Finalists Announced for the 2019 Tech Titans Awards

The Tech Titans Awards recognize the elite in North Texas technology and highlight the innovators, adopters, and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.

Tech Titans awards

The 2019 finalists for the Tech Titans Awards have been announced by Tech Titans, the state’s largest technology trade association.

The Tech Titans Awards Gala will be Aug. 23 at Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Drive in Plano. 

Tech Titans—a Dallas Innovates partner organization—represents roughly a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. It’s a diverse group of technology leaders from Fortune 500 companies to startups who work together to make innovation thrive in North Texas.

Here are the 2019 finalists:

Corporate Innovation Award 

Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology and communications industry.

  • AT&T
  • Insight Enterprises
  • Nokia
  • 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.

  • 5miles
  • 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 Corp.

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 Inventor 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, LaunchPad City
  • Tom Edwards, BlackFin360
  • Hilda Galvan, Jones Day
  • Hope Shimabuku, Texas U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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


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