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40 under 40 winners shine in Valley communities

by Randi Weinstein, Karen Michalski
American City Business Journals Inc.

Teri Spencer

Age: 39
Business: Ephibian Inc.
Title: President and CEO
Residence: Tucson

Career highlights:

* Co-founded Ephibian, a software-development company that specializes in providing customized software applications using Web technologies.

* Lead system engineer for the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1996.

* Led the team that developed the U.S. Army's first fully integrated enterprise management solution, which was used to manage heterogeneous networks and computer systems across 60 different U.S. Army installations worldwide.

* Received both the Secretary of the U.S. Army's Award for Outstanding Achievement and the prestigious Outstanding Performance Award from the Secretary of Defense.

Community service:

* Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

* board of directors.

*'s Internet and e-commerce special interest group.

* AZ Business Leadership.

* Miltope Corp. board of directors.

* Phoenix Group International.


"One of my greatest accomplishments was starting Ephibian. My greatest reward comes from sharing in the lives of our employees and watching them thrive.

"Another great accomplishment in my life came from the work that I did for the U.S. Army. The systems that we built were critical to the soldiers in the field during Desert Storm. To know that I made a difference is very gratifying to me."

Vision for leadership:

"As a business leader in Arizona, I hope to contribute in many ways to the Valley's continued growth and success. First and foremost, Ephibian will continue to maintain and grow its company headquarters in Arizona. As with all profitable companies, this growth will positively impact the Arizona economic environment. Additionally, through my involvement with the Arizona Software & Internet Association, I will help support the business issues that we face in our community."