AeA Southeast Council Announces 2008 Spirit of Endeavor Awards Judges

August 12, 2008

Call for Nominations Open through August 15, 2008

ALPHARETTA, GA – August 12, 2008 – Several leading members from the high-tech community in the Southeast have been named as judges for AeA’s 2008 “Spirit of Endeavor” Awards, which annually recognize outstanding individuals and companies in the region’s technology industry. Sponsored by AeA’s Southeast Council, the awards will be presented during a gala on September 18 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

The 2008 judges for the awards include: Jonathan Bragdon, President and COO, Tricycle Inc. (Chattanooga, TN); Jim Frierson, Executive Director, Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (Chattanooga, TN); Dick Cook, Senior Advisor, Focus Enterprises (Atlanta, GA); Norm Geddes, President & CEO, Applied Systems Intelligence (Atlanta, GA); Price Harding, Chairman, United Technology Group (Buford, GA); Allan Maurer, Editor, TechJournal South (Research Triangle Park, NC); Dan McDade, President of PointClear (Norcross, GA); and Robert Shults, Director of Strategic Sector Programs, Intel, Southeast Region.

“We have an outstanding group of industry leaders to judge this year’s nominations,” said Jeff Katz, President & COO, Definition 6 and Chairman, AeA Southeast Council, “We have about a week before the nominations close, so we are urging everyone to submit their nominations before the deadline.”

The awards categories are: Outstanding Leadership Award (individual); the Technology Entrepreneur Award (individual); Emerging Business Award (organization); Technology Innovation Award (individual); and Leadership in Technology Education (organization).  Up to five finalists will be chosen for each category by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the southeast technology community.

McKenna Long & Aldridge leads a list of principal supporters of the awards including reception sponsor United Healthcare, EMS Technologies, Focus Enterprises Inc., Habif, Arogetti and Wynne LLP and Georgia Power are platinum sponsors with Eventstreams, Fleishman-Hillard and Sevista serving as partner sponsors.

AeA’s Southeast Council serves technology companies based in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more information on the awards program, tickets, sponsorships and/or to make nominations, please visit:

About AeA
AeA, the nation’s largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, is dedicated solely to helping our members’ top line and bottom line. We do this in partnership with our small, medium, and large member companies by lobbying governments at the state, federal, and international levels, providing access to capital and business opportunities, and offering select business services and networking programs. For more information, please visit