On Tuesday, April 14, members of the NVTC staff, including President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, attended the tenth annual Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® Digital Patriots Dinner at the National Building Museum. The NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative was a sponsor of the dinner and brought several veterans involved with the Initiative to the event. The dinner honored Internet pioneer and Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case and U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for their instrumental roles in supporting and advancing technology innovation.
|From left: NVTC CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Revolution CEO Steve Case and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who were honored at the event, and Case Foundation CEO Jean Case.|
Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, was honored as a Digital Patriot for his many contributions to the industry by supporting pro-innovation public policy and entrepreneurship across America. Case was also honored with the Michael G. Devine Hall of Fame Award at the 2012 NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards ceremony and spoke at a 2011 NVTC Titans Breakfast.
|NVTC CEO Bobbie Kilberg; Derek Carson, a veteran; Gov. Terry McAullife; NVTC Manager of Veteran and Strategic Initiatives Rick Ferry; and Andrew Overstreet, also a veteran.|
Chairman Goodlatte was recognized as a Digital Patriot for his long-standing leadership in Congress on intellectual property, patent reform and technology issues. Goodlatte has actively interacted with NVTC for input and feedback on alternative legislative proposals for Internet sales tax collection.
All proceeds from the Digital Patriots Dinner were donated to both the CEA Foundation and Girls Who Code. The former was established to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives and the latter is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.