1. John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of F5 Networks, Inc. (left) chats with State Representative Reuven Carlyle and TA Executive Director Susannah Malarkey during the pre-luncheon reception.
2. TA board members Rogers Weed (left), Director of the State Department of Commerce, and Rob Arnold, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at University of Washington Center for Commercialization, greet fellow reception attendees.
3. TA Chair-elect Cheryl Vedoe (center), CEO of Apex Learning Inc., and Matt O'Donnell, Dean of the College of Engineering at University of Washington, enjoy the pre-luncheon reception.
4. VIP sponsors and their guests mingle before the luncheon (left to right): Lilac Muller of Cardiac Science, and Jessica Urban, George Stone, and Malinda Elien of Stratos Product Development.
5. Dan Matte (center), F5's Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, catches up with fellow attendees at the pre-luncheon reception.
6. John McAdam (left) shares a joke with TA board member Doug Francisco, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Information Management at Boeing.
7. Roger Nyhus, President & CEO of Nyhus Communications, enjoys the company at the pre-luncheon reception.
8. Extrahop Networks Co-founder & CEO Jesse Rothstein (left) and Manny Rivelo, Executive Vice President of Security & Strategic Solutions at F5 Networks.
9. Raghuram Madabushi (left), Assistant director of Portfolio Development & Monetization at Intellectual Ventures, chats with WSU Foundation's Manager of Corporate Partnership & Clean Technologies, Joyce Robertson.
10. State Representative JT Wilcox (left) and Brian Smith, Tableau Software's Vice President of Technical Operations.
11. Former Immunex CEO and past TA Chair Ed Fritzky (left) catches up with Rob Arnold (center) and Robert Overell, President & CEO at PhaseRx.
12. Susannah Malarkey (left) and Lew McMurran, Vice President of Government & External Affairs for WTIA, see the funny side on their way to the ballroom.
13. Jeremy Jaech prepares for his last luncheon as chair of the TA.
14. King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks off the 2012 State of Technology Luncheon with welcome remarks.
15. Susannah Malarkey, event emcee, has what is probably the most enjoyable job on the agenda: announcing the table gifts.
16. The elusive Cougar Gold cheese from Washington State University - always a crowd favorite.
17. Congressman Adam Smith (right) catches up with Dow Constantine over lunch.
18. Ed Fritzky (right) chats with TA board member Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, at the head table.
19. Jeremy Jaech talks about the growth of technology-based jobs and the many contributions of our innovative industries to the statewide economy.
20. TA founder William H. Gates Sr. listens to the results of our latest work.
21. Cheryl Vedoe talks about the impact of the TA's Innovation Showcase program.
22. Sailesh Chutani (left), CEO of Mobisante, accepts the Innovation Showcase Company of the Year Award from Cheryl Vedoe.
23. Sailesh Chutani displays the world's first smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system, which is revolutionizing health care, during his acceptance speech.
24. John McAdam applauds Mobisante's win.
25. Ed Lazowska takes the stage to introduce John McAdam.
26. Ed Lazowska (left), who facilitated the keynote conversation, asks John McAdam to explain how F5 helps companies intelligently manage and optimize internet traffic and applications.
27. John McAdam notes that everybody in the room has likely used an F5 product, since many of the activities in which people engage online - from booking airline tickets and trading stocks, to sending messages and social networking - make use of F5 technology.
28. John McAdam responds to a question about the origin of the name F5, which legend has it was inspired by the film Twister.
29. Tableau Software Co-founder & CEO Christian Chabot enjoys the keynote conversation from the audience.
30. John McAdam talks about F5's Washington headcount, which exceeds 1,100 employees in Seattle and Spokane, and notes the company is hiring aggressively, particularly those with computer science and engineering backgrounds.
31. Ed Lazowska (left) and John McAdam onstage during the keynote conversation. McAdam commended our region's culture of collaboration, employee loyalty, and focus on customer satisfaction, but cautioned that to enjoy continued success, we need to invest more in education.
32. John McAdam talked about F5's commitment to the community. Acknowledging that the company is trying to build up its profile, he observed with a smile, "this helps a lot."