CMP Media's CRN Honors the 2005 CRN Hall of Fame Inductees

Complete Integrated Coverage Includes Print, Online and Video

Dec 12, 2005

Today, CMP Media's CRN published the 9th annual CRN Industry Hall of Fame feature in both the newsweekly magazine and on the companion web site, Last month, at an awards ceremony in Santa Clara, CA, CRN inducted five technology leaders who have transformed the industry with their visionary ideas, revolutionary concepts and ingenious technology products. The report includes video coverage from the awards ceremony, available online.

  The 2005 Industry Hall of Fame inductees, listed alphabetically include:

   --  Dr. James (Jim) Goodnight
       CEO of SAS, oversees an unbroken chain of revenue growth and

   --  Ray Kurzweil
       Inventor of omni-font optical character recognition solution; print
       to-speech reading machine; CCD flat-bed scanner; text-to-speech
       synthesizer; music synthesizer; and large-vocabulary speech
       recognition solution

   --  Mike Lazaridis
       President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion, inventor of more than
       thirty patents for innovations in wireless radio technology and
       software including the Blackberry

   --  Frank Mogavero
       Founder and Chairman of Data Systems, formulates high-level ideas and
       "possibilities for change"

   --  Atsutoshi Nishida
       Toshiba's president and CEO, introduced Toshiba's first notebook
       computer and created a multi-billion-dollar industry

The CRN Industry Hall of Fame inductees are hand-selected by the CRN editorial staff. CRN identifies pioneers and innovators for outstanding merit and accomplishment through a stringent criteria analysis and single out those who have been pivotal figures in evolving the most dynamic industry in the business.

Established in 1997, the CRN Industry Hall of Fame is the most anticipated invitation-only event in the high-tech industry for honoring innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are the pivotal figures in evolving the most dynamic industry in the world. CRN Industry Hall of Fame alumni include legendary leaders of highly recognized companies such as William Hewlett, Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Geschke and Michael Dell; industry renowned engineers and developers such as Philip Zimmermann, Steve Wozniak, Bill Joy, Ray Ozzie and Drew Major; well-known visionaries such as Steve Ballmer, Larry Ellison, Chip Lacy and Philippe Kahn; and other industry catalysts, such as Douglas Engelbart, Mort Rosenthal, Tim Berners-Lee, Don Estridge, Vint Cerf and Bill Millard.

To read more about the CRN Industry Hall of Fame, visit

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