|Charles Trimble (KVHI BOD member) wins AEA achievement award. Note the VERY exclusive list of names he joins. Our little company has good taste in BOD members!|
Coveted AEA Medal of Achievement to be Awarded to Trimble Navigation Founder
Presentation at AEA's Annual Dinner on October 3
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug 31, 2000 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The American Electronics Association (AEA) today announced that Charles R. Trimble, founder of Trimble Navigation Limited, will receive its 2000 Medal of Achievement. Trimble joins a select group of high-tech leaders who have received the honor, including William Hewlett and David Packard of Hewlett Packard, Ross Perot of Electronic Data Systems, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. of IBM and Gordon Moore and Andrew Grove of Intel.
Trimble will be the forty-seventh recipient of the coveted award which will be presented at AEA's annual dinner to be held on October 3 at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California.
Since 1996, Trimble has served as Chairman of the United States GPS (Global Positioning System) Industry Council (USGIC), which is composed of major U.S. manufacturers of GPS receiver equipment.
Trimble was a pioneer in developing and establishing GPS as a global information technology. His efforts have made Trimble Navigation Limited synonymous with technological leadership.
Trimble established Trimble Navigation in November, 1978, and served as its President and CEO until August, 1998. He strategically guided the company to its dominant role in the GPS information technology market. Under his leadership, Trimble grew from a start-up housed in a reconstructed theater to the first publicly held company engaged solely in providing GPS solutions.
Mark Stevenson, 2000 AEA Chairman and Executive Director of E-M-Solutions, said, "Charles Trimble epitomizes the creative, engaged and successful high tech executive of the new century. In addition to founding Trimble Navigation, he served as its CEO for twenty years. He has been an active participant in industry affairs, both nationally and locally. It is AEA's great privilege to honor Charles Trimble and his contributions to the high-tech industry."
Recipients of AEA's Medal of Achievement are selected for overall accomplishment rather than for specific inventions or contributions. Service to the community, the industry and mankind in general are considered.
"AEA's Medal of Achievement honors dynamic, concerned leadership, at the company level, and in the industry, the community, and the nation," said William T. Archey, AEA President and CEO. "Charlie Trimble exemplifies this. AEA and the technology industry salute him."
Before founding Trimble, Trimble was Manager of Integrated Circuit Research and Development at Hewlett-Packard. While there he was recognized for developing commercial advances in efficient signal processing, high-speed analog-to-digital converters, and digital time measurement techniques to the picosecond level.
Trimble received his B.S. degree in engineering physics, with honors in 1963 and his M.S. in electrical engineering in 1964, both from the California Institute of Technology. He holds four patents in signal processing and several in GPS.
In 1991, Trimble was named INC magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year." In 1994, he was honored with the "Piper General Aviation Award" from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts (AIAA) for pioneering the manufacture and application of affordable GPS. In 1996, he received Financial World's "bronze" recognition for CEO of the Year in the area of electrical instruments. He is on the Board of Directors of KVH Industries, Inc., and Precision Farm Enterprise.
With more than 3,000 U.S.-based members companies, the American Electronics Association is the largest technology trade group. Companies span the product spectrum, from software and semiconductors to mainframe computers and telecommunications systems. With 17 regional councils, AEA provides a unique grassroots capability that provides a strong industry voice at the national and local levels. For more than 57 years, AEA has been the accepted voice of the U.S. high-tech industry.
AEA's Annual Dinner is held to recognize the strength and diversity of AEA and the high tech industry both in Silicon Valley and in the rapidly growing technology communities throughout the United States. For more information on the dinner, visit AEA's website, www.aeanet.org or call 800/284-4232.
The American Electronics Association is the nation's largest high-tech trade group, representing more than 3,000 U.S.-based technology companies. Membership spans the industry product and service spectrum, from semiconductors and software to computers, Internet and telecommunications systems and services. With 17 regional U.S. councils and offices in Brussels, Tokyo and Beijing, AEA offers a unique global policy grassroots capability and a wide portfolio of valuable business services and products for the high-tech industry. For 57 years, AEA has been the accepted voice of the U.S. technology community.
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