CARY,Raindrop Geomagic and EMC Corp. received the private and public company of the year honors respectively at the annual NCEITA 21 Awards banquet Thursday night.

The North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association also gave its lifetime achievement award to former Gov. Jim Hunt and its public leadership honor to State Treasurer Richard Moore.

Joe Freddoso, director of RTP Site Operations for Cisco Systems, was cited as the top volunteer for his work on behalf of NCEITA campaigns.

More honors could be headed Raindrop Geomagic’s way. President Ping Fu could not attend Thursday night. She is a candidate for Ernst & Young’s national entrepreneur of the year award and is attending that event. Fu won the E&Y honor for North Carolina.

Raindrop Geomagic is a software firm focused on 3-D modeling.

EMC Corp., which has a major manufacturing facility in Apex, is a world leader in development and production of information storage systems and software.

Top growth company of the year went to Art.com, which recently signed a partnership with Amazon.com.

Sprint received the corporate citizenship award, and Time Warner Cable was cited for corporate education.

Other winners included:

Unitive, electronics company of the year

Ultimus, software company of the year

Trimeris, healthcare/pharmaceutical company of the year

SpectraSite, communications company of the year

Lending Tree, consumer technology company of the year

Kyma Technologies, early-state technology company of the year

Apex Analytix, mid-size company of the year

Static Control Components, large company of the year

Alston & Bird LLP, IT support services company of the year

Clarkston Consulting, top customer service company of the year

Biolex, top venture capital invested company of the year

MCNC, top government/non-profit technology of the year

Local Tech Wire, media company of the year

Profiles of the winning companies appear in the Nov. 21 edition of the Triangle Business Journal.

NECITA: www.nceita.org