Several East Valley and Scottsdale organizations and individuals won awards Tuesday night at the third annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards dinner at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.
Bob Parsons, president and founder of Scottsdalebased Go Daddy Software received the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award, and the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University won the Innovator of the Year Award — Academia for its work on plant-derived medications for AIDS vaccine and microbicide development.
The top honor, the Pioneering Innovation Award, went to Tucson’s AGM Container Controls as "an outstanding company that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to Arizona’s technology industry."
Other winners were:
• The William F. McWhortor Community S ervice Leader of the Year Award - Theodore C. Kraver, eLearning System for Arizona Teachers president.
• Innovator of the Year Award - Large Company - Honeywell International FOG project;
• Innovator of the Year Award - Small Company - Intrinsic Bioprobes, Tempe
• Innovator of the Year Award - Startup - DMetrix, Tucson
Paul Johnson, former Phoenix mayor and chairman of the Arizona Technology Council from 2002 to 2005 won the Chairman’s Award as "an individual who has consistently demonstrated a ‘beyond the call of duty’ dedication."
Joyce Baldwin, an educator from the Sacaton Public Schools in the Gila River Indian Community, was awarded Teacher of the Year.
Four outstanding students were recognized as Future Innovators for research that they conducted in high school. They were: Kevan Christensen, senior at Corona del Sol High School, Tempe; Lesley Ash, graduate, Tucson Magnet High School; Elizabeth Baker, graduate, University High School, Tucson; and Melissa Lamberton, graduate, Pueblo High School, Tucson.