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Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, to Keynote Utah Technology Council’s 2014 Hall of Fame Gala

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, will headline the Utah Technology Council’s (UTC) (http://www.utahtech.org) 2014 Hall of Fame Celebration.

The annual black-tie event honors the Utah technology industry. The gala, held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, is Friday, November 7, 2014, beginning with a 6 p.m. networking reception, followed by dinner, keynote and program at 7 p.m.

The annual Hall of Fame event honors individuals with Utah ties who have made global contributions to the information technology, clean tech and life science industries through new technology, innovation and leadership. Keynote speakers from past years include Shantanu Narayen of Adobe; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com; John Chambers of Cisco; Eric Schmidt of Google; Jerry Yang of Yahoo!; Steve Ballmer of Microsoft; Mark Hurd of Oracle; Paul Otellini of Intel and Kevin Rollins of Dell.

“The Hall of Fame is not only the highest-regarded event in the state's technology industry, but has also become one of the biggest events in Utah business,” said Richard R. Nelson, president and CEO of UTC. “Mr. Benioff continues a long line of top global CEOs as Hall of Fame keynotes, and visits us at a time in our state when we are using technology to create world-renowned sales education programs like Utah Valley University’s new sales program.”

“I am pleased that Marc Benioff accepted my invitation to keynote the Annual Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame event,” stated Senator Orrin G. Hatch. “He is a true innovator and pioneer in information management, and the impact he has made in cloud computing cannot be overstated. We are bombarded daily with huge quantities of information through a variety of sources that can be daunting. The innovations and advancements Benioff has been a part of have made the information technology world an even greater tool for success.”

The Hall of Fame celebration is the year’s largest gathering of Utah technology executives. If you would like sponsorship information about the Hall of Fame or would like to become a UTC member, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] or call 801-568-3500.

About Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is now regarded as one of the pioneers of cloud computing, and has been instrumental in driving businesses to transform into companies by embracing social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with customers, partners, employees and even products in new ways. Under Benioff's direction, Salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, Salesforce.com has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Fastest-Growing Companies and the World’s Most-Admired Computer Software Company for two consecutive years and one of the Best Places to Work. In addition, the company was selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company for three years in a row.

Benioff has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and for pioneering innovation. Fortune Magazine has named him a Businessperson of the Year, one of the top 50 People in Business, as well as one of the Smartest People in Tech. In addition, he was awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement, named one of the Best CEOs in the World by Barron’s, one of the Best CEOs in America by Forbes, and he also received an Innovation Award from The Economist.

Throughout his career, Benioff has been committed to using information technology to produce positive social change. In 2000, he launched the Salesforce.com Foundation—now a multimillion-dollar global organization—which established the “1-1-1 model,” whereby the company contributes one percent of product, one percent of equity and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. Acknowledging his commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the members of the World Economic Forum named Benioff as one of its Young Global Leaders, and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy presented Benioff with the coveted Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award.

Prior to launching Salesforce.com, Benioff, a 30-year veteran of the software industry, spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation from 1986-1999. In 1984, he worked as an assembly language programmer in Apple Computer’s Macintosh Division. He founded entertainment software company Liberty Software in 1979 when he was 15 years old. Benioff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1986.

About the Utah Technology Council

The UTAH TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL is the state’s premier professional association for over 5,000 high tech, clean tech and life science companies. At its core, UTC exists to help Utah technology businesses become more relevant and competitive by creating VALUABLE CONNECTIONS with members and others who offer peer experience and advice, by addressing the serious TALENT SHORTAGE faced by member companies and by assisting members to gain ACCESS TO FUNDING. Members join UTC to share insights with industry peers, counsel with government and academic leaders and receive help from professional service providers and funding resources. www.utahtech.org.

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