Metroplex Technology Business Council

Past winners

The Tech Titans Award winners were revealed at the Tech Titans Award Gala at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, August 23, 2013. 

View the online version of the 2013 winners in the Dallas Business Journal.

The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), the largest technology trade association in Texas, announced the winners of its 13th annual Tech Titans awards. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.

“Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative technology companies and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy and success of the North Texas region,” said Bill Sproull, president and of the MTBC. “These pioneers are impacting tomorrow’s technology today with their innovation, leadership and advocacy. Their groundbreaking advancements make a difference here and around the globe.”

Part of Tech Titans is the Fast Tech awards. The Fast Tech awards recognize the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This ranking is compiled from nominations submitted directly to the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), and independent research using publicly available information conducted by TravisWolff LLP and Comerica Bank.

Fast Tech award winners for 2013 are determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2010 to 2012. This year’s Fast Tech list is comprised of 35 North Texas technology companies, with Prism Microwave, Inc. winning the coveted prize of fastest-growing company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 691% during the last 3 years.

Besides the MTBC and title sponsor Ericsson, other supporters of the Tech Titans Awards event include Fujitsu Network Communications, Huawei, GENBAND, Deloitte, AT&T, BKD LLP, Alcatel-Lucent, Korn Ferry, Cisco, NetApp, and the Dallas Business Journal.

About the Tech Titans Awards

The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 by the Metroplex Technology Business Council, North Texas’ most comprehensive organization supporting technology. The prestigious annual contest recognizes outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. The Tech Titans committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who organize the awards ceremony each year, and judges for the contest are drawn from a variety of disciplines in technology, leaders in the DFW area and past winners. For more information, visit
About Metroplex Technology Business Council

The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) is the largest technology trade association in Texas, representing a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies. The MTBC strengthens the North Texas’ technology community and its reputation by acting as the innovation hub for entrepreneurs, universities and corporations. The MTBC continues to prove that ‘Technology lives here’ by growing future tech leaders with its talent and workforce development initiative, advocating technology’s advancement in governmental arenas, and connecting people and inspiring ideas through its programs and special interest groups. More information about MTBC and its annual Tech Titans awards gala can be found online by visiting

Past Winners:

2013 – Lance Crosby, SoftLayer, an IBM Company
2012 – Angel Ruiz, Ericsson
2011 – Roger D. Linquist, MetroPCS
2010 – Charles Vogt, Genband
2009 – Bruce Ballangee, Pariveda Solutions, Inc.
2008 – Patrick Brandt, Skywire Software
2007 – Rashid Skaf, AMX

2013 – Chris Drake, FireHost
2012 – Steven W. White, ImageVision
2011 – Jack Thompson, Tango Management Consulting
2010 – Shama Kabani, The Marketing Zen Group
2009 – Nina Vaca, Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.
2008 – Greg Smith, Accudata Technologies
2007 – Douglas Bartek, Tango Networks

2013 – Nokia Solutions and Networks
2012 – AT&T Foundry
2011 – Alcatel-Lucent
2010 – D4D Technologies LLC
2009 – Electronic Transaction Consultants
2008 – Samsung Telecommunications America
2007 – Nortel, 4GBusiness & Ecosystem Development

2013 – Optisense Network, LLC
2012 – 4G Biometrics, LLC
2011- Encore Vision, Inc.
2010 – MicroTransponder, Inc.
2009 – Sipera Systems
2008 – RipCode, Inc.
2007 – Oryon Technologies

2013 – Larry Hornbeck, Texas Instruments
2012 – Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, The University of Texas at Arlington
2011 – J.C. Chiao, The University of Texas at Arlington
2010 -Yves Chabal, Professor, UT Dallas, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
2009 – Dr. Bruce Li, 21st Century Silicon, Inc.
2008 – Dr. Bill Krenik, Jeff Bellay and the LoCosto Development Team, Texas Instruments

2013 – Baylor Health Care System
2012 – Methodist Richardson Medical Center
2011 – BNSF Railway
2010 - The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
2009 – North Texas Tollway Authority
2008 – American Airlines
2007 – Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport

2013 – Dr. David E. Daniel, The University of Texas at Dallas
2012 – Robert Robb, Office of Tech Commercialization, The University of Texas at Dallas
2011 – TECH Fort Worth
2010 - North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization
2009 – Rep. Dan Branch, Texas House of Representatives
2008 – The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas
2007 – Silicon Valley Bank

2013 – Valerie Freeman, BravoTech
2012 – Michael Doherty, Hewlett Packard
2011 – Wanda Gass, TI Fellow, Texas Instruments
2010 – Gurvendra Suri, CEO, Optimal Solutions Integration Inc.
2009 – Corey Kirkendoll, CISCO Systems
2008 – Shaunna Black, Vice President and Manager of Worldwide Facilities, Texas Instruments & Kevin Lofgren, Founder and CEO, Farstar
2007 – Tegwin Pulley, Texas Instruments, Inc.

2013 – Frontier Capital
2012 – Tech Wildcatters

2013 – Shailin Sehgal, GENBAND
2012 – John P. Volpi, Lone Star Aerospace

2013 – UTDesign, The University of Texas at Dallas
2012 – Net-Centric, IUCRC, University of North Texas
2011 – George A. Jeffrey, NanoExplorers Program, The University of Texas at Dallas, Alan G. MacDiarmid Nanotech Institute
2010 – UNT Summer Robocamp for Girls
2009 – UTeach Dallas, UT Dallas
2008 – Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Richland College, DCCCD
2007 – ATEC Arts & Technology – UT Dallas

2013 – Chad Gilliland, Richardson High School, RISD
2012 – Janine Amy, WT White High School, DISD
2011 – Kim Wolff, Plano Senior High School, Plano ISD
2010 – Alisa Salvans, Richardson High School
2009 – Dr. George J. Hademenos, Richardson High School
2008 – Rebecca McGowan Jensen, Ph.D., School for the Talented and Gifted, Dallas Independent School District
2007 – Barbara Flickinger, J.J. Pearce High School

2013 – Dr. Rolf Haberecht, VLSIP Technologies, Inc.
2012 – Krish Prabhu, CTO, AT&T
2011 – Jon Bayless, Sevin Rosen Funds
2010 – Bill Sproull, President & CEO,Metroplex Technology Business Council