CIO of the Year

This award recognizes the top Chief Information Officer in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation, and delivered value to the organization. Nominees must be leaders in their own IT organization and have made a difference for an organization based in or with a significant presence in Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be a CIO or senior IT professional in the organization. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

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David Houghton

Ingram Barge

WINNER

CIO - Vanessa Hickman

Vanessa Hickman

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

CIO - Jonathon Harbin

Jonathan Harbin

Frost-Arnett Company

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Community Leader of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who contributes to the technology community of Middle Tennessee through involvement, leadership and excellence in giving back, as identified through open nominations. Nominees will be judged on community involvement and impact. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges. Examples include: educating our next generation technology leaders; volunteering in the tech community, including K-12 or higher education programs; leading, supporting, or growing tech community groups or programs, such as user groups or mentoring programs; supporting efforts to expand or improve the available technology work force through training, mentorship, or otherwise supporting tech professionals; and/or supporting non-profit, government or education through donating needed technology, and/or time and talent.

Community Leader - Eric Stephens

Eric Stephens

Nashville General Hospital

Community Leader - Zach Gemignani

Zach Gemignani

Juice Analytics

WINNER

Community Leader - Jessica Nelson

Jessica Cohen

Eventbrite

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CTO of the Year

This award is presented to the top Chief Technology Officer in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have driven innovation and delivered value to their organization and its customers through their visionary leadership of a technology-based product or service development or delivery. Nominees must be leaders in their organization and have made a difference that positively impacts Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be the CTO or senior IT professional in the company. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

CTO - Doug Powers

Doug Powers

RealTracs

WINNER

CTO - Karl Sprules

Karl Sprules

Alliance Bernstein

CTO - Cody King

Cody King

InVivoLink

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Data Scientist of the Year

This award is presented to the top data scientist or business intelligence professional in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable business impact through the use of data science. They should also be viewed as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Involvement in user groups, participation in hackathons or competitions and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Data Scientist - Christi French

Christi French

Digital Reasoning

Data Scientist - Charlie Apigian

Charlie Apigian

MTSU

WINNER

Data Scientist - Edmund Jackson

Edmund Jackson

HCA Healthcare

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Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

This award is presented to the technology company or team in Middle Tennessee making an outstanding and successful effort to improve and promote diversity and inclusion within their organization, as identified through open nominations. The winning company must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to successfully implementing diverse hiring practices, promoting collaboration and diverse thinking to produce innovative products or business solutions, or providing tools and resources to advance creative and effective inclusion initiatives. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Middle Tennessee State University

WINNER

Asurion

Comcast

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Emerging Leader of the Year

This award recognizes the top Emerging Leader in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. The Emerging Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual who demonstrates excellence in delivering business results through others. Nominees should have demonstrated success in developing leadership skills and self-awareness to make a difference in the performance of their team. They should also be seen as leaders in their own IT organization and in the community. Leadership engagement in user groups and local technology events is a plus. Nominees will be judged on business results and employee development. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Emerging Leader - Aaron Montlary

Aaron Montlary

HCA

Emerging Leader - Shauna Sprague

Shauna Sprague

Dollar General

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Matthew Drewes

State of TN

WINNER

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Infrastructure Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to the top IT infrastructure professional in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated exceptional skill in designing, planning, building and/or operating a modern IT infrastructure. Nominee accomplishments should demonstrate an innovative/strategic impact on their organization, and nominees should be seen as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Daniel Mendek

HPA, A Cognizant Company

WINNER

Infrastructure - Brian Ethington

Brian Ethington

Data Blue

Infrastructure - Donald Pollard

Donald Pollard

3D Technologies

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Innovator Of The Year

This award recognizes the top individual Innovator in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. This award is presented to an individual who has created or implemented an innovative technology-based product, service or process that enhances customer experience, profitability, efficiency, or life experience. Nominees must be based in Middle Tennessee and the innovation must, at a minimum, positively impact a community in Tennessee. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Innovator - William Sadler

William Sadler

State of TN

Innovator - Caleb Sawyer

Caleb Sawyer

L3Harris

WINNER

Innovator - Kane Harrison

Kane Harrison

Vision Care Connect

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Security Leader of the Year

This award is presented to the top senior IT security professional in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership in their field, improved the security of their organizations’ data and technology resources, created a security-conscious culture, and delivered value to the organization. Nominees must be leaders in their organization and have made a difference that positively impacts Middle Tennessee. Commitment to the technology community is also an important aspect of this award. Nominees must currently be a Chief Information Security Officer or a senior IT security professional in the organization. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Security Leader - Mark Geeslin

Mark Geeslin

Asurion

WINNER

Curtis Clan

Curtis Clan

State of TN

Security Leader - Chad Lloyd

Chad Lloyd

Schneider Electric

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Software Developer of the Year

This award is presented the top software developer in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation and delivered value based on their technical aptitude to the organization. They should also be seen as technological leaders in their own organization and in the community. Involvement in user groups and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Nominees may be employed within an organization or be self-employed. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Software - Rebecca Cronin-Dixon

Rebecca Cronin-Dixon

Eventbrite

WINNER

Software - Teresa Vasquez

Teresa Vasquez

Kindful

SONY DSC

Stephen Bumpus

L3Harris

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Technology Company of the Year

This award recognizes a Technology Company making a significant impact in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. This award is a celebration of a technology organization in Middle Tennessee that creates or uses technology products or services to support the region’s economic health. The company must be innovative in its use or delivery of technology-based products and services. Nominees must be headquartered or have a significant presence in Middle Tennessee. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Eventbrite

WINNER

GreenLight Medical

Bridge Connector

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Technology Start-Up Company of the Year

This award recognizes the top tech Emerging Company in Middle Tennessee as identified through open nominations. This award is presented to an emerging growth company that has shown exceptional growth through technological innovation. The winning company must have used technology in a new and innovative way to obtain success and contribute to the region’s overall economic health. The winning company must be registered and headquartered within the state of Tennessee, formed no more than two years prior to nomination, and have annual revenues of no more than $1,000,000, not including investment annually. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Givful

WINNER

TeleMate

Rachel + Winfree Consulting

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Technology Student of the Year

This award is presented the top tech student in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. The Technology Student of the Year award is presented to a student who demonstrates academic excellence in a technology-related field of study. Nominees must represent next generation technology leaders who have the ability to make a difference in Middle Tennessee’s technology community. Nominees will be judged on academic excellence and community & campus service. Finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Student - Luis Lange

Luis Lange

MTSU

WINNER

Student - Maeve Mueller

Maeve Mueller

Lipscomb

Student - Domas Budrys

Domas Budrys

Austin Peay

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Technology Team of the Year

This award is presented to the top development, architecture, engineering or leadership team (comprised of 2 or more people) in the Middle Tennessee region as identified through open nominations. Team efforts can be for software development, hardware engineering, data center engineering, strategy or other technology related endeavors. Nominated teams must have demonstrated leadership, driven innovation and delivered value to the organization through a project or set of projects for their organization or community. The business value and success of the project/set of projects should be recognized for its/their ROI. As a team, involvement in user groups and furthering the development of the region’s technology community is a plus. Nominated teams should be employed within an organization. Nominations are open and finalists will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Healthcare Bluebook

WINNER

HCA

L3Harris

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