Who Won What at the 2019 Tech Titans Awards

At its annual awards gala, Tech Titans honored 14 North Texas companies, organizations, and individuals for outstanding industry contributions. See who made it out on top.

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Tech Titans, billed as the state’s largest technology trade association, celebrated the most groundbreaking North Texas technology companies and individuals at its awards gala last week.

The Tech Titans Awards Gala was 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.

And, at its annual awards show, Tech Titans recognizes those who have made the most significant contributions to their industries.

“For 19 years, we have seen amazing innovation from nominees,” Bill Sproull, president and CEO of Tech Titans, said in a statement. “We are honored to highlight such impressive companies, individuals and organizations that lay the foundation for future growth and progress.”

We rounded up the 2019 Tech Titans Awards winners in each category, with each description attributed to Tech Titans. For a list of the finalists, go here.

Corporate Innovation

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

  • PepsiCo Inc.

Emerging Company Innovation

Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes, or services within the technology and communications industry.


Emerging Company CEO

Recognizes a CEO’s leadership at an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.

  • Calvin Carter, Bottle Rocket

Corporate Company CEO

Recognizes a CEO’s leadership within the tech industry for companies with revenues of more than $200 million.

  • James Klein, Qorvo

Corporate CIO

Recognizes a 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

Corporate CTO

Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation, and maintenance of a creative environment, along with market awareness skills.

  • Mark Haney, Alkami Technology

Technology Adopter

Recognizes a company that doesn’t have technology products or services as a core business for the adoption and application of innovative technologies to successfully change and impact its business results.

  • Rebel Athletic

Technology Inventor

Recognizes the pioneering accomplishments of a person, team, or group responsible for the creation of breakthrough ideas, processes, or products.

  • Corey Clark, Ph.D., BALANCED Media | Technology

Technology Advocate

Recognizes a technology advocate or champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing, or accelerating the performance of technology companies or the community.

  • Tom Edwards, BlackFin360

Investment Catalyst

Recognizesthe completion of a significant tech investment that will impact and deliver significant long-term economic prosperity for Dallas-Fort Worth.

  • Perot Jain

Tech Titan of the Future – High School

Recognizes a high school math or science teacher for the development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest.

  • Leigh Ann Mitchell, Lewisville High

Tech Titans of the Future – University

Recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights North Texas’ higher educational institutions that have curriculum and incentives that would encourage tech-related learning.

  • Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Texas at Dallas

Community Hero

Recognizes an individual within the tech industry that has made significant achievements in community involvement.

  • Bob Sawler, The Realtime Group

Fast Tech – Fastest Growing Company

Recognizes the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and cleantech companies in Dallas-Fort Worth. This ranking is compiled from submitted nominations and independent research using public information by Crowe and Comerica Bank.

This year’s list, comprised of 20 North Texas tech companies, was determined by the company’s percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2016 to 2018.

  • LEO Cyber Security (2,986 percent revenue growth)


Alex Edwards and Lance Murray contributed to this report.

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