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2009 Apex Award Winners and Nominees

2009 Corporate Winners                                                                          

Titan of Technology – IHS  IHS was founded in 1959 and is a leading global source of critical information and insight for customers in a broad range of industries. IHS has 3,500 professionals in 22 countries, speaks 42 languages, has a market cap of $3.8 billion, and revenues of more than $844 million. Their customers include 35% of the United States Fortune 1000 and 60% of the Global Fortune 500. Since their IPO in 2005 this Titan of Technology has acquired many companies, 20 of which have been in just over 24 months, expanded operations globally, and all the while kept their world wide headquarters in Colorado. Their leadership team, highlighted by John Oechsle, has created a vision of excellence for their company, and also our entire state.

Technology Company of the Year – Global Technology Resources, Inc.  (GTRI) GTRI was founded in 1998 and quickly became one of the most respected high-end solution providers and technology consulting firms in the United States. They are a strategic partner to their commercial, federal, non-profit, and educational clients nationwide, delivering end-to-end solutions that address the industry’s most challenging IT infrastructure requirements. GTRI specializes in IT strategy and planning, unified communications (VoIP),  IPv6, wireless, managed services, enterprise infrastructure, and security. The other finalists were MapQuest, Ready Talk and SofTec Solutions, Inc.

Technology Product of the Year – LogRhythm  LogRhythm was chosen because they provide customers with unprecedented visibility into critical "needle in a haystack” information.  This company changed the market with its holistic approach to log and security event management.  The other finalists were Business Controls, Inc. and Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc.

Technology Services of the Year – Applied Trust Engineering  Applied Trust Engineering has an innovative approach to helping companies improve the ecology of their IT operations. This company has enjoyed year-over-year growth and exceeded its revenue goals since its inception. The other finalists were Illumen and Statera.

CleanTech Innovation – Sun Microsystems  Sun Microsystems estimated a $1 million dollar savings in electricity costs and 11,000 metric tons of CO2 per year with its newest energy efficient project. With its new green data center in Broomfield and other initiatives in Colorado, Sun’s leadership in our state has been enormous, especially in the design of eco responsible products that deliver high-performance, sustainable computing. Not only will this company reduce its carbon footprint by 6% in the US, but it also invests nearly $2 billion annually in research and development.

Rookie of the Year – Yieldex, Inc  Yieldex provides tools that are helping publishers drive more revenue. The management team has a proven track record of success that includes multiple successful start-ups. Additionally, this company has signed well known customers like Martha Stewart Living and Omnimedia.  The other finalists were Pixorial, Inc. and Top School, Inc.

2009 Individual Winners

Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement – Jon Nordmark, Co-Founder,  eBags and Wambo  In the late 90s, Jon created Startup BaseCamp to convene entrepreneurs, VCs and professionals to increase tech entrepreneurism in our state.  He has worked with NetLeaders to attract national entrepreneurs to our state, and has represented Colorado’s tech leaders on hundreds of panels, conferences, as well as late-night or early-morning meetings to share his passion and business acumen.  And last year, he also chaired the most successful DEMOgala ever, attracting more than 100 national speakers, 1100 attendees, and injecting energy into an economy at the precisely right time for innovative optimism.

Technology Executive of the Year – Michael Zeisser, SVP of Liberty Media  Through his leadership at Liberty Media, the e-commerce group of companies has grown substantially and continues to exhibit impressive financial growth.  Liberty Media’s e-commerce group includes well known brands such as ProFlowers, Red Envelope, and BUYSEASONS.  Leveraging web technologies, Michael has formed collaboration networks across Liberty Media companies and launched a number of executive councils to facilitate knowledge transfer and best practice dissemination.

Technology Entrepreneur of the Year – John Tredennick, CEO of Catalyst Repository Systems  John identified a growing problem in his industry and used technology to solve the issue for his firm.  He then created a company where the products are used by many of the largest organizations in the world, including 5 of the world’s 10 largest companies, 4 of the nation’s 10 largest insurers and 60 of the nation’s 100 largest law firms.

Get IT Done – Joylee Kohler, Director Performance Solutions, Avaya  Joylee has been quoted in Forbes Magazine, published in the AT&T Technical Journal and has received numerous company awards. Additionally, she has 20 patents with 15 pending.  The other finalists were Sherisse Hawkins, Time Warner Cable, and Diane Sharrock, CH2M Hill.

Top Tech Teacher – Steven Newell, Director of Science and Technology, Sandburg Elementary  Steven helped to transform his elementary school from a trailing technology user to an early adopter and leader in meaningful technology integration. He spearheaded numerous projects such as: a pervasive wireless network, a digital video and music production lab, robotics clubs for all 5th graders featuring design, construction, and programming following both waterfall SDLC and agile methods; and a Mars Rover role play project for 4th grade classes.  The other finalists were Kevin Byers, Adams County School District, Chris Moore & Nicolette Vander Velde, East Elementary, and Lindsay Craig, Open World Learning

Colorado Technology Association Champions of the Year – UB Ciminieri, Director of Public Relations, Fowler Software Design; Vince Collins, Sr. Account Manager, ProtoTest; Amber Gullett, Owner, 6 Degrees of Technology; Ida Lau, Partner, VeriPoint These four individuals have had great impact on Colorado Technology Association, invested many hours in committees and projects, and inspired other volunteers and the community to get involved with Colorado Technology Association and the technology community.  More than 20 highly active volunteers were nominated for this coveted award. 

Corporate Nominees

3t Systems
5o9 Inc.
Absolute Performance
Allied Motion Technologies
Amadeus Consulting
Applied Trust Engineering
ARC Science Simulations
Ascent Solar Technologies
Booyah Networks
Boulder Innovation Group
Business Controls
Catalyst Repository Systems
Cook Enterprise Corporation
Data Storage Group
Dean Evans & Associates
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Health Hospital
Ethix Solutions
Evolving Systems
Farnsworth Group
High Plains Library District
Innovar Group
Intermap Technologies
Level 3 Communications
Liberty Media Corporation
MX Logic
Namaste Solar
National Renewable Energy
     Laboratory (NREL)

Policy Studies
QSE Technologies
Qwest Communications
Remarkable Mobile
RMC Pharmaceutical Solutions
Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Rolta TUSC, Software Center of Excellence
Secure Source
SofTec Solutions
Sun Microsystems
Tensegrity Prosthetics
Top School
tw telecom
Unity Business Networks
Virtela Communications

Individual Nominees

Graham Bennett, Gesix Software
Ellis Blevins, Robert Half Technology
Lisa Breytspraak, Thought Ensemble
Kevin Byers, Adams County School District
U.B. Ciminieri, Fowler Software Design
Gerry Coady, Frontier Airlines
Vince Collins, ProtoTest
Neil Cox, Qwest Communications International
Lindsay Craig, OpenWorld Learning
Mike Deatly, Jones Lang La Salle
Roy Dimoff, ViaWest
Patty Fitzgerald, Robert Half Technology
Steven Foster, Business Controls
Anthony Franco, EffectiveUI
Jim Godsey, GroupSystems
Laura Gordon, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Alyssa Guidry, QSE Technologies
Amber Gullett, 6 Degrees Technology
Dave Haucke, ISYS Search Software
Sherisse Hawkins, Time Warner Cable
Lee Johnston, Sprint
Lori Joy, 32 Solutions
Sarah Kiefhaber, Avaya
Joylee Kohler, Avaya
Sandeep Kulkarni, Qwest Communications International
Ida Lau, VeriPoint
Danny Lorenzo, NetSuite
Sal Mahbouba, Avaya
Ed McVaney, (Original Co-Founder) J.D. Edwards
Chris Moore, East Elementary
Berry Muhich, KForce
King Nelson, King Nelson and Associates
Steven Newell, Sandburg Elementary School
Dennis Oddy, Technology Professional
John Oechsle, IHS
Dan Ogdon, Swiftpage
Carrie Olejnik, COMtuity
Ham Pasupuleti, PluralSoft
Bob Paulsen, Unity Business Networks
Nancy Phillips, ViaWest
Greg Reinacker, NewsGator
Juan Rodriquez, Governor's Innovation Council
Kristin Russell, Sun Microsystems
Lance Schiola, Apex Systems
Gina Schreck, Synapse 3Di
Diane Sharrock, CH2M HILL
Joe Thurman, Innovar Group
John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems
George Tyler, DataPreserve
Nicolette Vander Velde, East Elementary
Brian Vogt, Denver Botanic Gardens
Jackie Walden, Rally Software
Bryan Walsh, Latisys
Kalyee Wempe, Apex Systems
Leroy Williams, Ball Corporation
Brad Wiskirchen, ClickBank
Michael Zeisser, Liberty Media Corporation

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