Finalists For Chattanooga's 1st Annual Technology Excellence Awards Announced

Thursday, August 6, 2020
ChaTech, the Chattanooga Technology Council, announces the first annual Technology Excellence Awards (TechX). The inaugural TechX Awards will recognize regional companies for outstanding involvement, achievements and accomplishments in the Chattanooga technology community. 
 
The awards were well received by the community, officials said. Across the 10 categories, there were 70 nominations among 33 companies.  
 
The finalists are: 
 
CxO of the Year - Honors a senior technology executive, such as a VP or C-Suite, for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophies and service to the industry and community.
•       BCBST: Jennifer Butler
•       City of Chattanooga: Brent Messer
•       Kenco Group: Steve Hitchings

Technology Leader of the Year - Recognizes a key executive, manager level or above, whose knowledge and skill with technology has helped them grow and shape their companies.
•       Groxio: Bruce Tate
•       Rhinogram: Kathy Ford
•       Text Request: Rob Reagan
 
Security Leader of the Year - Recognizes a security leader, manager level or above, who demonstrates excellence, innovation and leadership in information security.
•       InfoSystems: Fred Cobb
•       Ionado Group: Lemon Williams
•       Kenco Group: Wes Floyd
 
Data Analytics: Professional or Team of the Year - Celebrates the individual or team that has executed a data or analytics implementation to enhance organizational decision-making and operations.
Includes Data Science, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Engineers, Database Developer, ETL, etc.
•       FreightWaves Team
•       Kenco Group Team
•       PlayCore: Jon Schier
 
Infrastructure Team of the Year - Recognizes the IT Infrastructure team who has led unparalleled business transformation through the use of infrastructure technologies. Includes Network Admin, Server Admin, Firewall Admin, etc.
•       InfoSystems
•       Kenco Group
•       PlayCore
 
Software Developer of the Year - Celebrates an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of software development.
•       Chatt State: Bill Crum
•       EirSystems: Kenny O’Neal
•       Kenco Group: Trever Ehrlich
 
Tech Company of the Year - Recognizes a service provider company that has demonstrated exceptional insight and innovation using technological strategies to improve productivity, enhance organizational performance and/or develop new markets.
•       FreightWaves
•       Mike Collins & Associates
•       Text Request
 
Unsung Tech Hero of the Year - Distinguishes the unheralded technology superstar, in the trenches, paving the way for a successful implementation, a smooth business day, or a working desktop device. May be an individual or a team.
•       Chatt State: Savitha Pinnepalli
•       Kenco Group: Jennifer Edwards
•       STEM School of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools: Kristin Burrus
 
Early Innovator Award - Honors an emerging or existing technology-based company with a prototype product, a new process, or early-stage software application with the potential for a significant competitive advantage or groundbreaking disruption in its field.
•       Base Camp Health
•       BCBST: Robotics Process Automation Journey
•       FAN Innovation
 
Project of the Year - Recognizes the most innovative, imaginative, and successful project in either the public or private sector. This winner will show how they responded to changing customer needs as well as growing business demands.
•       Kenco Group: Comprehensive Cloud Strategic Initiative
•       TVA: Hydro Wireless
•       Unum: Global NOC
 
ChaTech Executive Director Carla Askonas said “It’s an exciting time for Chattanooga. Our city is growing, and with it, the impressive talent who live and work here. ChaTech is thrilled to be celebrate the hard work and stellar accomplishments within the local IT community.”
 
The winners will be announced at a virtual celebration on Thursday, Sept. 10 at noon. Register for free tickets. 

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