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CSIA Announces the Judges for the 2011 Apex Awards

Thursday, May 5, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Local Technology Leaders and Innovators to Select 2011 Recipients

DENVER – May 5, 2011, - CSIA, Colorado’s Technology Association, today announced the independent judges for the 11th annual Apex Awards.  Winners and finalists will be announced live on July 12, 2011, at The Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver.

The company awards judging panel includes: Matthew Cavarra, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart; David Cohen, Founder & CEO, TechStars; Alison Dunnebecke, Tax Partner, Hein & Associates; Michael Gellman, Founder & CEO, SpireMedia; Mary Cay Kosten, VP Global Customer Support, EMC; Robert Reich, Founder, OpenRiot & Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup; and Bill Soards, President - Colorado, AT&T.  This panel will determine winners and finalists in the following categories: Technology Company of the Year, Technology Product of the Year, Technology Services of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.  Judging criteria include current business activity, vision and innovation, corporate responsibility and more.  This panel will also determine the IT Project of the Year award, based upon demonstrated strategic alignment, goals and success, teamwork and collaboration, and lessons learned. 

The individual awards judging panel will include: Christian Dwyer, SVP & General Manager, MapQuest; Carl Fitch, CEO, Statera; Stacey Fornstrom, Denver Public Schools and 2010 Top Tech Teacher award recipient; Linda Gonzalez, Executive Director IT Development, Starz Entertainment; Seth Levine, Managing Director, Foundry Group; Diane Sharrock, IT Director, CH2M HILL, Inc; and Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Denver.  This panel will determine winners and finalists in the following categories: Technology Executive of the Year, Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and Top Tech Teacher.  The Technology Executive and the Technology Entrepreneur awards acknowledge excellence in perseverance, independence and risk, leadership, background, achievements and integrity.  The Top Tech Teacher award recognizes innovation in the classroom, inspiration and influence. 

"These judges represent some of the top local minds in technology and we are honored to benefit from their experience in such a significant way,” said Su Hawk, President, CSIA.  "The objective of our Apex Awards is to honor the people and companies who are so successful, and to give recognition for their hard work.  These judges will truly provide each nominee with thoughtful consideration,” she added. 

About CSIA:
CSIA is the technology industry leader in uniting and growing Colorado’s information technology industry by providing advocacy, education, business connections, and information, while supporting economic development, unification of technology stakeholders, and larger recognition of the industry and the people involved to develop and promote Colorado’s technology industry.  CSIA also works nationally to ensure Colorado’s technology voice is heard, through TECNA, a coalition of technology associations across the United States and Canada, as well as with TechAmerica, the national lobbying organization for federal issues.  Since 1994, CSIA has been involved in legislative issues and public policy to represent the information technology industry in Colorado, and has provided a number of annual programs, events and connections to support business success.  For more information on CSIA please call (303) 592-4070 or visit

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