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2015 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced

PROVIDENCE, RI –  October 26, 2015 – Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, in partnership with Rhode Island Monthly, announces ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs as its 2015 Tech10 Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Rising Sun Mills in Providence, RI.

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.

2015 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Charles Dansereau, Director of IT, Rhode Island Quality Institute

Maeve Donohue, COO & Founder, Nami Studios, Buttrfly

Roberto Gonzalez, Executive Director, STEAM Box

Rick Lemieux, VP, Sales & Business Development, itSM Solutions LLC.

Jim McAssey, Vice President, Brave River Solutions

Lisa O’Rourke, Data Management Section Manager, Amica Insurance

Justin Savage, Founder & CEO, EveryBill

Andy Trench, Founder & CEO, XactSense

Fran Varin, Web Development Section Manager, Amica Insurance

Nik Wahlberg, Founder & CEO, Scandia


“Congratulations to our 2015 Tech10 Award winners! We are proud to be recognizing the leadership and entrepreneurship of this year’s Tech10 winners. Their accomplishments have contributed to the benefit of their companies, industries, and Rhode Island’s economy,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for Tech Collective. “With the increased visibility that our partnership with Rhode Island Monthly offers, we feel these 10 individuals will be deservedly recognized for the enthusiasm and innovation they bring to the state’s tech industry. We would also like to thank Lighthouse Computer Services for their contribution and dedication to developing the IT workforce pipeline. Congratulations to the 2015 Lighthouse Computer Services/Tech Collective scholarship winner, Kyle Daun!”


“We are pleased to highlight the talents of these individuals and all that they do for their businesses and the community,” said John Palumbo, publisher of Rhode Island Monthly. “Our partnership with the Tech Collective is an important one as we celebrate the importance of the work of this group of industry leaders and the key role technology plays as a driver of the Rhode Island economy.”


The 2015 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Amica Insurance, Cox Business, OSHEAN, Net Cenergy, Starpoint Solutions and Versatile. Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rising Sun Mills in Providence, RI. Video vignette profiles of the Award winners will be unveiled at the event.


In addition to the Tech10 recipients being honored at the award ceremony, the 2015 Lighthouse Computer Services/Tech Collective Scholarship winner, Kylie Daun will also be recognized. The scholarship is awarded to a Rhode Island student studying Computer Science at a Rhode Island college/university and with an affiliation to one of the five US Military branches.


Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected July – August 2015. View past Award winners, videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at Follow Tech10 on twitter#Tech10RI.


Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is a locally owned multi-platform publisher of magazines and specialty publications, including custom publishing projects. Products include several lifestyle and tourism publications serving residents of – and visitors to – Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.


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, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), onTwitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI).


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