Posted Mar. 20, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.

Field set for WRAL TechWire Awards - vote today

Published: 2017-03-20 07:17:51
Updated: 2017-03-20 07:17:51

Voting opens today for WRAL TechWire's fifth annual awards with three finalists named across 12 categories. Six awards go to individuals, six to companies with honors split into two groups: Established and growing enterprise plus startups and emerging entrepreneurial companies.

Our awards party is set for April 25 at Google Fiber's new headquarters in Raleigh.

Voting ends March 31, so don't waste time.

The balloting is very close every year. Your choices count.

More than 100 individuals and companies were nominated by WRAL TechWire readers. The finalists were selected after a review by a WTW awards committee based on nominations received.

Here are the finalists:


Fastest Growing Startup (most potential)

  • Eco-Site
  • Republic Wireless
  • Textivia

Most Steady Startup (delivering success consistently)

  • Adwerx
  • Republic Wireless
  • ArchiveSocial

Best Emerging Startup (fast-growing startup emerging from stealth mode)

  • Eco-Site
  • RewardStock
  • Roundtable Analytics

Top Startup Director (CEO/Chairman)

  • Scott Moody, Co-Founder and CEO, K4Connect
  • Todd Olson, CEO,
  • Chris Chuang, Co-Founder and CEO, Republic Wireless

Startup Executive Leader (top leader/executive, not necessarily CEO but a COO, CFO, CIO)

  • Kevin Barry, Founder and COO, FilterEasy
  • Tatiana Birgisson, Founder and CEO, MATI Energy
  • Nate Frechette, Co-Founder and CTO, Dropsource

Most Noteworthy Startup Founder or Investor

  • Chris Heivly, The Startup Factory
  • David Gardner, Cofounders Capital
  • Mark Easley, Goldhat Advisors


Highest Achieving Enterprise (established companies)

  • Bandwidth
  • IBM Watson
  • Sageworks

Most Steady Enterprise (delivering success consistently)

  • MetLife Global Technology Operations
  • Red Hat
  • Bandwidth

Best Emerging Enterprise (perhaps with IPO or exit potential)

  • Validic
  • Bandwidth

Top Enterprise Director (CEO/Chairman)

  • Allen West, President and CEO, Railinic
  • David Morken, Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bandwidth
  • Jean Davis, President and CEO, MCNC

Enterprise Executive Leader (top leader/executive, not necessarily CEO but a COO, CFO, CIO)

  • Jesse Lipson, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services BU at Citrix
  • Tara Fitzgerald, President, Clinical Development Services at INC Research
  • Will Aycock, General Manager at Greenlight Community Broadband

Most Noteworthy Enterprise Founders or Investors

  • Art Pappas, Pappas Ventures
  • David Jones, Bull City Venture Partners
  • Mark Easley, Goldhat Advisors

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