The North Carolina Technology Association is making its award for the top technology executive open to “the people’s choice.”

Anyone – NCTA member or not – can go online and cast a vote for the top technology executive for the NCTA 21 awards, the technology group’s annual awards. The finalists are:

  • Jud Bowman, president and CEO of Appia
  • Nicholas Kottyan, president and CEO of DataChambers
  • Doug Lebda, chairman and CEO of LendingTree
  • Chuck Swoboda, president and CEO of Cree
  • Scot Wingo, co-founder and CEO of ChannelAdvisor

Online voting closes on Friday, Sept. 27. This year, NCTA 21 will be held on Nov. 7.