Tech Titans’ 2023 ‘Fast Tech’ Rankings and Award Winners Take the Stage

Check out the fastest-growing technology companies in North Texas—and more than a dozen other award winners, from Community Hero to Hall of Famer—who were honored at the 2023 Tech Titans Awards Gala.

The fastest-growing tech companies in North Texas—and more than a dozen other awardees—were honored at the Tech Titans Awards Gala, held September 29 at the Renaissance Legacy West Hotel in Plano.

Topping the organization’s 2023 “Fast Tech” fastest-growing companies list was Irving-based TAP Innovations. With a name that’s shorthand for theAppPlace, the company delivers cloud-based solutions to eliminate and replace an organization’s manual efforts and spreadsheets. TAP was founded in 2017 by its CEO, John Ragsdale.

The Fast Tech Award honors the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2020 to2022. The ranking was compiled from nominations submitted directly to Tech Titans, Moss Adams, and Comerica Bank. Moss Adams and Comerica Bank Tech and Life Sciences were sponsors for the category.

“Tech Titans is proud to recognize these emerging North Texas companies on the 2023 Fast Tech list,” Paul Bendel, executive director of Tech Titans, said in a statement. “These companies are already making substantial impacts on the tech industry. We look forward to seeing the growth of these companies for years to come.”

The No. 1 fastest-growing company on the 2023 Tech Titans Fast Tech list is Irving-based TAP Innovations. Its CEO, John Ragsdale, is shown holding the trophy. With him are, from left, Charlie Fell of Comerica Bank Tech and Life Sciences, Vance McCollough of Moss Adams, and Ollie Chandhok of the Dallas Business Journal. [Photo: Tech Titans]

The full list of Tech Titans 2023 Fast Tech winners includes 21 companies in the following ranking order, starting with TAP Innovations at No. 1:

TAP Innovations

John Ragsdale


Luke Hejl


Shaun Clark

TakeCommand Health

Jack Hooper


Sean Minter

Lone Star Analysis

Steve Roemerman


Jeff Shanahan


Tobe Thompson

Newline Interactive

Kevin Wang

Bython Media

Chris Leger

Cypher Learning

Graham Glass


Trey Gibson


Michael Pusateri


Dinakara Nagalla

Perry Weather

Colin Perry


Steve Reynolds


Jon Bolen

Cloud Ingenuity

Suzanne Kosub


Alex Finley


Mark Floyd


Darren Heffernan


Vance McCollough, a partner at Moss Adams, said this year’s Fast Tech winners are “great examples of the vibrant tech ecosystem in North Texas and the growth that companies realize from bringing innovative solutions to market.”

“The companies ranked on the 2023 Fast Tech list have showcased extraordinary dedication, vision, and an unwavering commitment to driving technological advancement in our region,” McCollough added in a statement. “We’re excited to see how these companies will continue to shape the future of the tech industry.”

Awards presented in 14 categories at Tech Titans gala

Part of the crowd of attendees at the 2023 Tech Titans Awards Gala. [Photo: Tech Titans]

The Fast Tech Award is just one of 14 award categories that were presented at the 2023 Tech Titans Awards Gala, which showcased “the most innovative individuals and companies in the North Texas technology industry.” The award recipients are individuals and companies that are transforming the high-tech industry by developing innovative solutions to today’s complex challenges, Tech Titans said, with the gala providing “visibility to the innovators, adopters, and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.”

More 2023 Tech Titans award winners:

Gertrude Van Horn was awarded with membership in the Tech Titans Hall of Fame at the organization’s 2023 awards gala. Her award was presented by Hall of Famer Valerie Freeman of BravoTech. [Photo: Tech Titans]

Tech Titans Hall of Fame

Gertrude (Trude) Van Horn
NCH Corporation

Corporate CEO

Andrew Schaap
Aligned Data Centers

Community Hero

Swathi Nelabhatla

Corporate Innovation

Aligned Data Centers

Corporate CIO/CTO

Carissa DeSantis
Brix Holdings

Emerging Company Innovation

Connect 5G

Emerging Company CIO/CTO

Thomas Sweet
Industrial Refrigeration

Start Up Company CEO

Rahul Saini

Emerging Company CEO

Steve Miff
President & CEO
Parkland Center for Clinical Information

2023 Tech Titans Tech Advocate Award recipient Barbara Baffer, center, with Gala Chair Deborah Sawyer at right. [Photo: Tech Titans]

Technology Advocate

Barbara Baffer
Vice President of Government & Industry Relations

Technology Inventors

Walter Voit & Benjamin Lund
Adaptive 3D, Desktop Metal

Tech Titans of the Future – High School

Casey McCluskey
Marcus High School
Lewisville ISD

Tech Titans of the Future – Community College/University Level

University of North Texas College of Engineering – Diversity and Excellence in Engineering Network

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