The North Carolina Technology Association has disclosed its list of NC Tech Awards finalists for this year. The NC Tech Awards is the state’s largest awards program, recognizing the tech sector’s extraordinary achievements. Individual award winners were also announced.

There are three categories of awards: technology corporate awards (recognizing organizations providing tech solutions), use of technology awards (recognizing organization that have leveraged technology for improvement) and individual awards (executives that have led technology innovations).

The winners will be announced at the annual Awards Gala, Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Individual Award Winners

Outstanding Achievement: Bob Greenberg of IBM (retired) and Bob Hawkins, EMC (also retired)

Tech Exec of the Year: Robbie Allen (Automated Insights). 

Finalists included: Tony Atti (Phononic), Venessa Harrison (AT&T), Pierre Naude (nCino) and Michael Praeger (AvidXchange)

  • Public Leader: Representative D. Craig Horn
  • Tech Woman: Saundra Williams, NC Community Colleges
  • Public Sector CIO: Chris Estes, NC State CIO
  • Private Sector CIO: Victor Fetter, LPL Financial
  • Tech Educator: Marie Hopper, NC FIRST Robotics

Technology Corporate Awards

  • Software Company: Avalara • AvidXchange • Impact Financial Systems • nCino • Stealz
  • Communications Technology Company: AT&T • CenturyLink • Cloud for Good • CommScope • Overture Networks
  • Industry Driven Technology: ABT Power Management • Cenduit • MobileSmith • Tantalus Systems • WebAssign
  • Innovative Product: Automated Insights • Cisco • Phononic • Reveal Mobile • Sensus
  • Best Consumer Web Company: Likeli • NextGlass • Reveal Mobile • Stealz • Tourpedo
  • New Media/Digital Company: Automated Insights • Bronto Software • MobileSmith • Netsertive • Tourpedo
  • Best Place to Work: Adwerx • ARCA • Lenovo • Red Hat • TABNER
  • Fast Growth Small Company: d-Wise • Epoch Universal • Greenteknology Electronics Recycling Solutions • Impact Financial Systems • Samanage
  • Fast Growth Large Company: ARCA • AvidXchange • Netsertive • Red Hat • Spoonflower
  • Top Ten Startups to Watch: Adwerx • Core Compete • Ecomdash • Koolbridge Solar • Pendo • • Reveal Mobile • Surgilum • Tiger Eye Sensor • Tourpedo

Use of Technology Awards

Analytics: Cisco • NCDOA • TIAA CREF • INC Research • Strategic Management Decisions
Business Value: City of Charlotte • INC Research • LPL Financial • NC DHHS • Town of Cary
Customer Service: Ally Financial • Fonville Morisey • Martin Marietta • TouchCare • Town of Cary
E-Commerce: Ally Financial • Spoonflower • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina • Futures, Inc. • Ticketmaster Mobile Studio
Education: Coder Foundry • Friday Institute (NC State) • NC FIRST Robotics • The Science House • US2020 RTP
Energy & The Environment: Bio Resource International • Greenteknology Electronics Recycling Solutions • Kepley Biosystems • Koolbridge Solar • XelAqua
Health & Wellness: Carolinas IT • Cenduit • DocsInk • Tiger Eye Sensor • TouchCare

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