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2019 Tech Titans award winners

Tech Titans celebrates North Texas' best and brightest at annual awards gala
 14 companies, organizations and individuals honored for significant contributions to their industries
DALLAS – Aug. 23, 2019Tech Titans, the largest technology trade organization in Texas, recognized outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries at its annual awards gala at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West on Friday, Aug. 23. 
“For 19 years, we have seen amazing innovation from nominees,” said Bill Sproull, president and CEO, Tech Titans. “We are honored to highlight such impressive companies, individuals and organizations that lay the foundation for future growth and progress. The Gala both showcases new talent and demonstrates our partnership with the top technology firms in North Texas.”

Supporters of the Tech Titans Awards Gala include Ericsson, Nokia, Fujitsu Network Communications, Huawei, VLSIP Technologies, Masergy, Deloitte, ZRG Partners, State Farm, Thomson Reuters, CyrusOne, Axxess, Seven Tablets and the Dallas Business Journal. Moss Adams and Comerica Bank are sponsors for Fast Tech. Other sponsors include AT&T, Texas A&M-Commerce, Cigniti Technologies, Qorvo, Texas Instruments, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Alkami, Mitel, RealPage, Jones Day, NTT DATA Services, University of North Texas and The University of Texas at Dallas.
2019 Tech Titans Awards Winners
Corporate Company CEO – James Klein, Qorvo
This award recognizes CEO leadership within the technology industry with revenues of more than $200 million.
James Klein joined Qorvo in 2011 and serves as president of its Infrastructure and Defense Products (IDP) business. Its portfolio of products and foundry services support applications include radar, next-generation base stations and optical communications. IDP’s rapid growth has added more than 1,200 jobs to the Dallas area. Under his direction, Qorvo established technology and product leadership in gallium nitride, expanding its defense uses in radar and electronic warfare to new commercial markets, including 5G base stations and cable networking.
Emerging Company CEO – Calvin Carter, Bottle Rocket
This award recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology industry with revenues between $2 million and $200 million.
Calvin Carter, Bottle Rocket, launched Bottle Rocket 11 years ago; the day after Apple opened their app store to third parties. Today, Bottle Rocket is the industry-leading Connected Lifestyle company, connecting future-focused brands and their customers through sophisticated yet simple experiences.
Corporate CTO – Mark Haney, Alkami Technology
This award recognizes a CTO with exceptional technical leadership that fostered the development of new technology resulting in significant value for the company.
Mark’s understanding of the competitive landscape and comprehensive strategy led Alkami to embrace microservices and an automated release engineering pipeline, allowing them to maintain one code base that is delivered to every client on their multi-tenant platform. The biggest impact has been new clients gained because of this platform.
Corporate CIO Award – Pamela Arora, Children’s Health
This award recognizes the Chief Information Officer for exceptional technical leadership that fosters the deployment of IT resulting in significant value for the company.
Pamela Arora, Children’s Health, led the implementation of an enterprise-wide electronic medical record system that helped make life better for children by extending reach into the community, gaining efficiencies in care delivery processes, preventing unnecessary transports and testing and delivering more informed care to patients.
Corporate Innovation – PepsiCo
This award recognizes a technology company for outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology industry with revenues greater than $200M.
PepsiCo has made significant investments in digital technologies to achieve next-generation digital capabilities and enhance business performance through five key digital platforms and services.
Emerging Company InnovationGIACT
This award recognizes a technology company for outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology industry with revenues between $2 million and $200 million.
GIACT is at the forefront of helping companies eliminate payments risk and identity fraud.
Technology Inventor – Corey Clark, Ph.D., BALANCED Media | Technology
This award recognizes the pioneering accomplishments of a person, team or group responsible for the creation of breakthrough ideas, processes or products which have advanced the discipline(s) of the arts, education, electronics, energy, engineering, environment, medicine and/or science.
Corey infuses human intelligence into machine learning. Their HEWMEN platform combines the processing power of gaming computers with the intuition of gamers themselves to analyze medical imagery and processed data to help make cancer treatments more effective. (seen in photo)
Technology Advocate – Tom Edwards, BlackFin360
This award recognizes a DFW Metroplex individual or company whose core business is not a technology product for outstanding leadership in championing, assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of the technology industry in North Texas.
Tom has a passion for sharing technology strategy. He’s reached thousands with his thought leadership through speaking, TEDx talks, consulting and writing 500-plus technology-centric blog posts for His insights and strategic approaches have reached thousands of marketing and technology professionals in North Texas and worldwide.
Investment Catalyst – Perot Jain
This award recognizes an organization for completing a significant technology-related investment transaction that will impact and deliver significant long-term economic prosperity for the DFW Metroplex.
Perot Jain is a Dallas-based venture capital firm and active participant in building the Dallas entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem. Their investments are in B2B companies in the mobility, healthcare and business services sectors. They are a resource for early-stage founders to access capital and support in the region, where eight of their 40 portfolio companies are based.
Technology AdopterRebel Athletic
This award recognizes a company whose core business is not technology products/services for outstanding adoption and application of innovative technologies to successfully change and impact its business results.
Rebel Athletic partnered with SevenTablets to create FitFreedom, an augmented-reality fitting app for its customized cheerleading uniforms that takes accurate measurements of the human body. FitFreedom replaced traditional try-on “fit kits.” Accuracy is now 99 percent, eliminating several hundred thousand dollars of returns and re-orders.
Tech Titan of the Future, University Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Dallas
This award recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions' tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.
The Innovate(her) program educates middle school girls about technology, finance and the entrepreneurial mindset. Students develop relationships with mentors and participate in a one-day, hands-on conference. The experience builds confidence and increases interest in tech careers and entrepreneurship.
Tech Titan of the Future, High School – Leigh Ann Mitchell, Lewisville High School
This award recognizes a high school math or science teacher for the development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest in math and/or science.
Leigh Ann is a math teacher at the Killough campus. She incorporates the Desmos graphing calculator app and 3D printers in her classes to make math visual and accessible. Students experience STEM-focused learning through designing, modeling, analyzing, evaluating, and refining products they choose to create.
Community Hero – Bob Sawler, The Realtime Group
This award recognizes an individual within the technology industry for their outstanding achievements in community involvement.
Bob Sawler, The Realtime Group, VP business development, and his family founded “Food for the Soul,” a nonprofit fighting childhood hunger school by school in the Metroplex. One of its initiatives, the Backpack Program, feeds 1,500 kids every weekend and has provided more than 2.5 million free meals to-date in seven school districts.
Fast Tech – Fastest Growing Company – Leo Cyber Security
This award recognizes the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This ranking is compiled from nominations submitted directly to Tech Titans and independent research using public information conducted by Crowe and Comerica Bank.
Fast Tech award winners for 2019 are determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2016 to 2018. This year’s Fast Tech list is comprised of 20 North Texas technology companies, with Leo Cyber Security winning the coveted prize of fastest-growing company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 2,986 percent (yes 2,986%). For a full list of 2019 Fast Tech companies, visit  
About Tech Titans
Tech Titans is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. Tech Titans includes a diverse group of technology leaders from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies who collaborate to help innovation thrive in the region. As part of its goals, Tech Titans is active in:

  • Cultivating a technology community of companies, entrepreneurs, investors and students

  • Growing future tech leaders with its talent and workforce development initiative

  • Advocating technology's advancement in governmental arenas

  • Connecting people and inspiring innovative ideas through its programs and special interest forums

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