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PADT, Inc. Wins 2011 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Pioneering Award

Posted By: Jen Ayres
Date:Mon, 21 Nov 2011, 9:04 p.m.

For Immediate Release PADT Contact Eric Miller 480.813.4884 PADT, Inc. Wins 2011 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Pioneering Award TEMPE, AZ – November 21, 2011 – The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, presented Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT, Inc.) with the 2011 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Pioneering Award. This award is given to an Arizona based company that “has gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to Arizona’s technology industry through sustained business presence, corporate citizenship, community involvement, and business success.” This year’s GCOI event, held on November 17th, 2011 at the Phoenix Convention Center, was oriented around the theme of “Arizona Rising” and focused on how the local technology business community is growing and prospering even in hard economic times. PADT was recognized for their contribution to this growth. Around 1000 local people from the Arizona technology community attended to cheer on the winners The four owners of PADT; Rey Chu, Mark Johnson, Eric Miller, and Ward Rand, accepted the award on behalf of their employees during the ceremony. In the acceptance speech, Eric Miller took time to acknowledge the winner of the Large Business Innovator of the Year award, Honeywell Aerospace. All four of PADT’s owners started their careers at Honeywell and Honeywell is one of PADT’s largest customers. Mr. Miller offered special thanks to the Honeywell managers and engineers in attendance and acknowledged the honor of following them in the awards: “It has been a great ride all these years with you and our other customers.” Mr. Miller pointed out that “Innovation is important to PADT because that is how we make our money, we help people innovate.” He then went on to point out that the process of applying for the GCOI Pioneering Award showed that when you reduce PADT’s significant breadth and depth of product and services offerings down to its impact on the technology community they found that “what we do, is we make innovation work. We are very proud of that.” The speech also highlighted the important contributions of the four owners’ wives, in particular and pointed out that “spouses are the true unsung heroes of innovation.” He also emphasized the pride and joy that the owners of PADT feel about their employees: “they are smart, they are funny, they are enthusiastic and they truly walk the talk when it comes to doing right by our customers.” More detailed information about the 2011 GCOI ceremony and the other winners of awards can be found at: 2011 has been a year of recognition for PADT, beginning with the President’s Award granted in June from the Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education for support of educational robotic competitions. In October, the company was awarded an AZBio Fast Lane Award presented by the Arizona Bioindustry Association for their work in helping companies with the development of new medical devices ( The company also received the Entrepreneurial Leadership award on November 8, 2011 from the Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business Spirit of Enterprise Center: PADT has focused on providing world class mechanical engineering services as well as sales and support of leading mechanical engineering software and hardware tools from ANSYS, Inc. and Stratasys, Inc. The company makes innovation work for over one thousand customers around the world from its main offices at the ASU Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, their Littleton, Colorado office, and through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at

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