Alan Hall, founder and chairman of Grow Utah Ventures, will be presenting the Cyber Pioneer Award at Cyber Symposium 2009. The 2009 Cyber Pioneer Award honoree is expected to be announced later this week. The award will be presented to an individual who in the previous year has been a pioneer in Utah’s high tech industry. Presentation of the award will take place in the Garden Visitors Center at Thanksgiving Point on Friday, September 25, 2009 during Cyber Symposium 2009.
Alan Hall has been a lifetime leader in Utah’s high tech industry so it is intuitive to have him present the Cyber Pioneer Award. For example, under Alan Hall’s leadership, Grow Utah Ventures is supervising the state-wide rollout of SEED Utah, a private initiative to increase entrepreneurism. In fact, Mr. Hall, a prevalent Angel investor, has personally made at least sixty investments in early stage Utah technology companies.
Mr. Hall was the 2009 Mountain West Capital Network Entrepreneur of the Year and the 1997 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the State of Utah. Mr. Hall is also the founder, former CEO, and chairman of MarketStar Corporation. MarketStar is an outsourced global marketing and sales organization that represents thirty of the world’s largest high tech companies, helping them generate billions of dollars in revenues.
Mr. Hall continues to be highly involved in the high tech market. For example, last year, Alan Hall and Greg Warnock launched Mercato Partners, a multi-million dollar venture capital firm that will focus on investing in the marketing and sales growth of U.S. high tech companies.
Mr. Hall is also currently chairman of the Utah Technology Council; a member of Wells Fargo’s community advisory board; a founding board member of World Trade Center Utah; sits on the board of the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation; and a member of the board of trustees of Weber State University. He was also the Utah co-chair of Romney for President. He and his wife Jeanne are chairman and president of the Hall Foundation, which has the motto “No poor among us.”