2014 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced

Providence, R.I. Oct. 20, 2014 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 2014 Tech10 Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I.

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.

2014 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Kimberly Kowal Arcand – Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory; Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Tammy Fuller – Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder; Echo Messaging Systems, Inc.

Ramarao Koppaka – Principal Enterprise Architect; FM Global

Bryce Lukens – Technical Director; Atrion Networking Corporation

David Mulanaphy – Principal Development Database Administrator; FM Global

Allan Peters – Director, Collaboration Services; GTECH

Eric M. Shorr – Founder and President; Secure Future Tech Solutions

Rich Siedzik – Director of Computer & Telecommunication Services; Bryant University

Alan Silverman – Senior Technical Director, Data Center; Atrion Networking Corporation

Jeff Wilhelm – Chief Technology Officer; Envision Technology Advisors

“With this year’s Tech10 Award selection, we are proud to have 40 Tech10 Award alumni building upon their accomplishments, contributing to Rhode Island companies and communities, and working to continue the growth of a strong technology presence in our state,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for Tech Collective. “Rhode Island employs 13,500 IT professionals – our Tech10 honorees are some of the best and brightest leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs among them. They bring enthusiasm and vibrancy to an exciting sector of Rhode Island’s future. Congratulations to our 2014 Tech10 Award winners!”

The 2014 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Atrion Networking Corporation (Cyber Sponsor) and Bryant University Executive Development Center (Java Sponsor). Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, 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.

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected Sept. – Oct. 2014. View past Award winners, 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 Information Technology and Bioscience 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 collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: the Tech10 awards, the Rhode Island Bioscience Awards, 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, onLinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).

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