Phoenix Arizona



(Phoenix, AZ – November 8, 2007) Every year, companies across Arizona reach out and sponsor the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) and it has become known as the “Academy Awards” for the technology and innovation industry. This is the first year the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation is to feature a Premier Sponsor. As an active supporter of the Arizona Technology Council, Trans-West Network Solutions has been a Mitel partner since 1981 with over 4,000 business customers in Arizona. With a long term relationship, the company was able to secure Mitel as the Premier Sponsor for this exclusive event.
 “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to place Mitel in the spotlight in their recent position,” said Debi McMahon, Sales Manager of Trans-West Network Solutions. Mitel, an international telecom company, recently acquired Inter-Tel and has moved its U.S. headquarters to Phoenix, Arizona.

“As the ‘new’ Mitel, a global leader in business communications solutions, we are proud to continue our membership in the Arizona Technology Council and to have the privilege of serving as the first Premier Sponsor of this prestigious event,” said Steven DeKorne, VP of marketing for Mitel U.S. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent not only our company but our industry in recognizing the achievements of our peers in innovation and technology.”

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation sold out before the closing date for ticket sales in 2005 and 2006, and has grown each year since its inception attracting attendees from the technology industry, academia, politics, media, research, future innovators, and the business community at large from across Arizona. Now in its fifth year, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation is Arizona’s largest and most influential annual event celebrating technological innovation in the state. GCOI is presented in the fourth quarter of the year by the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce.

The event will take place on December 6, 2007 on the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium from 5-9pm. Awards are given to members of the state’s technology community whose innovations are expected to have a lasting positive impact on Arizona’s economy and a positive impact on their end-users’ lives.

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The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster’s 17-year student awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association’s 10-year “Celebration of Innovation”. With the addition of the Governor’s support, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The inaugural Governor’s Celebration of Innovation took place in November 2003 and was a colossal success with over 1,200 in attendance. The event is hosted by both the Arizona Technology Council ( and the Department of Commerce ( Purchase an individual ticket or table before November 21st. For more information about the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, visit

Mitel Networks Corporation is a leading provider of communications solutions for a range of organizations – from very small, single-site offices to multi-site, large enterprises. Mitel offers customers a broad choice of solutions, from basic business communications to sophisticated unified communications, from pre-packaged to tailored applications, and from an outright capital purchase to a managed service. Mitel operates from over 100 locations in over 90 countries. Mitel services its customers through a network of over 1,500 value-added resellers and partners.
Following its merger with Inter-Tel, Inc. in August 2007, Mitel now offers an even greater choice and flexibility to customers. Mitel recognizes that the value of a communications solution is different for every business. Its portfolio of solutions is highly scalable, secure, easily managed and optimized to meet the evolving communications needs of customers. To find out more about the Premier Sponsor for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, visit Mitel online at

Trans-West Network Solutions is a leader in the telecom industry and is a locally owned Arizona Corporation, established in November of 1981. Trans-West provides VoIP, Unified Communications, Presence Management, Video Conferencing and traditional PBX solutions. With over 4,000 customers in the Arizona market, and over 8,000 customers nationwide, Trans-West provides voice, data, and cabling for all sized business needs. With products such as MITEL, and INTER-TEL, a Mitel Company, Trans-West Network Solutions takes a consultative approach to improving business communications. With our highly certified technicians and a commitment to exceeding customer’s expectations, Trans-West is Arizona’s #1 provider of Mitel equipment.