Tech Titans award winners announced

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August 22, 2016
Tech Titans, The Technology Association for North 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. The Tech Titans Award Gala at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 19. See photos from the Gala.

“The Tech Titans Awards Gala is the premier recognition of innovative companies and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of the North Texas region,” said Bill Sproull, president and CEO of Tech Titans. “These pioneers are impacting tomorrow's technology today with their innovation, leadership and advocacy. Their groundbreaking advancements make a difference here and around the globe.”

This year’s finalists represented diverse categories from the traditional telecom fields to a children’s hospital to a concrete company. In harmony with current trends, a larger number of analytics and healthcare practices were represented.

Winners of this year’s awards are:
Corporate Company CEO      Chris MacFarland, Masergy
Recognizes CEO leadership within the technology and communications industry
During MacFarland’s time at Masergy, the company has expanded its employee base by 380 percent, and is currently poised to add 120 to 150 employees this year. Under MacFarland’s leadership, Masergy’s annual sales have also grown by 300 percent and its profitability by more than 1,200 percent. Last year the company reached about 20 percent growth, and has achieved more than $1 billion in cumulative revenue. MacFarland’s work has allowed Masergy to become the largest independent global network platform provider.
Emerging Company CEO      Greg Fasullo, EnTouch Controls
Recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.
Greg is a serial entrepreneur who has been the market and technology visionary and the face of this software-enabled services company which helps more than 4,000 North American facilities optimize energy usage and reduce consumption.
Corporate CTO      Andrew Olowu, Axxess
Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation and maintenance of a creative environment, and market awareness skills.
Olowu’s collaborative team approach web-based and mobile applications are used by thousands of home health care organizations nationwide, allowing them to more effectively treat more than one million patients daily.
CIO Award      Maya Leibman, American Airlines
Recognizes the Chief Information Officer for exceptional technical leadership that fosters the deployment of IT resulting in significant value for the company.
With the merger of American and US Airways, led the most complex, visible and ultimately seamless migration to one loyalty program in airline history, making sure customers were confident that their miles were safe and well-managed.
Corporate Innovation            Nokia
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology and communications industry.
Nokia offers Fast Power Amplifier Switching which is the simple, lower cost solution to the problem of mobile device stations consuming power 100 percent of the time even when there is no traffic on the base station.
Emerging Company Innovation       Brainspace
Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes or services within the technology and communications industry.
Brainspace excels at driving the value of big data for Fortune 500 companies with its patented technology that evaluates natural language and reviews up to two million documents per hour.
Technology Inventor        Dr. Sandy Dasgupta, UT Arlington
Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.
Dasgupta invented a means to simplify chemical analysis with separation of individual components by chromatography. Applications are wide, environment to health care, semiconductor fabrication and law enforcement.
Technology Advocate     DFW*ATW Alliance of Technology and Women
Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.
DFW*ATW, applies a three-pillar approach - educate, connect and mentor –to help women pursue and advance technology careers.
Investment Catalyst       Hangar Ventures
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.
Hangar Ventures is a newly established Dallas-based venture capital fund focused on making early stage investments in North Texas technology companies. Its new $50 million fund bridges the gap in the region’s venture capital industry.
Technology Adopter       Children’s Health
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.
Children’s Health uses predictive modeling and virtual health tools to highlight individual child health risks. Children’s Health reaches more children to provide needed care using tech.
Community Hero        Heidi Means, Texas Instruments
Recognizes an individual within the technology industry for their outstanding achievements in community involvement.
Means is TI’s chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and co-president of High-Tech High Heels, which helps close the gender gap in STEM efforts.
Tech Titan of the Future, University  University of Texas at Arlington ASSURE
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.
ASSURE involves undergraduate students who create experiments with peer mentoring. The majority of ASSURE students – 87 percent – remain in sciences programs, exceeding national averages.
Tech Titan of the Future, High School       Kayla Olivas, Plano ISD
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.
Olivas, a science teacher, recognizes students learn at different paces and from different methods and has incorporated different learning stations. Her instruction and questions reflect individual student differences, too.
Part of the Tech Titans Awards Gala is the Fast Tech awards. The Fast Tech awards recognize 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 publicly available information conducted by TravisWolff LLP and Comerica Bank. 

Fast Tech award winners for 2016 are determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2013 to 2015. This year’s Fast Tech list is comprised of 25 North Texas technology companies, with Newline Interactive winning the coveted prize of fastest-growing company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 570% during the last 3 years.

Besides title sponsor AT&T, other supporters of the Tech Titans Awards Gala include Ericsson, Nokia, Fujitsu Network Communications, Huawei, VLSIP Technologies, Deloitte, ZRG Partners, Dassault Systemes, State Farm, Moss Adams, ZTE, Thomson Reuters, CyrusOne, PwC, Qorvo and the Dallas Business Journal. Crowe Horwath and Comerica Bank Life Science are sponsors for Fast Tech. Other sponsors include Haynes and Boone, Cigniti, Verizon, Texas Instruments, BravoTECH, Masergy, Cisco, HCA North Texas, Freeman, Mitel, Pearson Partners, UT Arlington, University of North Texas, and UT Dallas.
About the Tech Titans Awards
The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 by Tech Titans, North Texas’ most comprehensive organization supporting technology. The prestigious annual contest recognizes outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. The Tech Titans Gala committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who organize the awards ceremony each year, and judges for the contest are drawn from a variety of disciplines in technology, leaders in the DFW area and past winners. For more information, visit

About Tech Titans
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
Tech Titans is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. 
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