December 10, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
|5:00 pm||Networking Reception|
|6:15 pm||Dinner Seating|
|7:00 pm||Awards Ceremony|
GSA’s annual Awards Dinner Celebration is the industry's premier event celebrating the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments as well as overall respect within the industry.
GSA recognizes semiconductor companies that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision, strategy and future opportunities in the industry at the Awards Dinner Celebration. It is an honor to be selected as a nominee and an even more distinguished achievement to win a GSA Award!
2015 Awards created by Bennett Awards.
For additional information regarding specific GSA Awards, please see links below.
The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes individuals, such as its namesake, Dr. Morris Chang, for their exceptional contributions to development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry.
This year, we are pleased to announce MediaTek’s chairman and CEO, Ming-Kai Tsai, as the 2015 winner.
Ming-Kai Tsai | Chairman & CEO | MediaTek
GSA’s Private Awards Committee, comprised of venture capitalists and select serial entrepreneurs in the industry, selects up to two winners for the Start-Up to Watch award by identifying the semiconductor company (or companies) that demonstrates the potential to positively change its market or the semiconductor industry in general through the innovative use of semiconductor technology or a new application for semiconductor technology.
The industry’s Most Respected Private Semiconductor Company award is designed to identify the private company garnering the most respect from the industry in terms of its products, vision and future opportunity. GSA’s Private Awards Committee reviews all private semiconductor companies, conducts analysis of each company’s performance and likelihood of long-term success, and provides a list of respectable private companies to be voted on by GSA membership. GSA members, including semiconductor and partners, are encouraged to cast an online ballot for the semiconductor companies they most respect.
Achieving Up to $500 Million in Annual Sales
Achieving Greater than $500 Million in Annual Sales
The Best Financially Managed Semiconductor Company Award is derived based on a broad evaluation of the financial health and performance of public fabless and IDM semiconductor companies. Numerous financial metrics as well as their respective rates of change or year-over-year improvement are analyzed. These financial metrics transverse various categories including but not limited to growth rates, margins, cash flow, profitability ratios, efficiency ratios and return on capital. All companies are ranked on each metric as well as its rate of change, and then the overall performance is compared to the peer universe to determine the winner.
Achieving $100 Million to $500 Million in Annual Sales
Achieving $500 Million to $1 Billion in Annual Sales
Achieving $1 Billion to $2 Billion in Annual Sales
Achieving Greater Than $2 Billion in Annual Sales
The industry’s Most Respected Public Semiconductor Company awards are designed to identify the public companies garnering the most respect from the industry in terms of its products, vision and future opportunities within their respective sales categories. In addition, profitability and market capitalization, among other financial and product successes, are considered to be listed on the ballot. GSA members, including semiconductor and partners, are encouraged to cast an online ballot for the semiconductor companies they most respect.
Nominees (chosen by analyst Quinn Bolton of Needham & Company, LLC)
Semiconductor financial analysts from top-tier firms select their favorite semiconductor company for this award. The analysts base their decision on historical, as well as projected data, such as stock price, earnings per share, revenue forecasts and product performance.
Outstanding Asia-Pacific Semiconductor Company Award
Outstanding EMEA Semiconductor Company Award
As a global alliance, GSA introduced an award specifically for the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. The awards recognize a semiconductor company headquartered in each respective region that clearly demonstrates the most strength when measuring products, vision, leadership and success in the marketplace. GSA’s APAC and EMEA Leadership Councils determine the nominees and the winners of their respective regions.
The GSA Awards Dinner
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Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
Author of Best-Sellers Team of Teams and My Share of the Task
Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group
To hear McChrystal, 60, talk about leadership is like hearing Steve Jobs talk about innovation or Henry Ford talk about productivity. The former general is a warrior and visionary who turned a bulky bureaucracy into a fast-moving force that helped wipe out Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is credited with turning the tide of that war as well as the one in Afghanistan. – Wired Magazine
A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.
A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight.
Thirty-Four Years of Service. The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and trained at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was later commissioned as an infantry officer and spent much of his career commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian Gulf War, McChrystal served in a Joint Special Operations Task Force and commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.
In 2002, he was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. Two years later, McChrystal was selected to deliver the nationally-televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003–2008, he commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military counter-terrorism efforts around the globe, assuming command of all international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009. President Obama’s order for an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal’s assessment of the war.
Supporting Military Families and National Service. McChrystal retired from the military in 2010. He now serves on the board of directors for JetBlue Airways, Navistar, and the Yellow Ribbon Fund. He is also the chairman of the board for Siemens Government Technologies. McChrystal is the chair of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which all young Americans are asked, “Where did you serve?” and can answer with pride. He is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a popular course on leadership.
General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Its mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to organizations which help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments. To do this, the group teaches McChrystal’s leadership methodology CrossLead, whose principles and operational structure are based on his military successes. CrossLead also addresses key leadership principles such as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams, and sharing a clear vision.
Four-Star Strategy Lessons. A dynamic, powerful speaker, McChrystal impresses audiences with field-tested leadership lessons, stressing a uniquely inclusive model that focuses on building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results. When old systems fall short, he believes true leaders must look for ways to innovate and change. Citing stories from his career, McChrystal reveals a four-star management strategy, concentrating on openness, teamwork, and forward-thinking.
To help make your experience as convenient as possible, GSA has arranged a special room rate at the
Santa Clara Hyatt Regency for attendees of the 2015 GSA Awards Dinner Celebration.
Please contact Meagan Manian at any time if you have questions about travel arrangements.
GSA's preferred hotel for the 2015 Awards Dinner Celebration is the Hyatt Regency, which is conveniently connected to the Santa Clara Convention Center.
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
You can reserve a room online or call (888) 421-1442. Please specify “GSA Awards Dinner Celebration 2015” when requesting a reservation in the room block.