ANNAPOLIS, MD (PRWEB) November 15, 2006
The Anne Arundel Tech Council honored seven area companies and technology leaders at its 2nd Annual TechAwards program, celebrating the intersection of technology and life. Nearly 250 technology executives and leaders filled the Loews Annapolis Hotel as the AATC unveiled the winners.
Created by the AATC, a non-profit organization providing resources and education to regional technology companies, the awards recognized innovation and leadership in county technology firms.
Award winners were chosen by a 12-member selection committee after a rigorous two-month nomination and selection process. Top nominees in five categories vied for the top honor last night. Two other awards were appointed.
Awards and winners were:
The Legend's Circle award is the highest honor a technology company or executive in Anne Arundel County can receive. These winners are the stalwarts of the local community. Inducted into the Legend's Circle this year were:
- Lockheed Martin's Integrated Systems & Solutions division in Anne Arundel County was named the Legend's Circle Company honoree for its long-standing presence, success and contribution to the local community over the past 20 years. While the entire Lockheed corporation is a multi-billion, multi-national company, the IS&S division in the county has retained a very local dedication to enriching the county's tech community. They inject millions of dollars into the local technology base by partnering with smaller tech companies on contracts. Lockheed is one of the largest employers in the county and regularly supports community non-profits and the educational system. Lockheed Martin joins Annapolis-based ARINC, last year's winner, in the Legend's Circle. Lockheed Martin's Website
- William A. Badger Jr. former president and CEO of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp., was named the Legend's Circle Individual honoree for his leadership through the county's technology industry expansion. Under his watch, the county attracted big-name companies, reached the No. 1 spot for greatest job growth in the state in 2001 and 2004, launched the Chesapeake Innovation Center and experienced a boon in mixed-use and high-end office space development that today house some of the fastest growing tech companies in the state. Badger is a recognized force and influence on the county's tech community, and for that he lands the Legend's Circle honor.
Other award categories and winners were:
- Innovator Award: Under Defense Holdings Inc.'s (DHi) stead, photoluminescent materials - best known for their glow-in-the-dark novelty uses - have moved from novelty to a life-saving tool. The company is currently installing photoluminescent exit markings in federal buildings across the country - and that's just one example of the technology that will come out of DHi in coming years. DHi is a perfect example of how innovative companies can use the state and federal technology transfer programs to push new technology forward faster. Defense Holdings Inc.
- Tech Company of the Year: PharmAthene Inc., housed in the Chesapeake Innovation Center, landed a $213 million Department of Defense contract earlier this year, just the latest in a string of advancements for the bio pharmaceutical company. PharmAthene has two products under development that are on the fast track for broad application in providing protection from anthrax and chemical threats. The company won the AATC's Innovator Award last year for its development of its anti-anthrax and nerve gas agents and has only continued its rise to the top this year with its millions in contracts award and continued technological advancements. PharmAthene
- Good Apple Individual: The Good Apple award is given to an individual who has dedicated significant time and resources to enriching the local tech community through the educational system and beyond. Steve Oxman has been creating and shaping the tech community here in the county since the early 90s. He founded the Anne Arundel Tech Council in 1992 and since then has gone on to work one-on-one with dozens of potential technologists by volunteering in area schools providing mentoring, leadership and even installing and providing hardware and networking assistance.
- Good Apple Company: The Good Apple Company award recognizes a company that has spent considerable time and effort building the county's future tech workforce by supporting area schools and students. Comcast has been a long-time supporter of the local educational community. From scholarships to providing free cable and internet access at all county schools, the company truly understands that today's students essentially feed tomorrow's technology workforce. They've donated thousands of hours and thousands of dollars and for this effort is this year's Good Apple Company award winner. Comcast Chesapeake Bay Group
- AAEDC Gold Coast Award: When County Executive Janet Owens first coined the phrase "The Gold Coast" to describe Anne Arundel County's northwest portions and its coming growth spurt, the area was already rich with opportunity. But she also saw the coming boom, one that is just now kicking off. For her vision and belief and work in naming, supporting and enriching that area, Ms. Owens is this year's winner, joining last year's Gold Coast Award winner Rand Griffin of Corporate Office Properties Trust. Anne Arundel County information
About the Anne Arundel Tech Council
Founded in 1992, the Anne Arundel Tech Council is dedicated to supporting the county's growing technology industry with events, symposiums, educational seminars and quarterly Capstone events all designed to foster an exchange of ideas from the county's vibrant tech industry. The Tech Council is supported by a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, which allows members access to the EDC's resources and business leaders. More than 200 businesses from the Annapolis/Baltimore/Washington D.C. area are members of the council, including many of the area's well-known leading technology companies. Anne Arundel Tech Council website.