Two Carousel Industries Leaders Receive Tech10 Award for Technology Excellence

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Tech Collective honors Jason Viera and Carrie Majewski for technology innovation

Carousel Industries, a leader in communication and network technologies, professional and managed services, and cloud solutions, today announced that two of its leaders are recipients of the Tech10 Award for Technology Excellence. Network Solutions Director at Carousel, Jason Viera, and Director of Marketing at Atrion, a Carousel company, were the latest to receive the honor of a Tech10 award from Tech Collective in the CIO/CTO and Women in Tech categories, respectively. Carousel finalized the acquisition of Atrion last month, creating a powerhouse IT services business.

“I am so proud to see the achievements by Jason and Carrie be recognized by the larger technology community,” said Jeff Gardner, CEO, Carousel Industries. "The award is a testament to their raw talent and their ability to lead, inspire, and deliver positive business outcomes. I look forward to seeing them flourish even more during a new era for Carousel.”

Jason Viera has been fascinated with technology and the part it plays in solving problems from a young age, thanks to his father’s role as a programmer. “I was able to see him fix problems with technology, and immediately my interest was piqued,” he said.

In his role at Carousel, he draws from this youthful eagerness and curiosity to create the best solutions for a customer. Viera typically designs solutions for enterprise networking or data center environments, where he looks closely at the problem first, technology second. “Technology is moving at such a fast clip that it’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest or greatest, altogether ignoring the customer problem at hand,” he said. “In my role, I am able to truly define the customer need first and then design a complete solution to fit their technical and business needs.”

Majewski launched the Women in Leadership series on the Atrion blog as a way to highlight powerful women serving in the technology industry—a space she often felt was devoid of strong female role models. “Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune to learn from some amazing female leaders—but I was always conscious that women in leadership roles were still fairly rare, and I heard that same sentiment from friends and colleagues,” Majewski said. “So with this series, I wanted to bring powerful stories of female leadership to the community, while simultaneously help nurture the next generation of women in leadership. This recognition from Tech Collective is both humbling and a wonderful validator that these stories are resonating.”

Majewski relishes sharing these stories; it fosters connections between the women featured and inspires future generations of women to leadership positions in tech. “The blog finds these strong women in the local community, profiles their stories, their experiences and the challenges that they’re encountering and shares their stories with others in the hope of inspiring future leaders,” she said.

Since the series, Majewski has gone on to form the Women in Leadership Nexus, a platform dedicated to the promotion, advocacy, empowerment and advancement of today’s female leaders. In the coming months, Majewski will be focused on growing the association, one that will ultimately include membership opportunities, events, resources and more.

Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, with awards provided in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly. Tech10 distinguishes Rhode Island’s brightest entrepreneurs and IT practitioners, as well as showcasing organizations who are driving innovation and education. Viera was honored on Thursday, November 10 at a ceremony at the Providence Downtown Marriott. They are also profiled in the November issue of Rhode Island Monthly.

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.Get connected to Tech Collective at http://www.tech-collective.org, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).

About Carousel
Carousel Industries is a recognized leader in helping organizations evolve the way they communicate and orchestrate the flow of information throughout their networks. Carousel enables clients to connect and collaborate the way modern IT users demand and advance from their current network infrastructure to meet tomorrow's standards. With deep expertise across a vast portfolio of communication, network, and security technologies, Carousel is able to design, implement, and support solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each customer. By offering professional and managed services with flexible deployments in the cloud, Carousel ensures clients achieve agility and utilize technologies in the way most effective for their business.

Founded in 1992, Carousel serves more than 6,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by multiple publications and industry consortiums as a top technology integrator, managed services and cloud solution provider – including the Inc. 500/5000, Healthcare Informatics 100, and CRN MSP Elite 150. Headquartered in Exeter, RI, Carousel has more than 1,400 employees based in 27 offices - with three Network Operating Centers nationwide.

About Atrion, A Carousel Company
Atrion Inc., A Carousel Company, is committed to helping its clients make sound technology decisions that lead to favorable business outcomes. The leading IT services firm offers a robust set of services and solutions—with a focus on innovative IT leadership, consultative, professional and managed services—spanning the following areas: productivity and collaboration; unified communications; networking; systems integrations; data center; and security. Atrion is regularly tapped for its unique IT expertise, and has received several awards among the years, including Fastest Growing Company by Providence Business News, CRN Tech Elite 250 and MSP 500, Inc. 5000 and more. Atrion is a Cisco and Microsoft Gold Partner. Find Atrion online: http://www.atrion.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

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