And the 2013 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 Roanoke-Blacksburg region. The nominees are:

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Montgomery County, VA

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. The nominees are:

Anne Giles Clelland, Cognichoice
Cameron Johnson, Magic City Ford
Doug Garnett-Deakin, JPI
Hussein Ahmed, Kustomnote
Jonathan Hagmaier, Interactive Achievement
Joseph Turner, MiserWare, Inc.
Kevin Bloomfield, NetVentures
Nathan Latka, Heyo
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Regional Leadership

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. The nominees are:

Bob Summers, 460Angels, KinectHealth, TechPad
Doug Juanarena, Rackspace
Eddie Amos, Meridium
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks
John Williamson, RGC Resources
Ken Ferris, Brookewood Management Advisors
Michael Drzal, LeClairRyan
Russ Ellis, Xcellos
Sam Toriel & Brian Hazzard, Startup Weekend Blacksburg
Vinod Chachra, VTLS, Inc.
William H. Fralin Jr., Medical Facilities of America

Sponsored by:
Roanoke County

Innovation Award

This award recognizes an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective field. 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. The nominees are:

Dan Sable, VPT, Inc.
Erik Gatenholm, BC Genesis, LLC
Jules White, PAR Works
William "Jamie" Tyler, Ph. D., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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Educator Award

This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the Roanoke - Blacksburg region that promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders. The nominees are:

Andrea Langston, Prices Fork Elementary School
Cindy Bohland, Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology
Eric Salo, Governor's STEM Academy at Burton Center for Arts & Technology
Josef Pociask, Eastern Montgomery High School
Lori Whitlow, Montgomery County Public Schools
Michael Collver, Montgomery County Public Schools
Stephen Biscotte, Cave Spring High School
Phillip Martin, Patrick Henry High School
Joshua Wilkinson, Patrick Henry High School
Catey Moretz, Oak Grove Elementary
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People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award allows the TechNite audience, the opportunity to learn more about a few up and coming companies in the Roanoke - Blacksburg region and vote for their favorite.  The highest vote getter receives the People’s Choice Award.

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