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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, CTA has hosted this prestigious event to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. Join us in January as we recognize the best of the best in Colorado tech! Want a closer look at the APEX Awards, check out photos from the 2019 APEX Awards, including on the Red Carpet.




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January 2021

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2019 APEX Awards Press

DBJ: Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement
DBJ: Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence
DBJ: Advocate of the Year
DBJ: CIO of the Year
DBJ: Company of the Year
DBJ: Talent Champion of the Year
DBJ: CISO of the Year
DBJ: Emerging Tech Company of the Year
DBJ: Emerging Leader of the Year
DBJ: CEO of the Year
DBJ: Project of the Year
DBJ: Youth Tech Leader of the Year
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Advocate of the Year

  • This individual is advancing the technology industry in Colorado through their leadership in moving forward policies and ideas that ensure our state’s status as a prominent tech hub.

    2019 Winner – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City & County of Denver

  • 2018 – State Senator Jack Tate
    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. In addition to the daily role of leading their company, they work to drive the vibrancy of the tech economy beyond their business.

    2019 Winner – Brandon Ridenour, ANGI Homeservices

  • 2018 – Brock Berry, AdCellerant
    2017 – Shawn Mills, Green House Data
    2016 – Annette Quintana, Istonish
    2015 – Dave Wright, SolidFire

  • Don Haddad, St. Vrain Valley Schools
    John Street, Pax8
    Brandon Ridenour, ANGI Homeservices
    Bill Fathers, Cologix
    Bryan Leach, Ibotta
    Dennis Robinson, XTIVIA
    Jim Johnson, Mobile Solutions

CISO of the Year

  • This innovative Chief Information Security Officer 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.

    2019 Winner – James Carder, LogRhythm

  • 2018 – Robb Reck, Ping Identity
    2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

  • Alex Wood, Pulte Group
    Deborah Blyth, State of Colorado
    James Carder, LogRhythm

Company of the Year

  • This Colorado-based company’s overall performance sets it apart as a leader through technical innovation and concrete examples of how it is meeting a need in the marketplace. This company also is a strong leader in the community and shows corporate responsibility.

    2019 Winner – CableLabs


  • 2018 – HomeAdvisor
    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

  • Cherwell Software
    H5 Data Centers
    Gorilla Logic
    Platte River Networks
    Mobile Solutions

Emerging Tech Company of the Year

  • This is Colorado’s most promising emerging company in operation for five years or less. They are innovative and identified a need in the marketplace for the product or service.

    2019 Winner – Bluestaq

  • 2018 – Pax8
    2017 – PAIRIN
    2016 – Couragion
    2015 – BluFlux
    2014 – GeoPoll
    2013 – Cloud Elements

  • SunTech Drive, LLC
    Bluestaq LLC
    SYMMETRIX Solutions
    QwipIt Inc
    Platte River Networks
    Optiv Security

Talent Champion of the Year

  • This individual builds and strengthens the technology talent pipeline by leading and supporting initiatives to construct and ensure a strong, diverse local pipeline of tech workers in the state.

    2019 Winner – Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART

  • 2018 – Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
    2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

  • Kyle Coberly, Flatiron School
    Kylee Eikenberg, Slalom Consulting, LLC
    Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART
    Kevin Pennock, Frontier Airlines

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.

    2019 Winner – Rich Liner, KidsTek

  • 2018 – Kristin Russell, Arrow Electronics
    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 has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization.

    2019 Winner – Sandi Mays, Zayo

  • 2018 – Suma Nallapati, Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    2017 – Jeff Robertson, DigitalGlobe
    2016 – Vin Melvin, Arrow Electronics
    2015 – John Swieringa, CIO of the Year
    2014 – Dave Anderson, CH2M Hill

  • Not Listed

Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence

  • This entrepreneurial leader has contributed to multiple businesses, with at least one as a tech company started, grown and operated in Colorado. They have a true passion to seek out problems to solve, and they organize, manage and assume the risk of a business or enterprise.

    2019 Winner – Trent R. Hein, Rule4

  • 2018 – Sudha Chandrasekharan, Learn-Skillz
    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

  • Trent R. Hein, Rule4
    Tim O’Shea, Engage Colorado

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.

    2019 Winner – Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices

  • 2018 – Samuel Thomas Elliot, Amnet

  • Josh Couper, Flatiron School
    Kristi Brin, Newmont Goldcorp, Inc.
    Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices
    Amber Hollenbeck, Mobile Solutions
    Dani Fitch, Arrow Electronics
    Luis Canepari, Newmont Goldcorp
    Noah Kaplin, Governor’s Office of Information Technology

Project of the Year

  • This project, implemented by an innovative IT department, solved a business problem with strategic objectives and innovation and overcame obstacles, met goals and demonstrated team collaboration.

    2019 Winner – St. Vrain Valley Schools

  • 2018 – Levels Beyond
    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

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
    DCP MIdstream
    St. Vrain Valley Schools
    HSS, Inc
    Mobile Solutions
    Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    Pulte Mortgage

Youth Tech Leader of the Year

  • This Colorado student leverages tech through a club or community group to advance tech education and innovation in unique and impactful ways for fellow students, his or her school and the local community.

    2019 Winner – Nicole Chen

  • 2018 – Shreya Nallapati

  • Emma Goodwill, University of Colorado Boulder – Fall 2019
    Makenna Turner, Peak to Peak Charter School
    Nicole Chen, Cherry Creek High School
    Lauren Barnes, University of Denver
    Lucy Kiefer, St Mary’s Academy


  • 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.


2019 APEX Awards


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