 Pivotal Leader. “We secured a significant round of funding in December, and while we can attribute that to a lot of great things we’ve been doing, being a Pivotal Leader has certainly contributed through both the publicity and the industry connections we’ve made as a result of being in the network.”

The Pivotal Leaders network is the brainchild of venture capital firm Pivotal Investments. The concept is rooted in the idea that the key to the region’s economic future is the development of strong entrepreneurial leadership – people who have the business acumen to attract capital investment, expand human resources and lead successful clean technology companies in the Northwest.

“We’ve been very pleased at the level of participation and impact we experienced during last year’s inaugural year of the Pivotal Leaders network,” said Gregg Semler, managing director at Pivotal Investments. “Our 2010 leaders have been exemplary, bringing fresh ideas and leadership skills they’ve honed from experience in large corporations, small businesses, government and the non-profit sector. Their vision and enthusiasm has been inspiring, and we’re looking forward to another year of collaboration, engagement and expansion of opportunities among our Pivotal Leaders and network of sponsors,” Semler added.

This year the Pivotal Leaders network will continue to build and extend connections among the Pivotal Leaders and the Northwest business community through events, media opportunities and expanded online social networking. The 2011 Pivotal Leaders will have opportunities to partner and collaborate with their peers and draw on the wider network of clean technology-oriented businesses, professional services and organizations that are actively engaged in supporting the network.

“Our efforts around clean technology have brought success to the region, but we continue to need to create a platform that can identify and attract talented entrepreneurs,” said Tom Osdoba, the head of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at the University of Oregon. “By actively seeking and nurturing a network of entrepreneurs, we can enhance their ability to succeed.”

“The Pivotal Leaders don’t just talk about green or sustainable business, they lead the next generation of clean tech companies and shape public policy,” said Patrick Quinton, executive director at the Portland Development Commission. “We’re looking forward to another year of participation in the Pivotal Leaders network and expect to see a very strong round of nominations for 2011.”

“There is no shortage of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit around clean technology in our region, but start-ups need strong CEO and CTO leadership to help them attract both investment and human capital,” said Brent Bullock, partner at Perkins Coie. “By shining a spotlight on the Northwest’s top prospective business leaders, Pivotal Leaders is showing that we also have a wealth of strong leadership here – the people who will drive successful clean technology companies into the future. We’re proud to be a part of that process again this year.”

Nominations are being accepted now. Click here to nominate clean-technology leaders for this year’s list.

About Pivotal Leaders

Pivotal Leaders is a business network created by Pivotal Investments, with presenting sponsors Perkins Coie, Ernst & Young, the University of Oregon and the Portland Development Commission and contributing sponsors AterWynne, Davis Wright Tremaine, Heidrick & Struggles, Nike, Skanska, Stoel Rives, UK Trade & Investment and Weyerhaeuser. Pivotal Leaders was founded to identify and recognize the top prospective business leaders in the Northwest and to support them in furthering the region’s leadership potential in the clean technology sector. Find out more about this exciting network at http://www.pivotal-leaders.com and please follow us on Twitter (@PivotalLeaders), Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Pivotal Investments

Pivotal Investments is a Portland, OR venture capital firm investing in companies, primarily in the Northwest, that are delivering solutions in the rapidly growing markets for clean energy, clean water, green materials, sustainable agriculture and clean air. Pivotal’s investment team of investors and experienced entrepreneurs is committed to delivering superior financial returns by building great companies that will be leaders in the sustainable economy. For more information, please see http://www.pivotal-investments.com.


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