Chris Chung, CEO of Republic Wireless, was named “Technology Executive of the Year” at the North Carolina Technology Association’s NC Tech Awards event Thursday night in Durham. Chung was COO of Bandwidth Inc. prior to Republic’s spinout as a separate firm in 2011. Bandwidth, which is launching it IPO this morning hoping to raise $80 million, won the large company corporate 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 president and CEO. “We’re pleased to highlight such a diverse mix of companies and leaders at this year’s Awards event.” Each award recognizes those who have made significant contributions, over the past year, to the tech sector, community and state.

Other winners include:

  • AvidXchange: Software Company
  • SoftPro: Mid-Size Company
  • Brady Services: Use of Technology – Innovative Workplace
  • Citrix: Industry Driven
  • Cree: Internet of Things
  • Duke University: Use of Technology – Analytics
  • ecomdash: Use of Technology – e-commerce
  • ERC Broadband: Corporate Impact
  • Medfusion: Innovative Product
  • Netsertive: New Media/Digital Marketing
  • Pendo: Use of Technology – Customer Service
  • Pendo: Small Company
  • Railinc: Use of Technology – Business Value

Individual Award Winners

  • Outstanding Achievement: David Jones, Peak 10 + ViaWest
  • Private Sector Chief Information Officer: Jerry Traynham, Railinc
  • Public Sector Chief Information Officer: Jeff Stovall, City of Charlotte
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO): Craig Froelich, Bank of America
  • Public Leader of the Year: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
  • Tech Educator of the Year: Robert Gotwals, NC School of Science & Math
  • Tech Executive of the Year: Chris Chuang, Republic Wireless
  • Tech Woman of the Year: Melissa Wittner, Inmar

Top 10 Startups to Watch

  • Brilliant Sole
  • BruVue
  • CloudGenera
  • Cultivate
  • Ekos Brewmaster
  • Kingsmen Software
  • ProAxion
  • Quantworks
  • Reveal Mobile
  • Voxelight

The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is a not-for-profit, membership-driven trade association and the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina. NCTA is the intersection of leadership and technology, fueling the growth of North Carolina through Executive Engagement, Public Affairs, and a Knowledge Workforce. For more information, visit our website at