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Celebrating the best of the best in Colorado tech

The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, the Colorado Technology Association has hosted this prestigious event bringing together the community and celebrating the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. We encourage you to take time to celebrate your wins – it’s important! Check out the 2018 nominees and finalists below. Want a closer look at the APEX Awards, check out photos from the 2017 APEX Awards, including on the Red Carpet.



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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

5:30 – 9 pm

Seawell Grand Ballroom

1350 Arapahoe St, Denver CO


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5:30 pm  //  Cocktail Reception + Networking

6:45 pm  //  Award Ceremony + Dinner

9:00 pm  //  After Party Reception  –  Sponsored By Crowe

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Advocate of the Year

  • This individual’s efforts make a real and measurable impact on the advancement of Colorado’s technology industry.


  • 2017 – State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp
    2016 – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers
    2015 – State Sen. Rollie Heath and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
    2014 – Representative Dan Pabon and Paul Washington, Denver OED
    2013 – Rep. Angela Williams and Sen. Mark Scheffel
    2011 – Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, Representative Carole Murray, Senator Cheri Jahn and Senator Linda Newell
    2010 – Representative Mike May, Senator Josh Penry and the Republican Caucus
    2005 – Brian Vogt, OEDIT

  • Not Listed

CEO of the Year

  • This creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO leads a Colorado-based tech company to success. In addition to the daily role of leading their company, they work to drive the vibrancy of the tech economy beyond their business. CEOs from all company sizes are eligible to be recognized for their leadership and contributions to the Colorado tech community.

  • 2017 – Shawn Mills, Green House Data
    2016 – Annette Quintana, Istonish
    2015 – Dave Wright, SolidFire

  • Rupali Raghavan CEO Sairoop Technologies
    Alan Curtis CEO Radar Relay
    Dennis Robinson CEO XTIVIA
    Brock Berry CEO AdCellerant
    Andrew Funk CEO OverWatchID
    Michael Simpson CEO PAIRIN
    Pamela Glick CEO SyncHR
    Brett Jurgens CEO Notion
    Bryan Leach CEO Ibotta
    Amy Zupon CEO Vertafore
    Jim Johnson CEO Mobile Solutions
    Yoav Lurie CEO Simple Energy
    Chris Terrill CEO HomeAdvisor
    J. Michael Jenner CEO NexusTek
    Jarret Winkelman CEO Incident Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT)

CISO of the Year

  • Effective security is mapped directly into the business it supports. This innovative CISO has implemented a security program that accelerated the success of her/his Colorado-based business. Utilizing people, processes and technologies, this security leader has positioned the security program to deliver on the core mission of the organization. CISOs from all company sizes are eligible to be recognized for this award.

  • 2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

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    Rich Schliep CO Secretary of State
    James Carder LogRyhthm
    Deborah Blyth State of Colorado

Company of the Year

  • This Colorado-based company’s overall performance sets it apart as a leader in its market. It shows profitability from sales of its products and/or services, strong financial growth or return on investment for its investors and/or shareholders, technical innovation and concrete examples of how it is meeting a need in the marketplace. The company also is a strong leader in the community and shows corporate responsibility.

  • 2017 – SendGrid
    2016 – ViaWest
    2015 – SpotX
    2014 – LogRhythm
    2013 – Ping Identity
    2012 – Mercury
    2011 – Rivet Software
    2010 – ServiceMagic
    2009 – GTRI
    2007 – Webroot
    2006 – Webroot
    2005 – Webroot
    2004 – eCollege
    2003 – FRxSoftware
    2002 – DataTrend Information Systems

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    Western Rise
    Platte River Networks
    H5 Data Centers
    Gorilla Logic
    NewCloud Networks
    P2 Energy Solutions
    St. Vrain Valley Schools
    American Sentinel University
    Mobile Solutions
    Simple Energy
    Pinnacol Assurance
    Simple Energy
    Njevity, Inc.

Emerging Tech Company of the Year

  • This is Colorado’s most promising technology company in operation for 5 years or less. Each company will be judged on the initiative it took in creating, promoting or advancing the product or service offered; the technical innovation of the product or service offered; the need in the marketplace for the product or service; and the acceptance by customers of the company’s product or service. (Must be headquartered in Colorado.)

  • 2017 – PAIRIN
    2016 – Couragion
    2015 – BluFlux
    2014 – GeoPoll
    2013 – Cloud Elements

  • PlayerLync
    Process Server Technology, LLC

Talent Champion of the Year

  • This individual’s efforts are making a real and measurable impact on building and strengthening the technology talent pipeline in Colorado. They actively lead and support initiatives that are helping build and ensure a strong local pipeline of qualified workers for technology companies and IT departments across the state. Local pipeline development requires a keen focus on inclusion and diversity, so the work of this champion should promote inclusive excellence through positive communication between persons of diverse backgrounds, demonstrate efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination, and create opportunities to promote diversity, respect and inclusiveness.

  • 2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

  • Louise March P-TECH School Counselor FalconTech High School
    Scott Laband President Colorado Succeeds
    Heather Terenzio CEO Techtonic Group
    Shari Plantz-Masters, Ph.D. Dean, College of Computer & Information Sciences Regis University
    Patty Lopez Platform Applications Engineer Intel Corporation
    Arlen Meyers Board Chair GlobalMindED
    Arrow Electronics – Summer Intern Program Arrow Electronics
    Heather Terenzio CEO/Co-Founder Techtonic Group
    Alan Buller Intern Coordinator FEDC TechSTART
    Stephanie Veck Immediate Past Director & Project Adviser Colorado Workforce Development Council
    Sandi Mays Founder, CIO and EVP Zayo

Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement

  • This individual has made outstanding achievements and commitments to furthering innovative technology in our community and the state, and has contributed to the initiatives of Colorado Technology Association.

  • 2017 – Andre Durand, Ping Identity
    2016 – Lucy Sanders, NCWIT
    2015 – Steve Halstedt
    2014 – J.B. Holston, Sitrion
    2013 – Dan Caruso, Zayo Group
    2012 – Nancy Sauer
    2011 – John Oechsle, DigitalGlobe
    2010 – Nancy Phillips, ViaWest
    2009 – Jon Nordmark, eBags and Wambo
    2008 – Brad Feld, Foundry Group
    2007 – Barbara Bauer, GlobalSight Partners
    2006 – Scott Burt, Integro
    2005 – Bob Ogdon, Swiftpage
    2004 – Donna Auguste, Leave A Little Room Foundation
    2003 – Wayne Berger, Solano Foundation
    2002 – Donald J. McCubbery, University of Denver
    2001 – Bob Newman, JD Edwards

  • Not Listed

CIO of the Year

  • This outstanding chief information officer (or anyone holding technology leadership role at a Colorado-based company or department) has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization.

  • 2017 – Jeff Robertson, DigitalGlobe
    2016 – Vin Melvin, Arrow Electronics
    2015 – John Swieringa, CIO of the Year
    2014 – Dave Anderson, CH2M Hill

  • Joe McBreen CTO St. Vrain Valley Schools
    Brandi Vandegriff Vice President of Technology KPA, LLC
    Suma Nallapati State CIO Governor’s Office of Information Technology

Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence

  • This entrepreneurial leader in the community has contributed to multiple businesses, with at least one as a tech company started, grown and operated in Colorado. They may be an investor, founder, coder, marketer, maker or doer, but this entrepreneur has a true passion to seek out problems to solve, and is one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise.

  • 2017 – Elia Wallen, Traveler’s Haven & Hotel Engine
    2016 – Page Tucker, ProStar Geocorp
    2014 – Jeremy Ostermiller, Altitutde Digital
    2013 – Peter Hudson, iTriage LLC
    2012 – Bart Lorang, FullContact
    2011 – Bob Ogdon, Swiftpage
    2010 – Roy Dimoff, ViaWest
    2009 – John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems

  • Michael C. Wilson Founder & CTO PasswordPing
    Bryan Jordan President VistaWorks
    Sudha Chandrasekharan Founder Learn-Skillz
    Shannon Block Founder World Forward Foundation

Emerging Leader of the Year

  • This Emerging Leader has demonstrated a commitment to the Colorado tech industry by showing passion for technology and making significant contributions to their organization or the industry overall. They excel at their role and actively seek opportunities to grow professionally and personally. This individual shows great potential to grow in their area of expertise and as a leader in the tech community overall. (Nominees must be located in Colorado and between the ages of 21-35.)

  • This is a new category in 2018!

  • Dani Fitch Chief of Staff to the President, Global Services Arrow Electronics
    Amber Hollenbeck Vice President of Product Strategy Mobile Solutions
    Samuel Thomas Elliott Business Technology Advisor Amnet

Project of the Year

  • This project implemented by an innovative IT department achieved successful, measurable results. Nominees will be judged on the following criteria: solving a business problem, strategic objectives, innovation, value/impact for the company or industry, risk-reward benefits, overcoming obstacles, meeting goals and team or internal collaboration.

  • 2017 – Braxton Technologies
    2016 – Arrow Electronics & Indiegogo Certification Program
    2015 – DigitalGlobe
    2014 – GoCode Colorado, Colorado Secretary of State’s Office
    2013 – Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    2012 – Pixorial
    2011 – PEI
    2010 – Lincoln Trust Company

  • Colorado Department of State
    Camp Bow Wow
    Denver Public Library
    Media Audits International
    Levels Beyond
    Computershare Loan Services
    Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    City and County of Denver
    Pinnacol Assurance
    Mobile Solutions
    Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority

Youth Tech Leader of the Year

  • This student’s efforts are making a real and measurable impact on fellow students, his or her school and the local community. His or her understanding, passion for and use of technology is exceptional compared to his or her peers. This Colorado student either currently studies technology or leverages technology through a club or community group to advance technology education and innovation in unique and impactful ways.


  • This is a new category in 2018!

  • Nicole Chen Student Cherry Creek HS
    Shreya Nallapati Student Rock Canyon High School
    Jordon Monk and Reade Webb Student STEM School Highlands Ranch
    Crystal Garay Student High Tech Early College


  • Leaders within the community are selected to serve as judges for their knowledge of the community and their ability to be unbiased to nominees. Nominations are given to them to review individually, where they score each on several criteria, then they all convene to make final decisions on finalists and winners. CTA brings these judges together, but does not make any decisions on winners.

  • Judges are key thought leaders in the Colorado technology community who have expertise related to the categories they are judging.

  • APEX is designed to recognize and promote the Colorado technology industry. To be eligible for Company of the Year and Emerging Tech Company of the Year, the company needs to be headquartered in Colorado.


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