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14th annual APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders

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APEX Awards recognize 10 outstanding technology leaders

Colorado Technology Association highlights technology industry accomplishments


Denver, CO (November 6, 2014) – The Colorado Technology Association’s 14th annual APEX Awards, presented by Comcast, took place at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center on November 5, 2014. This annual event recognizes the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the success of the state’s technology sector.

Colorado is known as a technology hub between the coasts, and has a growing number of companies, leaders, teachers, advocates and teams that have made this state an industry leader. The APEX Awards recognize individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to furthering the industry throughout the past year. Ten prestigious awards were presented to companies and individuals that have made a positive impact in Colorado’s continually growing technology industry.  The 2014 winners are as follows:

Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award – J.B. Holston
Sponsored by the Colorado Technology Association
J.B. Holston, Executive Director of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, was recognized as the Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award winner.  This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding achievements and commitments to furthering innovative technology in Colorado communities.  J.B. Holston is highly active within Colorado’s entrepreneurial enterprises, leading a wide range of technology and media initiatives over the past 25 years.  J.B. Holston continues to contribute to the initiatives of the Colorado Technology Association, and his philanthropic contributions have greatly impacted Colorado’s people, companies and the broader technology industry.      

Tech Company of the Year: LogRhythm
Sponsored by Holland & Hart
The Tech Company of the Year award is presented to a Colorado-based company demonstrating performance exceeding its peers in its market segment. LogRhythm is a strong leader in the Colorado tech community, shows corporate responsibility and demonstrates technical innovation capable of sustaining competitive differentiation in the market. LogRhythm is based in Boulder and is in a significant growth phase. Its patented security intelligence platform serves an important purpose in a very complex business climate where speed and accuracy are of utmost importance. Additional finalists were HomeAdvisor and Zayo Group.

Chief Information Officer of the Year: Dave Anderson, CIO at CH2M Hill
Sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
This award is presented to an outstanding chief information officer who has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that improve the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.  Dave Anderson recently led CH2M Hill in completing a multi-year global ERP implementation across 32 countries.  As an independent thinker with high standards, Anderson continues to demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity with professional and personal integrity. Finalists for this award were Marina Johnson, CIO at HSS and Rob Norris, CIO at Pinnacol Assurance.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Jeremy Ostermiller, Founder and CEO of Altitude Digital
Sponsored by DigitalGlobe
This award is presented to a founder/CEO who organizes, manages and assumes business risks early within a company’s life cycle.  Jeremy Ostermiller distinguished himself as an engaged member of his community.  He took many risks early in his business venture and they have paid off.  Altitude Digital is one of the fastest growing businesses in its industry.  Additional finalists were Brian Pontarelli of Inversoft, Inc. and Walter Knapp of sovrn Holdings, Inc. 

Advocates of the Year: Representative Dan Pabon and Paul Washington, Executive Director of Denver’s Office of Economic Development
Sponsored by FORTRUST
The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual whose efforts are making a real and measurable impact on the advancement of Colorado’s technology industry.  With high standards and exceptional integrity, Representative Pabon has gone above and beyond to influence technology-friendly policies. He has partnered with CTA on a number of issues such as introducing legislation to incentivize infrastructure investment for data center providers, exploring solutions to deepen technology education and leading issues important to technology innovation.   

As the leader of Denver’s Office of Economic Development, Paul Washington has been instrumental in working to attract, retain and expand technology businesses in Denver. He is recognized as a partner and friend to the technology industry and goes out of his way to listen and navigate industry concerns, as was evidenced by the recent process to update the tax guide to accelerate Denver's software industry growth.

Startup Company of the Year:  GeoPoll
Sponsored by EKS&H
This award is presented to the most promising technology company in operation for two years or less.  GeoPoll has demonstrated initiative in creating, promoting and advancing their offering as a Colorado-based tech company capable of competitive differentiation and future growth. Finalists for Startup of the Year also included and Lagrange Systems.

Project of the Year: Secretary of State’s Office for Go Code Colorado
Sponsored by Comcast Business
This award is presented to an innovative IT department responsible for project implementation with measurable success.  Finalists were chosen based on their ability to solve business problems, strategic objectives, impact on the company or industry, risk-reward benefits and internal collaboration. The Colorado Secretary of the State’s Office was recognized as the winner for Go Code Colorado. The program aims to make public data more accessible and user-friendly to developers and entrepreneurs. Go Code Colorado helped solve business problems and grow the state’s economy through a competition. Project of the Year finalists were On3 Software for The Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation’s Courage Classic and ViaSat for "Exede in Air.”

Technology Teacher of the Year: Richard Guenther from Skyline High School
Sponsored by Chase
The Technology Teacher of the Year Award is presented to an educator who has had a measurable impact on students and their understanding, passion for and use of technology.  Richard Guenther is a computer science teacher at Skyline High School, a STEM and VPA Academy.  Skyline’s STEM courses develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through the use of advanced technology and equipment and collaborations with local businesses within the industry.  Guenther’s students are encouraged to use innovative technology to design and implement projects outside the classroom.  Guenther’s methods have been replicated in high school computer science programs across the country. Additional Teacher of the Year finalists included Robert Hettmansperger from Peak to Peak Charter School and Jason Oliver from Centaurus High School.                

Woman in Tech of the Year: Kellyn Pot’vin-Gorman, Consulting Member of Oracle’s Technical Staff
Sponsored by CommVault
This award is presented to a woman whose efforts are making a real and measurable impact on the advancement of Colorado’s technology industry.  Kelly Pot’vin-Gorman maintains high standards and determination for success, acting as a role model and mentor to women in Colorado’s tech industry.  Pot’vin-Gorman promotes an active female contingent in the technology sector, and aims to raise awareness about the challenges that women in technology face. Finalists included Sherri Hammons, Chief Technology Officer at IQNavigator and Denise Hulce, Vice President of Revenue at Sendgrid.

"Colorado has become a hub for technology and the APEX Awards are the annual opportunity to showcase the many accomplishments of individuals and organizations that contribute to the success of our industry,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association. "We are so proud to be a part of this dynamic industry and recognize all of the amazing companies, professionals and projects happening throughout our state.”

About Colorado Technology Association: The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit



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