Rhode Island Tech and Entrepreneur Award Winners Announced

Tech Collective Tech10 Awards program names ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs; to be recognized at celebration event on Nov. 20.

Providence, RI, October 23, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, today announces ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs as its 2013 Tech10 Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence.

Individually, Tech10 recognizes Rhode Island IT practitioners and entrepreneurs who excel in their practice, demonstrate a passion for contributing to the success of others, and are pioneering in their technological and career achievements. For the technology community, Tech10 is the opportunity for Rhode Island business and industry to identify its exceptional participants and future leaders.

The recipients of the 2013 Tech10 Awards are: (no specific order)
Sean Trifero – Senior Systems Engineer/Director of R&D; Envision Technology Advisors
Tom Flanagan – VP Technology and Marketing; Residential Properties, Ltd.
Gary Christensen – COO/CIO; Rhode Island Quality Institute
Adam Harvey – Technology Director/Principal; GLAD WORKS
Jamie Boughman – Apprentice Program Manager; Atrion Networking Corporation
Gil Lantini – Founder; Rhode Island Small Business Journal
Kevin McCarron – Director, Collaboration Solutions; Atrion Networking Corporation
Stephen DeRosa – Director of Information Technology; Family Service of Rhode Island
David Toms – Manager, User Support, Help Desk, and Audio Visual; Rhode Island College
Bright Fulton – Engineering Operations Lead; Swipely

“Every year, the caliber and diversity of our Tech10 Awards applicants amazes us,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “We are honored to be able to recognize another talented group of individuals. They are not only playing an integral role at their companies – from enterprises to startups – but they are quite literally helping to grow the Rhode Island tech and entrepreneurial industry and communities as a whole. They bring enthusiasm, innovation, and vibrancy to an exciting sector of Rhode Island’s future. We cannot wait to see and be a part of their continued success. Congratulations Tech10 Award winners!”

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected Sept. – Oct. 2013. This year’s Judging Committee included: (no specific order)
Phil Carlucci – Director, Legislative Data Systems; RI Joint Committee on Legislative Services
Kathleen Malin – Vice President of Technology and Operations; Rhode Island Foundation
Sergio Ferreira – Organizer; Startup Weekend Providence
Heather Hartman – Director, IS Technical Services; Care New England Health System

The 2013 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Bryant University Executive Development Center and Mobiquity Velocity Solutions. Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence, R.I. Video vignette profiles of the award winners will be unveiled at the event. Additionally, three award recipients will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments in Tech Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Overall Achievement.

Now in its third year, the Tech10 Awards program has recognized 30 outstanding RI tech and entrepreneur champions and future leaders. View past award winner videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at www.tech10awards.com. Follow Tech10 on twitter #Tech10RI.

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org, on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI), Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin (Tech Collective).
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