Awards finalists announced for 2018

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July 05, 2018
Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas, has announced its 2018 finalists for the Tech Titans Awards.

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. The Tech Titans Awards recognize the elite in North Texas technology – individuals currently transforming the high-tech industry and giving companies competitive edges as well as companies leading the way in innovation and technical applications. The Tech Titans Awards showcase the innovators, adopters and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.

Click here to see a full list of category descriptions.

This year's Tech Titans Awards Gala will be held on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Drive in Plano. The reception kicks the event off at 5:30, with the awards portion of the program beginning at 7 p.m.

Finalists for this year's awards are listed below. The winners in each category will be announced at the Awards Gala.

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Corporate Innovation Award 
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology and communications industry.

AT&T - Fujitsu Network Communications
Tyler Technologies

Emerging Company Innovation Award
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes or services within the technology and communications industry.
Bottle Rocket

Pieces Technologies

Emerging Company CEO Award
Recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.
Ruben Amarasingham - Pieces Technologies

Christopher Godfrey - Bloodbuy
Vanessa Ogle - Enseo
Toni Portmann - DHISCO

Corporate CIO 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 in Dallas

Leah Miller - Medical City Healthcare
Sherif Mityas - TGI Fridays
Barry Shurkey - NTT DATA Services

Corporate CTO Award
Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation and maintenance of a creative environment, and market awareness skills.
Matt Clark - Valify

Javier Garcia-Gomez - Ericsson
Anthony Goonetilleke - Amdocs
Kim Keating - AT&T

Technology Adopter 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.
Anderson Merchandisers

Callbox Storage, LLC
Property Damage Appraisers, Inc.
TGI Fridays

Technology Inventor Award
The Technology Inventors 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.
Ali Abolmaali - The University of Texas at Arlington

Patrick Antaki, 
Ronnie Dunn, Russ Lemburg - Evergaze Technology LLC
Robert Atkins - BALANCED Media | Technology
Rahul Saini - Zyvex Labs

Investment Catalyst Award
Recognizes a significant investment transaction occurring since January 2011 that impacts and delivers significant long-term economic prosperity and sustainable economic results for the Metroplex and improves the technology innovation investment climate of the region.
The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - UT Dallas

LaunchPad City
REVTECH, Retail Technology Ventures
Perot Jain

Technology Advocate Award
Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.
Jennifer Bartkowski - Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Will Long - Children's Health in Dallas

Russell Medina - NPower
David Sym-Smith - Mobility Ventures

Community Hero Award
Recognizes an individual employed by the DFW Metroplex technology company for outstanding achievements in community service to the DFW Metroplex.
Tresia Eaves - CGI
Bob Sawler - The Realtime Group
Chris Skaggs - TSP
Bill Warren – Reflect

Tech Titans of the Future - High School Math/Science Teacher 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.
Jerry Grizzle - Plano West Senior High School

Morris Goldade - Wylie Independent School District
Douglas Lee - Dallas International School
Kristin Shapiro - Plano ISD

Tech Titans of the Future - University Level 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.
Texas A&M University – Commerce, Data Analytics Faceoff

The University of Texas at Arlington - EpICMavs
The University of Texas at Dallas - Connect-Inspire-Guide Women in Technology Program
The University of North Texas - Bug Wars

The winners will be announced at the Gala at the Renaissance Legacy Plano West on Friday, August 24 at 5:30 pm. Community Hero and Investment Catalyst will be announced at a special reception Aug. 9.

For more information about the Tech Titans Awards Gala, click
Mallory Crumb, Events Manager
(972) 792-2870