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Journey to The Top
Meet the leaders and companies elevating CO tech to new heights


This year’s APEX Awards was a week-long digital celebration of the leaders and companies elevating Colorado tech to new heights.

Each day of the week, we announced different award finalists and winners across our digital platforms and social media channels and shared their stories of courage, passion and tenacity.

The celebration culminated on Thursday, February 4th, with our annual APEX Awards event. The virtual event featured a dynamic program with abundant networking opportunities and live award announcements.

Since 2001, CTA has hosted this prestigious event to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. In the tradition of years past, we recognized award winners who are leading the way for Colorado tech. Winners are selected by a panel of community judges. 

February 4, 2021

Pre-Event Virtual Networking // 1 – 5:30 PM

Award Ceremony // 5:30 – 7 PM

Virtual

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Who Was There?
Take a look at the impressive group who attended the 20th Annual APEX Awards!

  • Absio Corporation
    accenture
    AMP Robotics
    AppIt Ventures
    Arrow Electronics
    Arrow Solutions Group
    BoardBound
    CapTech
    Caruso Ventures
    Catalyte

  • City & County of Denver – Technology Services
    City of Boulder
    CoBank
    Cologix
    Colorado General Assembly
    Colorado House of Representatives
    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
    Colorado Workforce Development Council
    Convercent
    CoreSite, LLC

  • Cooley
    Crusoe Energy Systems
    Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
    DaVita
    DCP Midstream
    Deloitte
    Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO)
    Department of Revenue
    DHI Group, Inc.
    DISH

  • Elastic
    Enzoic
    five9, Inc.
    Flexential
    Gagen MacDonald
    Google
    GoreCreek Advisors
    Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)
    Hitachi Vantara
    IBM

  • Info-Tech Research Group
    Invest Northern Ireland
    Iterate.ai
    LogRhythm
    Lunavi
    Moss Adams
    Moxie Exchange
    National Cinemedia (NCM)
    NeoSystems
    North Highland

  • Okta
    Optiv
    Oracle
    P&M Corporate Finance
    PanXchange, Inc.
    Pax8
    PCs for People
    Pinnacle Cart
    Plante Moran
    POPin

  • Principal Financial
    Professional Case Management
    Rapid Technologies
    Richey May Technology Solutions
    Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio
    Rule4
    Spotlight
    State of Colorado
    Statewide Internet Portal Authority
    Tanium

  • TechnologyWest
    The Doyle Group
    UpPurpose
    Xanterra
    Zayo Group
    Zendesk

AWARDS

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 – 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

2021 Advocate of the Year 
Anthony Neal-Graves
CIO & ED, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology

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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 – 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

2021 Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara Mowry

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

2021 CEO of the Year
Dan Mackin
Rule4

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2021 Finalist
Julie Lerner
PanXchange

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2021 Finalist
Amanda Moriuchi
AppIt Ventures

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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 – 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

2021 CIO of the Year
Atilla Tinic
DISH Network

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2021 Finalist
Aleks Krusko
CoreSite

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2021 Finalist
Rex Young
LogRhythm

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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 – James Carder, LogRhythm
    2018 – Robb Reck, Ping Identity
    2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

2021 CISO of the Year
Brennan Baybeck
Oracle

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2021 Finalist
Benjamin Edelen
City of Boulder

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2021 Finalist
Artie Wilkowsky
DISH Network

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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 – 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

2021 Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence Award
Shawn Mills
Lunavi

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2021 Finalist
Maureen Berkner Boyt
The Moxie Exchange


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2021 Finalist
Arlie Sisson
UpPurpose


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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 – 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

2021 Company of the Year 
Convercent


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2021 Finalist
AMP Robotics


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2021 Finalist
City and County of Denver – Technology Services

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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 – Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Samuel Thomas Elliot, Amnet

2021 Emerging Leader of the Year 
Leidy Pérez
VP, Strategic Development Operations, Zayo Group

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2021 Finalist
Paige Bentley
Program Manager, PeopleDev Tools
Google People Operations

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2021 Finalist
Olivia Nicholson
Manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Richey May & Co.

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

2021 Emerging Tech Company of the Year 
Crusoe Energy Systems, Inc

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2021 Finalist
Enzoic

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2021 Finalist
Nextworld

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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 – 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

2021 Project of the Year 
Colorado Department of Revenue


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2021 Finalist
Cologix


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2021 Finalist
Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology

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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 – Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART
    2018 – Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
    2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

2021 Talent Champion of the Year 
Helen Young Hayes
Founder/CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions


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2021 Finalist
Tanya Barnett
Director, Office of Career Strategy | Director, BE Tech Scholars, University of Colorado Boulder-Leeds School of Business

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2021 Finalist
Susan Mitnick
Chief Human Resources Officer, Pax8



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