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2015 Tech Titans Award Winners

The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 by Tech Titans, 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 Gala 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.

The winners for this year's Tech Titans Awards Gala, sponsored by AT&T, have been honored. Thank you for what you've accomplished for the North Texas tech community.

Hall of Fame          David E. Daniel from the University of Texas System
DBJ Article: http://ow.ly/SfT5g

Honors a visionary from the Metroplex for outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing and accelerating the performance of the technology industry and/or adoption of technology in North Texas.

During his tenure at UTD, the university saw unprecedented growth in acadamic curriculum, the building of campus facilities and raising resources toward earning top-tier university research status. The university doubled its research expenditures to $100 million annually, adding 17 new degree programs, raised 360 million dollars in private funds, and won two national collegiate championships in chess. These accomplishments and his vision for UTD increased the student population from 14,000 to 24,000 students.

betty_copyCorporate Company CEO      Beatriz Manetta, Argent Associates
Article: http://bit.ly/1Klp8Vw

Recognizes CEO leadership within the technology and communications industry

Argent has facilities in eight states and two foreign countries with 105 employees and annual revenue of $230 million. Argent holds position 1025 in the Inc. 5000 list. It also ranked #1 in SMU Cox's top 100 fastest growing privately held companies in Dallas in 2014.


Emerging Company CEO
      Anuj Jain, Orchestra Technologies
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1USVuSM

Recognizes CEO leadership for an emerging company within the technology and communications industry.
Orchestra Technology combined a compelling product portfolio with scalable operations to build a leading telecom company. Anuj’s innovation and vision have built a platform and suite of products that increased operating efficiency, improved quality of service and improved customer experience to meet people’s insatiable desire for improved connectivity.

Mamie_copyCorporate CTO      Mamie Jones, Intuit
DBJ Article: http://ow.ly/SfSqI

Recognizes technical leadership, team building, creation and maintenance of a creative environment, and market awareness skills. 

Under her leadership, the team has built a robust ecosystem of tax and small business products for consumers, small businesses and accountants. These new products are being built using the latest technologies that are secure, seamless and deliver near-perfect experiences for the customer.


Pam_copyCIO Award    Pam Parisian, AT&T
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1NuXieU

Recognizes the Chief Information Officer for exceptional technical leadership that fosters the deployment of IT resulting in significant value for the company.

Pam was one of the first to shift the company’s focus from what technology ENABLES to the value technology PROVIDES in transforming the automation of business processes. She has harnessed the power of technology through a series of innovative solutions that redefine the way customers interact with AT&T and the speed in which products and services are delivered.

Qurvo_copy1Corporate Innovation           Qorvo, Inc.
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1FLbnhX

Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through recent or potential breakthrough technology or approach within the technology and communications industry.

Qorvo is building the network of the future with its mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications enabling people to connect around the globe. Qorvo uses innovative technology and products to greatly improve power efficiency in today's data networks and battery-powered mobile devices.

ziosk_copy_copyEmerging Company Innovation       Ziosk
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1F12whx

Recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes or services within the technology and communications industry.

Ziosk® is the first entertainment, ordering and pay-at-the-table tablet for the restaurant market. The technology has given casual dining an edge by providing a streamlined experience of ordering meals while providing restaurant owners with a way to gain access to powerful consumer data that can be used to help influence operations, marketing and menu decisions.


Technology Inventor 
       Ray Baughman, UT Dallas-NanoTech Institute
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1Jaz3fT
UTD Article: http://bit.ly/1Kp4Mec

Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.

Ray co-invented the technology for making transparent, electrically conducting carbon nano tube sheets that have practical applications in the aerospace, electronic, and robotic industries.

Tad_copyTechnology Advocate     Tad McIntosh, HumCap
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1KQE1Wt

Recognizes a technology advocate/champion for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and/or the technology community.

From working with local incubators to mentoring business start ups, Humcap has combined this outreach in organizations with client recruiting and human resource services to become a recognized leader in helping build a thriving tech industry in North Texas.

TWV_copyInvestment Catalyst       Texas Women Ventures
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1W0Rqgs

Recognizes a significant investment transaction occurring since January 2011 that impacts and delivers significant long-term economic prosperity and sustainable economic results for the Metroplex and improves the technology innovation investment climate of the region.

Texas Women Ventures was created by a group of women business owners and investors to narrow the gap in capital funding for women-owned businesses. During 2014 TWV invested 8 million dollars in emerging North Texas companies. All told, TWV has raised three funds and created a community of women investors that did not previously exist while offering a new source of capital to both new and existing technology companies.

Artizone_copyTechnology Adopter       Alex Zeltcer, Artizone
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1FLbJVZ

Recognizes a company whose core business is not technology products/services for outstanding adoption and application of innovative technologies to successfully change and impact its business results.

Artizone Dallas is an online farmer’s market and delivery service for customers seeking local products for their dinner table. Using a homegrown application suite, local farms, food shops and artisans manage inventory and sell their products on an online channel.
In turn, clients can order and have fresh food delivered directly to their doorstep 24/7 in less than 48 hours.

Gil_copyCommunity Hero        Gil Lee, Intellichoice Inc./UT Dallas
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1itquaZ
UTD Article: http://bit.ly/1Kp4Mec 

Recognizes an individual within the technology industry for their outstanding achievements in community involvement.

Intellichoice teaches math skills in libraries and neighborhood centers to underprivileged kindergarten through 12th grade students across North Texas. More than 217 IntelliChoice volunteers have opened up the fascinating world of mathematics to over 300 students.


UniversityLevelTech Titan of the Future, University
  Yan Wan & Shengli Fu, University of North Texas
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1FLbTwu

Recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This

award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions' tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.

The team created a drone-carried Wi-Fi communication network that supports emergency response missions. This on-demand infrastructure can quickly recover communications in the disaster area where traditional forms of communication often fail.

HighSchool_copyTech Titan of the Future, High School       Michael Yakubovsky, Coppell High School
DBJ Article: http://bit.ly/1KoDGrQ

Recognizes a high school math or science teacher for the development and implementation of an innovative teaching technique or program that inspires student interest in math and/or science.

In Michael's pre-college engineering program, Students work on design based projects with after school teams, guest speakers, college admissions presentations and a senior capstone project. 100 percent of his high school graduates have gone on to post-secondary educational programs with 90% entering a STEM field.

4web_copy_copyPart of the Tech Titans Awards Gala 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 Tech Titans, and independent research using publicly available information conducted by TravisWolff LLP and Comerica Bank.

Fast Tech award winners for 2015 are determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2014. This year’s Fast Tech list is comprised of 25 North Texas technology companies, with 4WEB Medical winning the coveted prize of fastest-growing company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 2190% during the last 3 years.
Besides the MTBC and title sponsor AT&T, other supporters of the Tech Titans Awards event include Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu Network Communications, Huawei, VLSIP Technologies, HumCap, Deloitte, Pearson Partners, Consolidated Communications, Cisco, Amdocs, ZTE, CyrusOne, TopGolf, Freeman, Masergy and the Dallas Business Journal. Travis Wolff and Comerica Bank Life Science are sponsors for Fast Tech.



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

2014 - Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir 
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

2014 - Texas Instruments 
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

2014 - Triune Systems 
2013 - Optisense Network, LLC
2012 - 4G Biometrics, LLC
2011- Encore Vision, Inc.
2010 - MicroTransponder, Inc.
2009 - Sipera Systems
2008 - RipCode, Inc. 
2007 - Oryon Technologies

2014 - Ampcare, LLC
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

2014 - BenefitMall 
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

2014 - Rep. Angie Chen Button, Texas House of Representatives 
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

2014 - Gayle Anderson, Digiworks  
2013 - Valerie Freeman, BravoTech
2012 - Michael DohertyHewlett 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.

2014 - Health Wildcatters 
2013 - Frontier Capital 
2012 - Tech Wildcatters

2014 - Monica Martino, Accudata Technologies 
2013 - Shailin Sehgal, GENBAND
2012 - John P. Volpi, Lone Star Aerospace

2014 - Engineering and Technology Departments, Collin College 
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 

2014 - Daniel Brown, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas ISD  
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 

2014 - Jim Donald, DSC, retired
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

2015 – 4WEB Medical
2014 – Azpen Innovation, Inc.
2013 – Prism Microwave, Inc.
2012 – OneSource Virtual
2011 – Mavenir Systems
2010 – OraMetrix, Inc.
2009 – One Technologies LP
2008 – SoftLayer Technologies