Todd Bankofier, the voice of the state’s high-tech industries for the past 2 1 /2 years as president of the Arizona Technology Council, is resigning to become vice president and general manager of a Tempe-based information technology company.
Bankofier will step down from his full-time council position effective Aug. 26 and will become head of the Arizona operations of Ensynch Inc. in September.
Bankofier, 45, said he is joining the 6-year-old Tempe company because the new job "involves what I love to do — sell technology products and services."
Ensynch, whose headquarters are at 125 S. 52nd St., has been growing at a pace of more than 120 percent a year for the past four years and plans to expand to California, the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest, said president Gene Holmquist. Bringing in Bankofier to oversee the company’s Arizona activities will give the company founders more time to set up out-ofstate branches, Holmquist said.
He said the company, which employs 225 people, is looking at 10 locations in the West for possible expansion.
Ensynch offers data center and IT consulting services, primarily to midsize businesses.
The market has potential for continuing growth, Bankofier said, because "to stay competitive you need to keep your technology up to date."
Bankofier joined the Tempe -based technolog y council in December 2002 shortly after it changed its name from the Arizona Software and Internet Association.
During Bankofier’s tenure the council nearly tripled its membership to 475 companies and lobbied for key legislation, including state tax credits for "angel" investments in new high-tech businesses.