The state's technology industry initiative has unveiled its inaugural “Tech 25” to honor Indiana's “unsung” tech contributors. The TechPoint list includes professionals that have an impact on facets of the sector including research and development, sales and marketing. April 14, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana's tech ecosystem, will recognize unsung contributors to Indiana's thriving tech sector leading up to and during the May 2, Mira Awards Gala presented by BKD CPAs and Advisors.
“The 'Tech 25' is a prestigious designation for twenty-five individuals who are critical to building organizations in our community,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “We think of our new Tech 25 honor like a '40 Under 40' for tech but without the age constraint.”
The Mira Awards recognize the best of tech in Indiana in 14 different categories, including product or team achievement, company success, industry-specific excellence, and individual achievement of a rising star, bridge builder and trailblazer. Missing from recognition in the past were those critical role players within tech companies who enable their organizations' successes and don't get celebrated publicly as often as they should be, explained Langellier. The Tech 25 remedies that recognition gap.
“Building attractive communities where creative people want to live, and work and raise their families is a top priority for our state,” said Sue Ellspermann, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. “I commend TechPoint for celebrating the industry leaders in our communities who are proving that you can have a successful and fulfilling high-tech career right here in Indiana.”
“When you are rapidly scaling up a company and competing globally you need teams of people who defy expectations and outperform everybody else,” said Stephen Pruden, vice president of CRM Services, Appirio. “We, of course, recognize our superstars internally, but TechPoint is definitely tapping into an often overlooked category and really doing something special by shining a spotlight on Indiana's tech builders with the Tech 25.”
The Tech 25 includes honorees from three main product building and revenue building role categories:
-10 honorees in tech product/R&D
-10 honorees in sales/marketing
-5 honorees in “other”
In addition to being star performers within their organizations, Tech 25 honorees are also excellent, committed team players who build others up through mentoring, teaching and positive example.
The inaugural class of TechPoint's Tech 25 includes:
Steven Shattuck, VP of Marketing, Bloomerang
Ian Illig, Business Development Manager, Bluebridge Digital
Nicole DelMastro, Director of Marketing, CloudOne
Eric Kokonas, Vice President of Strategy, Dittoe Public Relations
Jenn Lisak, Vice President, DK New Media
Austin Evans, Vice President of Sales, Fathom Voice
Carson Goff, Sr. Director of Enterprise Sales, hc1.com
Tim Klausmeier, Director of Business Intelligence, One Click Ventures
Muhammad Yasin, Director of Marketing, PERQ
Brad Vest, Service Delivery Manager, Apparatus
Mahoui Abdelaziz, Consultant – IT, Eli Lilly and Company
Todd Zerbe, Vice President, CIC Division, Interactive Intelligence
Nathan Sinsabaugh, Design Director, KA+A
Courtney Crispin, Software Engineering Manager, NextGear Capital
Matt Gangwer, Head of Security Operations, Rook Security
Mike Lyon, Service Delivery Manager, Scale Computing
Chris Shinkle, Director of Innovation, SEP
Robin Fleming, Vice President, Quality Management, Teradata
Joe Heth, Software Developer, TinderBox
Josh Fleischer, Financial Analyst, Appirio
Megan Dixon, Chief of Staff, DoubleMap
Steve Fouty, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Emerging Threats
Zach Frizzell, Client Success Manager, Inverse-Square
Shannon Bradley, VP Global Support, Salesforce Marketing Cloud
Kara Holthaus, Director of Client Success, SmarterHQ Inc.
“WGU Indiana is proud to sponsor The Tech 25 and be part of showcasing the tech leaders in our community. As the state's online university, we admire the intellect and vision of these innovators as we work together to bring a better, brighter future to our state,” said Allison Barber, chancellor, WGU Indiana.
The Tech 25 will be honored during the masquerade-themed, black-tie Mira Awards ceremony and gala at the JW Marriott on May 2. The event features interactive dinner and drinks, awards gala and an after party with a live band and other fun activities. Early-bird and “Under 30” tickets are on sale until Friday at www.techpoint.org.
Sponsorship opportunities, such as platinum, gold or silver level packages that include group tickets and more are available by contacting Annie Grinstead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TechPoint is the voice and catalyst for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on:
1. Connecting the community through events
2. Sharing the stories of companies and people on techpoint.org
3. Attracting valuable talent
4. Connecting our most promising companies with capital and customers.
For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.