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MHTA 2010 Annual Member Update

  1. 1. MHTA promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota’s technology-based economy through advocacy, collaboration and education.
  2. 2. MHTA Vision: To make Minnesota a world leader for technology-based industry ADVOCATE Develop favorable public policy environment • Policy Positions/Initiatives • Legislative Involvement • Media Voice MHTA promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota’s technology-based economy through EDUCATE advocacy, collaboration COLLABORATE Build executive and education. Galvanize communities knowledge base, of interest, partnerships community awareness and technology transfer and future workforce • Minnesota Tekne Awards • CIO Panels & CIO Forums • Spring Conference • CEO Briefings • TechAmerica Membership • ACE Leadership Program • CEO Roundtables • STEM Workforce Initiatives • Golf & Member Networking Events Minnesota High Tech Association Want to stay up-to-date with events, issues, news and learn more about MHTA? 2470 Highcrest Road, Suite 100 Subscribe online to the E-nnouncement, MHTA’s weekly electronic newsletter, Roseville, MN 55113 or contact Jerome Harrison at or 952-230-4557. Phone: 952-230-4555 Interested in learning more about MHTA and sponsorship opportunities? Fax: 952-230-4550 Contact Jennifer Manogue at or 952-230-4552. Email: Visit us at Connect with MHTA and getSTEM Social Media
  3. 3. Dear Friends, We all know Minnesota – along with the rest of the world – has faced tough economic times this past year. MHTA, like many of our state’s technology businesses, is creating opportunities from these challenging times. In 2010 we are thrilled to be working with you all, as together we forge a New Way Forward. This past year was a breakout year for the association, as it turned out. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, we launched, a first in the nation web portal that utilizes web 2.0 technology to connect educators with business leaders. Hundreds of connections between K12 STEM educators, who “Just Ask,” and technology leaders who “Just Offer,” have already been facilitated through getSTEM – impacting thousands of students. We encourage you to visit the site, create an account, and help Minnesota students by offering your time, resources and materials. We sharpened our focus to create a thriving technology ecosystem by engaging policy leaders at the highest levels of government. In these pages you’ll read about the landmark reforms proposed by the Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission, the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force and the Science & Technology Economic Development Project Committee – all of which had strong MHTA representation and involvement, and promise to have an even stronger impact on shaping our technology economy. As we enter the second decade of the 21st Century it is time to examine the assumptions and approaches that are fundamental to the success of our technology industries. We look forward to continuing our work with you all to do just that. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to MHTA. Working together we can strengthen and grow with the knowledge that the future is bright for Minnesota innovation and job creation. Sincerely, Kate Rubin Joy Lindsay President, MHTA President, StarTec Investments Chair, MHTA Board of Directors
  4. 4. MHTA develops and advocates for policies that promote the long-term growth and global competitiveness of Minnesota’s technology-based economy. MHTA believes that strong, consistent, focused leadership from the private sector, working in collaboration with educational and government partners, is the critical link in driving our state’s economic development and recognition as a global technology leader. MHTA advocates for policies that recognize the changing face of Minnesota’s workforce and the global realities of commerce in the 21st century. The future workforce will be more diverse, and will need to be more educated and more technologically skilled. State and federal policies and practices must support global commerce. Creating a business advocate ecosystem that fosters growth in the state’s technology industries Public Policy Highlights: doesn’t happen by chance. It requires • MHTA is the trusted voice for technology industries at the State Capitol. MHTA drove efforts groups like MHTA who to coordinate science and technology legislative efforts resulting in the Legislature’s creation are at the table ensuring of the Science & Technology Economic Development Project Committee. The committee, that the concerns of which includes four MHTA board members, recommended creation of a major science and technology businesses technology initiative in the state. are heard at the highest levels of government. • MHTA is leading efforts to create a tax code that rewards innovation. Efforts to create an Pat Ryan Vice President of R&D angel tax credit, expand the R&D tax credit, create an upfront sales tax exemption on the Seagate purchase of capital equipment and other tax reforms are building momentum at the State Capitol. • MHTA will continue to educate members on critical public policies by utilizing both traditional and new media, as well as targeted events. This past year MHTA held informative and widely I want to extend our attended events focused on the economic stimulus act, broadband, tax commission, R&D tax sincere thanks for credit and Science & Technology Economic Development Project Committee. inviting us to the event today, and for introducing us to • Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, spoke before a packed Aneesh Chopra. house at an event MHTA organized with The Indus Entrepreneurs-Minnesota (TiE). The following MHTA clearly has our day Mr. Chopra participated in a Health IT Summit coordinated by MHTA, the State of Minnesota best interests in mind Office of Enterprise Technology and hosted by UnitedHealth Group. and I’m delighted that we decided to join. • MHTA engaged policymakers at the highest level of government by taking leadership roles Mike Connly on the Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission, the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Chief Technology Officer Broadband Task Force and the Science & Technology Economic Development Project Committee. UnitedHealth Group All groups had strong MHTA representation and involvement, and promise to have an even stronger impact on shaping our technology economy. View the recommendations from these reports at • Kate Rubin, MHTA president, is a member of the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership Board that evaluates grant applications for training programs and makes grant awards to businesses and educational institutions that partner on these programs. In addition, the board provides training and services to laid-off workers who meet specific eligibility requirements. 4 2010 ANNUAL MEMBER UPDATE
  5. 5. Media Relations & Communications MHTA is the voice for technology industries in Minnesota. Highlights include: • An ongoing partnership with MinnesotaBusiness magazine that resulted in columns on topics ranging from international trade and technology convergence to virtual offices and security. • The recent launch of monthly columns in Finance & Commerce on key MHTA priority items. • A strong social media presence, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook & YouTube. • A record number of subscribers to MHTA’s weekly e-newsletter, the E-nnouncement. Member companies can include press releases as well as upcoming events by sending them to STEM* Education (*Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) • getSTEM: The getSTEM web portal, launched in early 2009, enables educators and businesses to connect and collaborate, and to match STEM needs with STEM resources. The first in the nation portal, found at, is an outstanding public/private partnership made possible by MHTA, the MN Department of Education, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Microsoft, Inetium and Ecolab. Hundreds of connections between K12 STEM educators` who “Just Ask,” and technology leaders who “Just Offer,” have already been facilitated through getSTEM – impacting thousands of students. Visit the site, create an account, and help Minnesota students by offering your time, resources and materials. • TIMSS: MHTA was instrumental in securing public and private funds to ensure that Minnesota participated as a “mini nation” in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS), which compared Minnesota students with students in 60 other nations. MHTA is taking a leading role in disseminating the lessons learned to educators, policymakers, and the public. • North Star STEM Alliance: MHTA is partnering with the Science Museum and 16 public and private colleges and universities to double the number of minority student STEM graduates in the state by 2012. Hundreds of students have learned about global technology trends and networked with technology leaders at MHTA events. • iSTEM: MHTA successfully launched iSTEM in 2009 which includes job boards for internships and traditional jobs. Over one hundred jobs and internships were posted online in the first few months of the initiative. LEFT: Rep. Tim Mahoney and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark discuss policy issues with Kate Rubin, President of MHTA and Doug Carnival, MHTA board member. MIDDLE: Aneesh Chopra, President Obama’s CTO, with Kate Rubin. RIGHT: A packed house filled the ADC Auditorium to learn the details of the federal economic stimulus act. MHTA 5
  6. 6. This was my first Spring Conference and I was very impressed with the quality and topics of the featured speakers and round- table presentations. I’m looking forward to next year’s conference. Great job! Keith Kraft Principle Consultant Kraft & Associates 3M CEO George Buckley addressed attendees of MHTA’s Spring Conference. “Collaboration” – it’s more than just a buzzword. It’s where the intersection of common goals spark the first flames of innovation. MHTA events and initiatives help technology leaders collaborate and connect in ways that help break down silos and spread knowledge across sectors. collaborate Thanks so much for your tireless efforts to Tekne Awards pull off such a wonderful Spring The most outstanding technology innovators in Minnesota received top honors at the 2009 Tekne Conference yesterday. Awards, where more than 1,000 technology leaders paid tribute to recipients in 14 categories. All of the Academy of The evening featured the induction of the second class of inductees to the Minnesota Science and Math and Science Technology Hall of Fame, a partnership between MHTA and the Science Museum of Minnesota. students had a very interesting and Tekne nominations and applications can be found at informative day. Thank you also for Spring Conference your efforts to arrange for the engineering 2010 - A New Way Forward will be the focus of the MHTA Spring Conference on April 22, 2010. panel next week and Join the growing number of more than 1,100 business and technology executives who gather each helping us with many year at what has become the state’s premier technology event. other networking opportunities. We Annual Golf Outing look forward to working with you even This event will be held July 20th at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake. The course, designed by more in the future to support young students Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, is nestled in a breathtaking natural setting of Ponderosa pines, who are exploring hardwoods, wetlands and wildlife habitats – a perfect setting for a day of networking and fun out STEM careers. on the course. Chuck Waletzko Executive Director Normandale Community College Foundation 6 2010 ANNUAL MEMBER UPDATE
  7. 7. Collaborative Activities All MHTA events incorporate opportunities for collaboration and networking. MHTA also partners with a number of organizations to present programs that result in high value learning and networking opportunities, at significant discounts for members. • CEO Roundtables: CEO roundtables provide opportunities for CEOs to explore topics of mutual interest with others in the technology community in small confidential settings and to build a network of peer advisors. These roundtables are provided free to CEOs of MHTA member companies. • CIO Forums: CIO Forums are quarterly, educational programs for technology professionals - CIOs, Vice Presidents or Directors of Technology - that provide excellent networking as well as candid discussions around the technology issues, trends and challenges that executives face as technology leaders. • Member Only Networking Events: Held quarterly, these exclusive member only events are great opportunities to connect with friends and network with technology leaders. National Partnerships MHTA has a longstanding affiliation with TechAmerica, the largest and strongest voice for technology industries in the nation. Representing nearly 1,500 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, TechAmerica is dedicated to helping its members’ top and bottom lines. It is also the technology industry’s only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices and partnerships in state capitals across the country, Washington DC, Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing) and around the world. MHTA is also active in TECNA, which serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of technology industries in North America. TECNA represents nearly 40 technology trade organizations who, in turn, represent more than 16,000 technology-related companies in North America. LEFT: A group from Leffert Jay & Polglaze enjoy the links at MHTA’s Annual Golf Outing at The Wilds Country Club. MIDDLE: Joy Lindsay, Chair of the MHTA Board of Directors, presents the Tekne Award in the Technology Services category to Robert Maeser, CTO of XATA. RIGHT: Mike Martiny, Vice President of Information Systems with General Mills, discusses strategy and trends at MHTA’s CIO Panel. MHTA 7
  8. 8. The ACE Leadership Program has been one of the best professional growth opportunities I’ve experienced. It has clearly exceeded my expectations and then some. Jake Krings Project Manager XATA Corporation MHTA helped organize the 2009 Quiz Bowl at the Minnesota State Fair with the Minnesota Department of Education. MHTA serves as a catalyst for the public and private sectors to create initiatives that enable Minnesota and its technology-based economy to flourish. Increasing the knowledge base of Minnesota’s business, government and education leaders creates opportunities that lead to growth and prosperity. educate I would like to thank MHTA for inviting Wallin Scholars to attend the Economic Stimulus Package event on June 25th. I am of the newest wave of Wallin Scholars, and to be presented an opportunity so grand so early was unbelievable. Besides learning valuable information about the Economic Stimulus Package and how businesses can utilize it to help their business, employment rates, and the environment, I learned so much about the formal business world that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you again for giving me such a grand opportunity. Brigitte Brown Wallin Scholar 2009 8 2010 ANNUAL MEMBER UPDATE
  9. 9. CEO Briefings Minnesota’s most well-known and respected business and policy leaders discuss trends, challenges and opportunities at MHTA CEO Briefings. Past speakers include George Buckley, CEO, 3M; Lee Schram, CEO, Deluxe; Joel Ronning, CEO, Digital River; Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer and Tom Stinson, State Economist; and panels of members of the Governor’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission as well as the Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force. ACE Leadership Program The purpose of the ACE Leadership Program is to develop and connect our region’s next generation technology company leaders and to assist them in preparing for the important roles they will play in making and keeping our region globally competitive. Throughout the year, next generation leaders learn from senior technology leaders, develop leadership skills and collaborate with partners on real-world projects. Participants have learned from senior leaders at Ecolab, HB Fuller, IBM, Lawson Software, MTS Systems, Starkey Labs, Tennant, XATA Corporation and more. CIO Panels MHTA CIO Panels are educational forums open to all members that address key technology issues, trends, and challenges CIOs face. Recent panelists include CIOs from Alliant Techsystems, Deluxe, General Mills, HealthEast Care System, Lawson Software, the University of Minnesota and more. Scholarships The mission of the Minnesota High Tech Foundation is to promote and support excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education. The Foundation works hand in hand with the Minnesota High Tech Association, where education is a key anchor in delivering a competitive, innovative technology workforce to drive global competitiveness. MHTF distributes eleven scholarships annually. Six $2000 awards are made at Tekne each year to two recipients from the University of Minnesota, two from Minnesota private colleges, and two from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Five scholarships named for individual companies, reaching up to $10,000 over several years, are also awarded at Spring Conference and other events. The 2009 Tekne Awards also featured a memorial scholarship in honor of Arthur R. Kydd, a founder and long time member of the MHTA board of directors. Through his venture capital activities, Art helped found more than 60 companies. LEFT: Scholarship award recipients at the 2009 Tekne Awards. RIGHT: Kate Rubin, MHTA president, delivered a keynote address as part of the Carlson School’s First Tuesday Series. MHTA 9
  10. 10. Raymond King from the Toronto Stock Exchange is interviewed by Wendy Meadley from The Social Wendy Group at the 2009 Tekne Awards. Videos were posted online and served as an excellent way to boost visibility of Tekne Award recipients through the use of social media. Mark Your Calendars! Key Dates to Remember in 2010: April 22 Spring Conference July 20 Annual Golf Outing November 3 Tekne Awards Key Tekne Dates to Remember: April 1 Nominations Open June 30 Nominations Close September 9 Finalists Announced November 3 Tekne Awards Inductees to the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame were honored at the 2009 Tekne Awards. 10 2010 ANNUAL MEMBER UPDATE
  11. 11. By the Numbers 70 Number of minority higher education students that participated in MHTA events in 2009 150 Number of business and school connections made through getSTEM 8,000 Estimated number of students impacted by getSTEM in its first year of operation $75,206 Average wage of a Minnesota high tech industry employee, 68% more than the average private sector wage 29 Years MHTA has been representing Minnesota’s technology industries 3,730 Combined number of attendees at MHTA’s Annual Golf Outing, CEO Briefings, CIO Panels, Member Only Networking Events, CIO Forums, Spring Conference, and Tekne Awards 11 Scholarships given to students in STEM fields in 2009 3,600 Number of Minnesota students in 99 schools who participated in the Trends in International Math and Science Assessment in 2007 (see MHTA’s involvement under “STEM Education”) 50 Editions each year of the E-nnouncement, MHTA’s electronic newsletter that is distributed weekly to approximately 3,000 subscribers 129,000 Number of high tech jobs in Minnesota 300+ Number of MHTA Member companies! Minnesota Science & Technology Hall of Fame MHTA and the Science Museum of Minnesota have teamed up to found the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame. Learn more at The 2009 class of inductees includes: • Peter Agre, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for chemistry • William Austin, founder, Starkey Laboratories • Paul Boyer, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for chemistry • Richard Gurley Drew, 3M scientist and inventor of Scotch Tape • Philip Hench, Mayo Clinic professor and researcher, winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine • Edward Kendall, Mayo Clinic professor and researcher, winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine • C. Walton Lillehei, developer of the first prosthetic heart valve, co-developer of the first pacemaker • Earl Wood, Mayo Clinic physiologist, developer of the G-suit used by aviators in World War II and the oximeter, a device to optically measure blood oxygen levels MHTA 11
  12. 12. 2010 MHTA Board Of Directors GREGORY WIDIN JEFF HAAN LISA SCHLOSSER Business Development Manager Partner Vice President & CTO 3M Company KPMG Thomson Reuters MARK KLEIN JOHN P. SAMUELSON SCOTT VOGEL Vice President of Consulting Director of Engineering Vice President & General Manager Accelare Corporation Operations and Governance Unisys Corporation Lockheed Martin DENNIS ROULAND MIKE CONNLY Director of Information Technology DOUG CARNIVAL CTO ADC Partner UnitedHealth Group McGrann Shea Carnival Staughn & Lamb, Chartered BONNIE K. HOLUB ANNE FINCH Founder & CEO JACQUELYN CROWHURST Senior Vice President Adventium Labs Director of Customer Evangelism USBank Microsoft BETH NORDIN ANGELIA BREKKE Vice President of Information Technology KATE RUBIN Senior Vice President CHS Inc. President ValueWise Corporation Minnesota High Tech Association DEE THIBODEAU TOM KIEFFER CEO RICH BAKER Chairman & CEO Charter Solutions Vice President of Engineering Virteva MTS Systems Corporation DAVID MINKKINEN KEN STABLER Partner MATT KUCHARSKI Manager of Economic Development Deloitte Senior Vice President Xcel Energy Padilla Speer Beardsley JAMES GAGLIARDI TODD HAUSCHILDT Group Vice President RALPH WEINBERGER Digital River Partner Pricewaterhouse Coopers ROB TABB Vice President & CIO JESSE PARKER Ecolab Vice President & General Manager QLogic RICK KRUEGER Senior Government Affairs Manager SANDRA LEE Global Traffic Technologies Vice President BARRY SNYDER RJ Ahmann 2010 Officers Vice President & CTO PAT RYAN H.B. Fuller Company Vice President of R&D Chair of the Board • JOY LINDSAY Seagate StarTec Investments JAY HEATH Director of Engineering MAC LEWIS Vice Chair • TOM KIEFFER Honeywell Managing Partner Virteva Sherpa Partners SAMUEL PRABHAKAR Immediate Past Chair • ROB TABB Business Development Executive TIM TRINE Ecolab IBM Vice President & CTO Starkey Laboratories Secretary • DOUG CARNIVAL SUBODH KULKARNI McGrann Shea Carnival Staughn & Lamb, CTO & Sr. Vice President JOY LINDSAY Chartered Imation President & Co-founder StarTec Investments Treasurer • RALPH WEINBERGER © 2010 MINNESOTA HIGH TECH ASSOCIATION WENDELL MADDOX Pricewaterhouse Coopers CEO & President ION Corporation THE 2010 ANNUAL MEMBER UPDATE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR SPONSORS: PRINTING COURTESY OF UNISYS DESIGN COURTESY OF BOXING CATS CREATIVE