Innovation is the thread that pulls us through the future. Most would agree, there’s never been a greater need to embrace it.
Last night, D CEO and Dallas Innovates honored 78 North Texas trailblazers shaping that future at our third-annual Innovation Awards. These are the people and companies disrupting their industries—and solidifying the region’s reputation as a hub for innovation.
North Texas shines as one of the nation’s best markets for tech talent. And Dallas made the list of top-ranked global startup ecosystems for the second straight year last summer. But these trailblazers prove that innovation is embedded in area companies of all sizes and industries, from healthcare and education to logistics and finance.
This year, our innovators spanned 18 categories. The winners—14 companies and four individuals—were revealed during an event held at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
Winners and finalists of The Innovation Awards 2022 are:
CIO/CTO of the Year
Nancy Flores, McKesson Corp.
Arjun Dugal, Capital One
Tammy Gilbert, Fidelity Investments
Mani Suri, 7-Eleven
Neelu Sethi, Reddy Ice
Enterprise Innovator of the Year
Chakri Gottemukkala, o9 Solutions
Bravis Brown, BPS Technology
Jordan Jayson, U.S. Energy Development Corp.
Melbourne O’Banion, Bestow
Kevin Stadler, Evolon Technology
Geoff Walker, KidKraft
Startup Innovator of the Year
David Copps, Worlds.io
Michael Gorton, Recuro Health
Michael Kinder, Veryable
Daniel Powell, Spark Biomedical
Innovation Advocate of the Year
Bill Sproull, Tech Titans
Cameron Cushman, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Paul Nichols, The University of Texas at Dallas
Benjamin Vann, Impact Ventures
Innovation in Biotech
Taysha Gene Therapies
Innovation in Education
Mark Cuban Foundation
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
UT Southwestern Medical School Simulation Center
Innovation in Finance
Innovation in Food and Beverage
Innovation in Healthcare
Neuro Rehab VR
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Innovation in Hospitality
Innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain
Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
Innovation in Marketing
Avocados From Mexico
Neiman Marcus Group
Innovation in Real Estate
Kalterra Capital Partners
VariSpace by Vari
Innovation in Sports
Innovation in Talent Workforce
Arcade Talent Agency
Innovation in Technology
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Lone Star Analysis
Innovation in Transportation
AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ)
Leviate Air Group
About the awards
D CEO featured the 78 finalists in the January/February issue. Stay tuned for a photo recap of the event.
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