2015 Tech Awards Winners Announced at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet

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The Carlyle Group’s David M. Rubenstein and CIT’s Peter Jobse also Honored

Appian award winner

A representative from Appian, Technology Company of the Year (Over $50 Million in Revenue) winner, accepts the award during the 2015 Tech Awards held at TechCelebration: NVTC's Annual Banquet.

Last night, the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at TechCelebration, the annual banquet of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation. The event featured the presentation of the inaugural 2015 NVTC Tech Awards, honoring groundbreaking companies/firms, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community.

Congratulations to the following winners: Silicon Valley Bank, NVTC Associate Member of the Year; Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services, Tech Executive of the Year; Virtustream, Innovative Use of Technology; Optoro, Tech Company of the Year (Under $50 Million in Revenue); and Appian, Tech Company of the Year (Over $50 Million in Revenue).

Finalists and winners for the 2015 NVTC Tech Awards:

NVTC Associate Member of the Year

  •     Blackstone Counsel
  •     Sage Communications
  •     Silicon Valley Bank (Winner)

Tech Executive of the Year

  •     Marilyn Crouther, HP Enterprise Services (Winner)
  •     Lisa Hook, Neustar
  •     Neil Siegel, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  •     Barry Barlow, Vencore
  •     Rodney Rogers, Virtustream

Innovative Use of Technology

  •     Fairfax County Public Schools
  •     PFP Cybersecurity
  •     Social SafeGuard
  •     Virtustream (Winner)
  •     XO Communications

Tech Company of the Year Under $50 Million in Revenue

  •     Avizia
  •     BlackMesh
  •     Endgame
  •     Optoro (Winner)
  •     ThreatConnect

Tech Company of the Year Over $50 Million in Revenue

  •     Appian (Winner)
  •     Opower
  •     ScienceLogic
  •     Virtustream

In addition to the Tech Awards, the event also featured David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, made remarks in accepting the Pinnacle Award for his extraordinary generosity and commitment to improve the quality of life of the community, region, state and nation. Rubenstein, a financier and philanthropist, co-founded The Carlyle Group and helped it grow into one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Rubenstein also is among the group of billionaires who have pledged to donate more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes or charities as part of The Giving Pledge and has provided funds to many of the region’s beloved institutions and universities.

Rubenstein has a vision – a deep belief in the importance of preserving the history of the country and in the importance of providing educational opportunities to a diverse population of young people. Rubenstein spoke about these projects at the event, encouraging technology executives to give back to the community and stay interested in the arts, history and humanities as important to informing the purposes of technology.

NVTC also presented the Chairman’s Award to Pete Jobse, president and CEO of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Jobse transformed CIT into a technology consulting and venture investing organization dedicated to accelerating research commercialization, innovation, startup company formation and technology assimilation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MACH37, the nation's first cybersecurity accelerator, was created under Jobse’s leadership and has a portfolio that is reaching $1 billion. During his address, Jobse thanked NVTC for its partnership with CIT, and noted that Northern Virginia has a great future for developing companies in the intellectual property space. Jobse will be stepping down from his role at year’s end.

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community; the Equal Footing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, which mentors new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.

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