VT KnowledgeWorks Represented in TechNite Award Nominations

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership community includes corporate, organizational and student leaders from start-ups, companies, non-profits, universities, and sponsors.  Among the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership community members, VT KnowledgeWorks member companies and Presidents' Council members were well-represented among this year's NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) nominees for the 2011 TechNite Awards.  Members are noted in bold and yellow below.  Winners will be announced at the TechNite Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.


From the NCTC:

The NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 TechNite Awards. Winners in five categories – Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, and Educator – will be recognized at the 12th annual TechNite Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
Each year, the NCTC membership honors technology and industry leaders from the NewVa region through the TechNite awards banquet. Members of the community nominate the individuals and companies they feel have achieved noteworthy milestones or have made significant contributions through leadership and innovation.
The 2011 TechNite Nominees are:
Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a local technology company whose "star is rising." It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the NewVa Region. The nominees are:

88 Owls

Aaron Bitler

Nomad Mobile Guides
She Chooses
Smart College Visit

Entrepreneur Award

Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award
recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Henry Bass, Automation Creations
Dr. John Davis
Margaret Ellis, DevelopEase
Michael Fleming, TORC Technologies
Nathan Latka, Lujure
Peter Lazar, eBroselow
David Poteet, NewCity / Nomad Mobile Guides

NewVa Leadership Award

This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the community in which we live.

Frank Dees, Experi-Ed Learning Concepts
Sam English, CIE Partners
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
Ryan Hagan, currently with Rackspace, to be joining Qualtrax, a subsidiary of CCS-Inc.
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement
ITT Night Vision & Imaging
Doug Juanarena, Rackspace
Rick Pevarski, Virginia Utility Protection Service
Minnis Ridenour, Virginia Tech
Bob Summers, 460Angels

Innovation Award

This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, a company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both. (Alphabetized by company name.)

Adaptive Technologies
Kollmorgen Corporation
PixelOptics, Ronald Blum
Revivicor, David Ayares

Educator Award

This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the NewVa Region that promotes math, science and/or the use of
technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders. (Alphabetized by educator's last name.)

Sara Coleman, Indian Valley Elementary School
Jessica Cromer, Check Elementary School
Michael French, Burton Center for Arts and Technology
Mike Kaylor, Montgomery County Public Schools
Donna Ralph, Narrows Elementary Middle School
Michael Walton, Willis Elementary School

Here is the complete list of nominees and sponsors for the NCTC's 2011 Nominees for TechNite Awards.

TechNite is an annual celebration of the NewVa Region’s technology community, providing an opportunity to network with more than 300 leaders in business and innovation. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Ted Melnik, President, Melnik Consulting. Ted is the former President of Novozymes Biologicals and also a former President of the NCTC.

TechNite event information
Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
For more information, please visit www.TheTechnologyCouncil.com or call 540-443-9232.


This year's VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge will be held August 21-27, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, in conjunction with the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, a program of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership. Handshake Media, Incorporated, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company, developed the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Directory mobile app which connects the members of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership to each other.

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