CRN, COMDEX Las Vegas 2003 and the Computer History Museum Partner to Honor Nine Technology Leaders at 7th Annual Industry Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

Inductees Have Transformed The Technology Industry

Nov 17, 2003

At an awards ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this evening, CMP Media's CRN will honor nine technology leaders and induct them into the seventh annual Industry Hall of Fame. Co-hosted by COMDEX Las Vegas 2003 and the Computer History Museum, the Industry Hall of Fame recognizes individuals that have transformed the technology industry with new ideas, revolutionary concepts, and ingenious technology.

"For more than 20 years we have been interpreting, analyzing, reporting and documenting industry affairs. Tonight we make history when we induct nine new members into the Industry Hall of Fame. All nine individuals have had a tremendous impact on technology, business and society. We honor them for their outstanding merit and accomplishments," stated Lisa MacKenzie, publisher, CRN.

"It's hard to imagine any business that has impacted the world as much as the high-tech industry," added Michael Vizard, editor in chief, CRN. "Through the ideas, drive and perseverance of the individuals we recognize tonight -- they have revolutionized an industry and changed the course of computing and the world forever."

The 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 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. Industry Hall of Fame alumni include legendary leaders of highly recognized companies such as William Hewlett, Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Charles Geschke; industry renowned engineers and developers such as Philip Zimmermann, Steve Wozniak, Bill Joy, Ray Ozzie and Drew Major; outspoken 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.

  The 2003 Industry Hall of Fame inductees, listed alphabetically are:

  Phil Corcoran and Chuck Wolande, Channel Visionaries and Co-founders of
    Founded and positioned their company as a solution provider and

  Michael Dell, Founder, Entrepreneur/Founder, Chairman and CEO, Dell
   Created an industry powerhouse and influenced how computer products are
    manufactured, distributed, priced and sold

  Dennis Hayes, Inventor of the PC Modem
   Invented a device that would serve as the fulcrum of online technologies
    for decades

  Jim Manzi, Software Pioneer and Former Lotus Chief
   Expanded Lotus beyond the spreadsheet business, blazed a trail with the
    first collaborative computing technology, and steered Lotus through a
    hostile takeover by IBM

  Robert Metcalfe, Father of Ethernet and Founder of 3Com
   Developed the Ethernet technology for networking computers, founded 3Com,
    and pushed the Ethernet as the new standard for local area networks

  Judy Odom, Licensing Innovator and Co-founder, Software Spectrum
   Co-founded one of the nation's first software resellers and built it into
    a global business

  Jeff Raikes, Application Evangelist and Microsoft Group Vice President
   Evangelized and created an empire around Microsoft Office and Microsoft
    Business Solutions

  Ralph Szygenda, CIO, General Motors
   Championed outsourcing and helped change the way large corporations
    implement technology solutions

The Industry Hall of Fame is generously supported by the following industry sponsors: CTX, HP, IBM Software, Lexmark, Samsung, and SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc.

To read more about the Industry Hall of Fame, visit A special report on the Industry Hall of Fame will be published in the December 15th issue.

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, a public benefit organization, preserves and presents for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of computing-related items -- from hardware (mainframes, PCs, handhelds, key integrated circuits), to software, to computer graphics systems, to Internet and networking -- and contains many one-of-a-kind and rare objects such as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the PalmPilot prototype, and the 1969 Neiman Marcus (Honeywell) "Kitchen Computer." The collection also includes photos, films, videos, documents, and culturally-defining advertising and marketing materials. Currently in its Alpha Phase, the Museum brings computing history to life through lectures, seminars, oral histories and workshops. The Museum also offers tours of Visible Storage, where nearly 600 objects from the Collection are on display. Future Phases will feature full museum exhibits including a timeline of computing history, theme galleries, and much more. For more information, please visit

How to Register for COMDEX

Online registration is available immediately at, or by calling toll free at 888-508-7510 or 508-743-0186 (outside the U.S.). Call center hours are Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Part of the MediaLive International, Inc. family of global brands, COMDEX hosts educational forums, events and conferences that focus on the technology areas most critical to today's IT buyer. COMDEX fosters ongoing collaboration, communication and commerce for the $879 billion IT market by connecting IT vendors with decision makers in Global 2000 companies. Upcoming regional events include COMDEX Sweden 2004, January 23-25, in Goteborg; COMDEX

Saudi Arabia 2004, March 14-17, in Jeddah and COMDEX Canada 2004, March 24-26, in Toronto.

About CRN

CRN provides Business and Technology Integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to run their businesses successfully. As an advocate for and voice of the Channel, business and technology integrators turn to CRN first for immediate information. With more than 20 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for 117,500 channel professionals. CRN can be found on the Web at

About CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC ( is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, and custom publishing.

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