The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) finalists for its 2005 “NCTA 21 Awards” reads like a who’s who list of emerging and established firms across North Carolina.

The awards selection process, in collaboration with past and present NCTA chairpersons, was conducted by Grant Thornton for the third consecutive year.

The winners will be presented at the 11th annual awards ceremony on Nov. 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary.

Jeff Barber of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Raleigh will be honored as NCTA’s volunteer of the year.

This year’s theme is “A Sea of Opportunity”.

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Finalists include:

Communications Company of the Year:

Hatteras Networks, Inc., JPS Communications, Tekelec and Time Warner Telecom

Consumer Technology Company of the Year:

Batanga, and Summus

Corporate Citizenship of the Year:

EMC Corporation, Duke Energy and Progress Energy

Corporate Education:

Cisco Systems, Inc., EMC Corporation and SAS

Early Stage Company of the Year:

Cyberlux Corporation, Inlet Technologies, Rural Sourcing and TransLoc, Inc.

Electronics Company of the Year:

Cree, Inc., Flextronics and RF Micro Devices

Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Company of the Year:

GSK, Icagen, MercuryMD and Misys Healthcare Systems

IT Support Services Award:

CapStrat, Peak 10 and RBC Centura

Large Company of the Year:

Constella Group, Red Hat and SAS

Media Award:

Business North Carolina, News 14 Carolina and the Triangle Business Journal

Mid Size Company of the Year:

LVL7 Systems, Inc., MercuryMD, Peak 10 and Raindrop Geomagic

NCTA Volunteer: Jeff Barber of PricewaterhouseCoopers

Private Company of the Year:

A4 Health Solutions, ChannelAdvisor, Constella Group, Motricity and Peopleclick

Public Company of the Year:

Bank of America, BB&T, Duke Energy, Nucor and Wachovia

Public Leadership in Technology:

North Carolina State Senator Tony Rand

Software Company of the Year:

Misys Healthcare Systems, Peopleclick, SAS and Ultimus

Top Customer Service Company of the Year:, SAS,, Time Warner Telecom and US LEC

Top Government / Non-Profit Technology of the Year:

Donors Choose, Futures 4 Kids and Triangle United Way

Top Growth Company of the Year:

CommScope, Inc., LVL7 Systems, Inc., and Tekelec

Top VC Invested Company of the Year:

Cellective Therapeutics, Motricity, SciQuest and Targacept

In addition, an Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented. The awards are grouped in five different categories: technology industry awards, stage of development awards, functional awards, leadership awards and excellence awards.