Technology Companies in Utah will Continue to Grow, Predicts Dell CEO
Kevin B. Rollins, Dell President and CEO, Inducted to Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) Hall of Fame
- Kevin B. Rollins, President and CEO of Dell, speaks to sell-out audience at UITA’s “Hall of Fame”
Sixth Annual Awards Dinner event -
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Oct. 21, 2004 – The greatest secrets to success for a technology company are energy, curiosity and raw fundamental talent, according to Dell President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin B. Rollins. Rollins is the 2004 recipient of the annual Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) “Hall of Fame” Award. Rollins shared his ideas and insights with a sell-out audience of 600 technology business and community leaders at the sixth annual Hall of Fame event at the downtown Marriott in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.
“The Annual Hall of Fame celebration honors technology leaders whose innovations have made significant advancements to the IT industry,” said Richard R. Nelson, president and chief executive officer of UITA. “In every respect, from his role at the helm of one of the world’s largest and most successful technology companies to projects such as the Marriott School’s Rollins Center for eBusiness, Kevin Rollins exemplifies the innovative thinking and achievements that have emerged from Utah’s high-tech environment and are truly changing our world.”
During a Q & A session lead by UITA chairman Greg Butterfield, Rollins shared insights on the ways he has worked to establish the “Soul of Dell.” Strategies include a “Tell Dell” program that measures employee opinions and attitudes to drive positive change within the company. More than 92 percent of employees have participated in the program, Rollins says.
Rollins also notes that Dell values curiosity, motivation and raw talent more highly than traditional educational background. This creates an environment that is especially welcome to young, upcoming executives. Rollins notes that Michael Dell, Dell’s chairman, started the company when he was only 19.
Rollins also cites the concept of “winning with integrity,” as one of the primary strategies for Dell’s current success. As to whether successful technology companies will ultimately have to leave Utah to continue their growth, Rollins believes that Utah has all of the primary elements to support continued industry growth.
The “Hall of Fame” event is the premier recognition evening for the Utah IT industry. UITA honors individuals with Utah ties who have made key contributions to the IT industry through technology, innovation and/or business.
“Now in its sixth year, the UITA Hall of Fame has become one of the most significant technology events in the West,” said Butterfield. “Not only has this become a sell-out event for technology participants, we were pleased to welcome Senator Orrin Hatch, candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., and many of our government and community leaders at this year’s Hall of Fame celebration as well.”
Kevin Rollins joins prior “Hall of Fame” honorees Shane Robison of Hewlett-Packard; Alan Kay, of Viewpoints Research Institute; David Bailey of Iomega; Nolan Bushnell, the “Father of Video Games;” Jim Clark, founder of SGI and Netscape; Stephen Aldous, Spencer Kirk and David Spafford of Megahertz Corporation; Edwin Catmull of Pixar Animation Studios; Thomas Stockham, Jr., the “Father of Digital Recording; John Warnock of Adobe; Bruce Bastian of WordPerfect; David Evans and Ivan Sutherland of Evans & Sutherland; Ray Noorda of Novell; Alan Ashton, WordPerfect; and Philo Farnsworth, the “Father of Television.”
Before becoming president and CEO of Dell in July 2004, Kevin Rollins served as vice chairman of Dell, and prior to that, was president of Dell Americas, managing all company operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. During his tenure at Dell, the company has seen its most dramatic growth, with revenues increasing from $5 billion in 1996 to $45.4 billion for the past four quarters.
Born in Fillmore, Utah, Kevin Rollins has strong Utah ties, having earned his master's degree in business administration and bachelor's degrees from Brigham Young University. He remains an active supporter of the school. Rollins serves on the university's President's Leadership Council and the Marriott School National Advisory Council, where he founded and continues to sponsor the Rollins Center for eBusiness.
As Utah’s premier professional organization for technology companies, the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) exists to form closer relationships with industry and community leaders, develop superior management talent, sharpen professional skills and help gain access to capital. For more information on UITA and its Hall of Fame, please visit http://www.uita.org.
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