Tech Titans announces finalists of 2019 awards

Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in Texas, has announced its 2019 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.

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This year's Tech Titans Awards Gala will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 at 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.

The Tech Titans Awards Gala is sponsored by award sponsors Masergy, Ericsson, Huawei, VLSIP Technologies, Moss Adams, Comerica Bank, Fujitsu, ZRG Partners, Deloitte, Thomson Reuters, CyrusOne, Nokia, State Farm and the Dallas Business Journal. Other sponsors include: Texas Instruments, NTT DATA, Qorvo and Seven Tablets.

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.

Insight Enterprises
PepsiCo Inc.

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

GIACT Systems
Razberi Technologies
Nexeon Medsystems

Emerging Company CEO Award
Recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.
Calvin Carter | Bottle Rocket

Curtis Hite | Improving
Will Rosellini | Nexeon Medsystems
Andrew Schaap | Aligned Energy

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

Sherif Mityas | TGI Fridays
Neelu Sethi | Reddy Ice
Gertrude Van Horn | NCH Corporation

Corporate CTO Award
Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation and maintenance of a creative environment, and market awareness skills.
Arjun Dugal | Capital One

Mark Haney | Alkami Technology
Kate Hopkins | AT&T
Bill Lowrey | Istation

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.
Cinemark Theatres

Rebel Athletic
Signature Pointe
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.
Corey Clark, Ph.D., BALANCED Media | Technology

Ken Moore | Spark Connected
Rym Zalila-Wenkstern, Ph.D. | The University of Texas at Dallas
Muthu Wijesundara, Ph.D. | The University of Texas at Arlington

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.
Kedreon Cole |
Scoreboard Ventures
Tom Edwards | BlackFin360
Hilda Galvan | Jones Day
Hope Shimabuku | Texas U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Investment Catalyst Award
Recognizes a significant investment transaction that delivers significant long-term economic prosperity for the Metroplex and improves the technology innovation investment climate of the region.
Blue Star Innovation Partners
Dumb Money
​Perot Jain
TWV Capital

Community Hero Award
This award recognizes an individual within the technology industry for their outstanding achievements in community involvement.
Jorge Corral | Accenture
Shanthi Rajaram | Amazech Solutions
Bob Sawler | The Realtime Group
Chris Skaggs | TSP

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.
Morris Goldade | Wylie High

Leigh Ann Mitchell | Lewisville High
Jared Stites | Hebron High
Lisa Wong | Trinity Christian Academy

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.
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | The University of Texas at Dallas

M.S. Physics with Teaching Emphasis | Texas A&M University-Commerce
Reconfigurable Computing Lab | University of North Texas
UTDesign EPICS | The University of Texas at Dallas
The winners will be announced at the Gala at the Renaissance Legacy Plano West on Friday, August 23 at 7 PM.

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