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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2016 Finalists

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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces TechAwards 2016 Finalists

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Annapolis, MD – The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) today announced the finalists for the upcoming event, Operation TECHcellence, Codename: TechAwards 2016, honoring the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top companies. The CRTC received more than 75 submissions for the award categories from a variety of accomplished technology businesses and individuals throughout the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region. A 23-member selection committee examined the nominations and voted on the top contenders. Winners will be announced at the 11th annual TechAwards on April 28, 2016, at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel.


Jackie Dee, digital marketing director of ByteGrid and TechAwards chair, expressed her enthusiasm about this year’s event, “As a longtime CRTC events committee chair, I’m thrilled to be the lead chair of TechAwards 2016, an event that has a great tradition of honoring the rich and diverse tech companies throughout the Chesapeake region.”


The selection committee has also elected to honor excellence in two special recognition categories:


Governor’s Award is awarded to a Maryland tech company that has given the most to Maryland through growth, job creation, promotion of a sense of community, and community service.


The finalists are Anne Arundel Medical Center, Red Owl, and Tenable Network Security.


Women in Tech (WIT) Award honors an individual who best exemplifies the outstanding contributions made by women in advancing technology in industry, business and society.


The finalists are Vicky Harrison, president and co-founder of Optimium Health Inc.; Jacky Kimmell, CEO and owner of InfoTeK Corp; and Marcelle Lee, founding partner at Fractal Security Group, analyst at the Federal Government, and adjunct professor at AACC.


In addition to the finalist above, the 2016 TechAwards categories and nominated finalists include:


CRTC Tech Company of the Year is awarded to a regional tech company that has proven its dedication, vision and ability to make things happen by working with a sustained, strategic business plan that has enabled it to steadily grow into a player in the area's tech industry. *Only CRTC members can be nominated for this award.


The finalists are Mavenspire, VersaTech, Inc., and Winvale.


Socially Responsible Company of the Year is awarded to a regional tech company that puts the spirit of community into the daily operations of the company through its social, economic and environmental activities. This company goes above and beyond to better the community throughout the region by donating its time, resources and education. Community service for this company is not just an annual event, it is a way of life.


The finalists are Cyberpoint, Force 3, and Skyline Technology Solutions.


Cyber Innovator Award is given to a tech company that best exemplifies the entrepreneurship and innovative style it takes to keep the tech industry cutting-edge and forward moving in the Cyber World.


The finalists are Point3 Security Inc., Secure Mentem, and South River Technologies.


Best Place to Work Award recognizes a technology company that fosters a spirit of innovation and creativity in its employees, provides benefits that encourage employee work/life balance and works to inspire greatness in its employees.


The finalists are 2U, ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC, and Red Alpha.


Rising Star Award recognizes a fast growing, high achiever in the regional technology community. Rising Star companies are likely on their way to Tech Company of the Year. They have hot technology, they are innovative and fast growing and typically sport an awesome team.


The finalists are CallTrackingMetrics, Protenus, and Yet Analytics.


Future Innovator Award promotes excellence in technology advancement by a regional high school student. The award fosters new thinking in the understanding of technology and its place in the future careers of students. Students compete for this accolade as individuals and can self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or mentor. This award is open to students in grades 9-12. The CRTC is proud to provide the winner with the Steven W. Oxman STEM Scholarship Award of $1000.


The finalists are Fox Bernard, senior at St. Mary’s High School; Allen Feldmann, senior at Chesapeake High School; and Jackson Lim, junior at North County High School.


Event Details

The TechAwards 2016 committee is working hard to ensure this event offers a plethora of business development opportunities. The format will provide networking at the beginning and end of the evening with a dinner program celebrating the region’s tech achievement in between. Attendees will enjoy flexible seating, generous food and drink and plenty of time to connect with the region’s best during this lively, fast-paced event.


TechAwards will be held April 28, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel. The theme for the 11th annual program is Operation TECHcellence, Codename: TechAwards 2016.



Early-bird tickets are on sale now until March 25. Tickets are $110 for CRTC members and $170 for non-members. After March 25, tickets will go up to $135 for members and $195 for non-members. Tables of 10 are available for $1000. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain available starting at just $550. REGISTER HERE.


Selection Committee

The 2016 TechAwards selection committee includes: Chuck Ames, Maryland Department of IT; Mike Binko, Startup Maryland; Mary Burkholder, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation; Karen Cook, Anne Arundel Community College; Murray Dalziel, University of Baltimore; Peter De Angelo, Business Renewal Partnerships; Traci Denhardt, NFP ProBen, Inc.; Trish Farrell, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate; Jim Gibbons, G&M Investment Group; Brian Green, KEYW Corporation; Swadesh Guchhait, Alliance InfoSystems; Andy Jones, TEDCO; Dana Liedholm, Comtech Telecommunications Corporation; Ken McCreedy, Maryland Department of Commerce; Owen Meeks, Vision Technologies; Jen Meyer, Betamore; Joe Paska, JV Paska Enterprises; Steve Pennington, Maryland Department of Commerce; John Roberts, M&T Bank; Ryan Sears, LAUNCH! Annapolis; LaToya Stanten, Maryland Department of Commerce; Greg Stone, Whiteford Taylor Preston; and Michael Tentnowski, Chesapeake Innovation Center.


About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) is a member-driven organization that supports technology entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and successful business growth by connecting, educating and advocating for our members in and around the Chesapeake region. The CRTC strives to be a premier resource for growing technology-based businesses in the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore region. More than 300 prospering businesses benefit from their membership with the CRTC and we invite you to participate. For more information, please visit




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