IT Awards

The 2018 IT Awards Gala held at InnoTech Austin on October 2, 2018 recognized the Austin IT Award Finalists and congratulated the following IT Leader of the Year recipients:
  • Austin IT Legacy Award - Russ Finney, Advisory Partner and Researcher/CIO/McCombs School of Business Lecturer at itmWEB Group LLC
  • IT Executive of the Year, Public Sector - Khalil Shalabi, VP Strategy, Technology and Marketing Operations at Austin Energy
  • IT Executive of the Year, Private Sector - Michael Elliott, Chief Information Officer at Farm Credit Banks, TX
  • Information Technologist/CTO of the Year - Adam Blue, Chief Technology Officer at Q2 Holdings, Inc.
  • Austin IT Lifetime Achievement Award - Joe Iannello, Chief Information Officer at Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authori
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Russ Finney, Advisory Partner itmWEB Group Khalil Shalabi, VP Austin Energy Michael Elliott, CIO Farm Credit Bank Adam Blue, CIO Q2 Holdings, Inc. Joe Iannello, CIO Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority

In 2017 we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Austin IT Executives of the Year Awards. Congratulations to the 20th Anniversary award winners:

  • IT Executive of the Year, Public Sector - Blake Holman, Chief Information Officer at St. David's Foundation
  • IT Executive of the Year, Private Sector - Arleene Porterfield, VP of Global Sales and Marketing Operations at National Instruments
  • Information Technologist/CTO of the Year - Mike Lunt, VP of Engineering at Zenoss
  • Women in Technology Award of the Year - Laura Donnelly, Founder and CEO at Latinitas, Inc.
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Blake Holman, CIO St. David's Foundation Arleene Porterfield, VP National Instruments Mike Lunt, VP Zenoss Laura Donnelly, Founder / CEO Latinitas, Inc. 2017 pictures by photographer @EarlMcGee



Let's take a quick look at the IT Award Recipients from previous years:


2016 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Brad Englert, UT Austin
  • CTO of the Year - Mark Magnuson, Concepture
  • CIO of the Year - Charles Valentine, Indeed, Inc.
  • Tech Community Leadership - Ben Bentzin, Interactive Health Technologies
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Charles Valentine, CIO Indeed Brad Englert, CIO UT Austin Mark Magnuson, CTO Concepture Ben Bentzin, CEO Interactive Health Tech

2015 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - T Michael Minks, Seton Healthcare
  • IT Executive of the Year - Bill Wood, EZ Corp
  • IT Executive of the Year - Rudy Montoya, Office of the Attorney General
  • Woman in Technology Award of the Year - Tricia Berry, University of Texas

2014 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Walt Meffert, Hanger
  • IT Executive of the Year - Stephen Elkins, City of Austin
  • CTO of the Year - Terence Spielman, NewComLink
  • Woman in Technology Award of the Year -Tamara Hudgens, Girlstart
  • Austin Tech. Community Leadership - Hugh Forest, SXSW Interactive

2013 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Diane Kenyon, Harden Healthcare
  • IT Executive of the Year - Bowden Hight, TX Health and Human Services
  • CTO of the Year - Jim Keeler, Invodo, Inc.
  • Woman in Technology Award of the Year - Tanya Acevedo, Travis County

2012 IT Awards

  • IT Solution of the Year - Halo Mobile App, National Instruments
  • IT Executive of the Year - Karen Robinson, TX Department of Information Resources
  • IT Executive of the Year - Victor Fetter, Dell Online
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Mickey Ristroph, Mutual Mobile

2011 IT Awards

  • IT Community Leadership Award - Steve Guengerich, Appconomy
  • IT Executive of the Year - Vijay George, LCRA
  • IT Executive of the Year - Steve Finnerty, Applied Materials
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Ross Buhrdorf, HomeAway

2010 IT Awards

  • IT Solution of the Year - Tom Lott, LCRA
  • IT Executive of the Year - Gary Gumbert, Health and Human Services Comm.
  • IT Executive of the Year - Scott McKinlay, Austin Children’s Sheltre
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Andy Maag, Bazaarvoice

2009 IT Awards

  • IT Solution of the Year - David Dulak - Tokyo Electron
  • IT Exec of the Year - Eric Hungate, TASB
  • IT Executive of the Year - Dennis Strong, McCoy’s Building Supplies
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Joshua Baer, OtherInBox

2008 IT Awards

  • IT Solution of the Year - Advisors Team, National Instruments
  • IT Executive of the Year - Richard Reynolds, City of Bee Cave
  • IT Executive of the Year - Scott Smith, Temple-Inland
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Jim Keeler, Wayport, Inc.

2007 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Sam Coursen, Freescale
  • IT Executive of the Year - Jim Weatherby, Texas Legislative Concil
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Mike Hoskins, Pervasive Software

2006 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Russ Finney, Tokyo Electron
  • IT Executive of the Year - Greg Sedlock, TX Windstorm Insurance Assn.
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Manoj Saxena, Webify/IBM

2005 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Umesh Manathkar, Silicon Labs
  • IT Executive of the Year - Andres Carvallo, Austin Energy
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Samy Aboel-Nil, MessageOne

2004 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - John Cox, Texas Higher Education Recording Board
  • IT Executive of the Year - Bill Mclellan, Texas Mutual Insurance
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Tony Alagna, Whole Security

2003 IT Awards

  • IT Executive of the Year - Gary Cowsert, Activant
  • Very Special National IT Influence - Fred Mapp, AMD
  • IT Executive of the Year - Peter Collins, City of Austin
  • Info Technologist of the Year - Tom Ballard, Hoover’s Inc
  • Special Executive Leadership Award - Russ Finney, Tokyo Electron

2002 IT Awards

  • CIO of the Year - John Ciulla, Vignette
  • CTO of the Year - Joe Harlow, Travis Co. Info & telco systems
  • CTO of the Year - Dr. Jikku Venkat, United Devices

2001 IT Awards

  • CIO of the Year - Diana Williamson, Office of the Attorney General
  • CTO of the Year - Dr. Cathy Fulton, NetQoS

2000 IT Awards

  • CIO of the Year - Treg Russell, Texas Medical Liability Trust
  • CTO of the Year - Hayden Steward, Triactive

1999 IT Awards

  • CIO of the Year - Jerry Oliver, Austin Bergstrom Airport
  • CIO of the Year - Jeff Tyler, Collective Technologies
  • CTO of the Year - Neil Webber, Vignette

1998 IT Awards

  • CIO of the Year - Jerry Gregory, Dell Computer
  • CTO of the Year - Steve Madere, Deja news
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