Business veteran and entrepreneur John McConnell walked away with the top individual honor at the annual North Carolina Technology Association “21 Awards.”

McConnell received the Outstanding Achievement award Thursday night.

A capacity crowd of some 800 people turned out for the event.

Jesse Lipson, the founder of Raleigh-based ShareFile which was acquired by Citrix, won the “People’s Choice” award, which was decided by public voting.

Former N.C. Senator Richard Stevens was recognized with the Public Leadership award.

“Year after year we continue to see a high level of excellence and innovation from the technology community in North Carolina,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s CEO. “We’re pleased to highlight such a diverse mix of companies and leaders at the NCTA 21 Awards.”

The winners:

  • Best Customer Service Company: APEX Analytix
  • Best Internal Implementation of Technology: Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Best Product or Service Company: Epic Games
  • Best Workplace Culture: LexisNexis
  • Clean Technology Award: Semprius
  • Corporate Impact Company: Time Warner Cable
  • Emerging Company: TearScience
  • Environmental Steward Company: SAS
  • Fastest Growing Company: SilkRoad Technology
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Company: Medicago
  • Industry Driven Technology Company: ChannelAdvisor
  • Large Company: Lenovo
  • Mid-Size Company: RegEd
  • Most Innovative Company: Valencell
  • Private Company: Bandwidth
  • Public Company: SciQuest
  • Small Company: Netsertive
  • Software Company: Red Hat
  • Public Leadership: Former Senator Richard Stevens
  • Tech Exec of the Year – People’s Choice: Jessie Lipson, VP & GM of Data Sharing – Citrix
  • Outstanding Achievement: John McConnell