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Tech Titans celebrates North Texas' best and brightest at annual Awards Gala

11 categories of companies, organizations and individuals honored for significant contributions to their industries in the 20th anniversary of the event
DALLAS – Oct. 26, 2020Tech 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 on Friday, Oct. 23. 
“For 20 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.”
2020 Tech Titans Awards Winners
Hall of Fame inductee Valerie Freeman, BravoTECH
This award recognizes a visionary from the metroplex known for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of the technology industry and/or adoption of technology in North Texas.
Valerie Freeman is an accomplished entrepreneur who, in addition to building businesses from the ground up, pays it forward in the Dallas business community. For 38 years, she’s been an entrepreneur, mentor, encourager, as well as a playing-field leveler for women in technology. She has continually connected the dots across four decades to meet market demand and provide custom-built services and solutions to fit client needs through recessions, dot com years and the pandemic.
Corporate Company CEO – Niklas Heuveldop, Ericsson
This award recognizes CEO leadership within the technology industry with revenues of more than $200 million.
To date, Ericsson has launched 65 live commercial 5G networks in 33 countries, including launching the first networks in North America with carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Between 2018 and 2019, Niklas increased Ericsson’s North American revenues by 20 percent year over year, primarily driven by investments in 5G readiness to all major customers. Net sales in North America were well over 7 billion USD in 2019, making up more than 30 percent of total net sales for the company.
Emerging Company CEO – Teresa Mackintosh, Trintech
This award recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology industry with revenues between $2 million and $200 million.
Teresa Mackintosh, Trintech, has transformed Trintech from a finance company that sold software solutions into a software company that sells financial software. Through her leadership, Trintech has tripled its customer base to more than 3,500, doubled annual software sales, and executed multiple acquisitions to turn the company into a successful world-class financial operation. 

Corporate CTO – Kent Norton, Omnitracs
This award recognizes a CTO with exceptional technical leadership that fostered the development of new technology resulting in significant value for the company.
This global pioneer of fleet management solutions, Omnitracs is building upon proven, cloud-based technologies to improve delivery and efficiency in operations. Kent’s willingness to experiment with emerging technologies coupled with his vision and leadership expanded Omintracs’ technology portfolio through partnerships with Blue Dot Solutions and Red Hat, thus improving data analytics and back office management for their fleet customers.
Corporate CIO Award – Ellen Barker, Texas Instruments
This award recognizes the Chief Information Officer for exceptional technical leadership that fosters the deployment of IT resulting in significant value for the company.
Ellen has built an IT department that partners across diverse company functions and delivers innovative solutions to strengthen the company’s position in the marketplace. Under her leadership, IT has prioritized the automation of key processes, improved cybersecurity and factory automation and increased resources the meet long-term needs.
Corporate Innovation +1 Labs at Match Group
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.
An accelerator for Match, +1 Labs goal is to foster more meaningful connections through its online dating product. With innovative features like its Chance app, its Spotlight app and its Ship app, +1 Labs is providing innovative ways to reimagine how virtual romance and dating are bringing people closer together as couples, families, and friends
Emerging Company InnovationBALANCED Media | Technology®
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.
BALANCED Media | Technology®, Robert Atkins. CEO, is a crowdsourced healthcare artificial intelligence company that is fundamentally changing the diagnosis and treatment of diseases through gaming. While players interact with the games, they simultaneously act on datasets to solve complex medical problems. It is a seamless integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning that gets treatments to patients faster and helps better understand the causes of the disease.
Technology Inventor – Polte, Ed Chao, CEO
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.
Polte, Ed Chao, CEO, has revolutionized the asset-tracking markets with its patented Mobile IoT location technology. Polte’s solution is a highly secure, built with “chip to cloud” architecture that overcomes the size, cost and power constraints of traditional asset trackers that use GPS, Wi-Fi or BLE. Instead Polte has pioneered the use of existing 4G and 5G cellular signals to offer a disruptive application at faster speeds and more accuracy.
Technology Advocate – Per Scholas, Stephanie Valdez
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.
Per Scholas, Stephanie Valdez, managing director, is a leading workforce-development, nonprofit program that educates adults and helps them launch careers as IT professionals. With a philosophy that the classroom is the heart of the educational experience, Per Scholas has helped 495 Dallas residents get jobs in the IT industry in the last five years. Per Scholars uses comprehensive relationships with more than 100 DFW area employers who help develop and improve content for career training programs, enlist volunteers to help teach students and hire graduates.
Technology AdopterChildren's Health
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.
Children's Health developed an innovative analytics portal that condensed thousands of reports into one clear and concise dashboard that has changed the way data is reported to the thousands of Childrens team members and facilities across North Texas. Developed completely by the Childrens staff without the aid of consultants, the portal has unified the health system with a standardized platform that has saved the hospital nearly one-million dollars in costs.
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 2020 are determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2017 to 2019. This year’s Fast Tech list is comprised of 27 North Texas technology companies, with LEO Cyber Security winning the coveted prize of fastest-growing company in North Texas, for the second time in a year (a first for this award). For a full list of 2020 Fast Tech companies, visit  
Supporters of the Tech Titans Awards Gala include MarketScale, Ericsson, Nokia, AT&T, Fujitsu Network Communications, Masergy, Deloitte, Texas Instruments, GIACT, State Farm, The University of Texas at Dallas and the Dallas Business Journal. Moss Adams and Comerica Bank are sponsors for Fast Tech. Other sponsors include Qorvo, VLSIP Technologies, NTT DATA Services and Dallas College.

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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