Meeks Wins Award From Tech Industry Council
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) awarded New York Congressman Gregory W. Meeks with the "2005 Legislator-of-the-Year" award for his strong leadership in Congress on a number of technology issues during his visit to Silicon Valley to promote his legislation to reform the Sarbanes Oxley law, section 404.
"Congressman Meeks has been a steadfast leader when it comes to ensuring that the U.S. high-tech industry has the necessary tools to compete in the global marketplace," said ITI President Rhett Dawson. "From promoting free trade to ensuring that U.S. Companies have the ability to attract and hire the best and brightest employees, year after year, Congressman Meeks has shown a commitment to promoting high-tech growth and knocking down barriers to innovation."
"I am honored to receive this distinguished award by ITI and its Member companies," said U.S. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks. "ITI and its Member companies from Silicon Valley, CA to Silicon Alley in New York represent the new economy. And the new economy represents the future opportunities for growth and employment opportunities in our service-sector based economy for Americans."
"Congressman Meeks has been a champion of technology issues and an unwavering leader in support of free trade - which are core issues for Time Warner's global success," said Richard Parsons, Chairman of the Board and CEO of New York-based Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media and entertainment company, and a major employer in Congressman Meeks district.
"Congressman Meeks has been a leader, of great vision, on international trade and market access for many years. He is courageous and steadfast in his views, f the value of opening global markets to the US. IBM, a globally integrated enterprise, headquartered in NY, salutes his leadership", said Chris Caine, VP of IBM Governmental Programs.
"All of us at Sony Pictures Entertainment applaud this award from the Information Technology Industry Council recognizing Congressman Meeks for his considerable contributions as a Member of Congress. In his role on the International Relations Committee, Congressman Meeks has provided a vital voice stressing with our trading partners the need for open trade relations, coupled with strong protections for all forms of intellectual property. This is a policymaker who has reached out to so many to ensure he has a full view of the issues we all face today. We are pleased to see him receive this much-deserved recognition," commented Frances Seghers, SPE's executive vice president for worldwide government affairs.
A spokesperson for Rochester, New York-based Kodak said: "We at Kodak congratulate Congressman Meeks for winning the Information Technology Industry's Legislator of the Year award for 2005. Mr. Meeks is a leader on technology issues in Congress and clearly appreciates the importance of high tech for the State of New York and for the future of this country."