Frank Drendel, founder and chairman of CommScope, and N.C. Representative Jason Saine will receive two of the top three individual awards from the North Carolina Technology Association at its annual 21 Awards program next month.
Drendel will receive the Outstanding Achievement award.
Saine, who represents Lincoln County, will receive the Public Leadership award.
The third top award – Tech Exec of the Year – will be announced at the event, which is set for Nov. 7.
“North Carolina is fortunate to have leaders in both the public and private sectors who understand the key role of technology in the economic vitality of our state,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s CEO. “Frank Drendel and Representative Saine exemplify this type of leadership, and we are proud to honor their efforts.”
Drendel launched CommScope in 1976. The company was acquired by the Carlyle Group in January 2011, but the company is returning to public markets with an IPO worth an estimated $750 million. In 1999, Drendel received North Carolina’s top civilian award – the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Saine, who is serving his second term, is chair of the Information Technology Appropriations Subcommittee.