AARP Arizona is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Woods of Sun City West to serve on its Executive Council. The AARP Arizona Executive Council is a volunteer leadership committee that sets the strategic direction for the national nonprofit organization in the state.
Woods has been a volunteer with AARP since 2009 in the area of advocacy and has served as a lead volunteer on utilities issues.
Retired, he is a former Information Technology specialist with a storied career in the computer industry. He once operated his own computer software company and also designed a banking network for the Banque Nationale de Paris, the largest commercial bank in Paris, France. He holds the distinction of being internationally known as one of the early promoters of “Distributed Computing”, better known today as the Internet.
After finishing his career at Deere and Company, where he held various IT management positions, he retired to the Valley in 1998. He has taught computer technology at Paradise Valley Community College and also at ICON, a technical training provider. He continues to operate a web development business and provides pro bono development for many community support organizations including Interfaith Cooperative Ministries and Make a Difference.
Woods is actively involved in a number of community organizations. He is a member of the Executive Committee for WESTMARK and a member of the Leadership West Class XV. He sits on the board of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Arizona Town Hall, the Arizona Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, the Luke West Valley Council and the Fighter Country Partnership. He is also a former board member for the Volunteer Center for Maricopa County and a former president of Sun City West PORA.
“What a great pleasure to be named to the Executive Council for AARP Arizona,” said Woods. “In the time that I have been a part of AARP in Arizona I have seen their commitment to the members in our state and their use of the extensive resources of AARP to develop innovative solutions for the changing interests and needs of our growing 50+ population.”
“We’re excited that Larry has agreed to serve on our Executive Council,” said David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director. “He will be a terrific asset to our work on the council with his extensive business background and experience on issues affecting Arizona communities.”
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