2023 Colorado Tech Summit + APEX Awards

In 2022 we brought you two events wrapped up in one epic conference, and we plan to do it again in 2023!

The Colorado Tech Summit is the place to connect with one another, exchange ideas, and grow. This event includes powerful keynotes, dynamic panels, and interactive company technology and showcases.

The APEX Awards brings together the community to celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year before. Recipients of the APEX Awards are leading the way for Colorado tech. 

Click HERE to see photos from last year’s event! 

2023 Colorado Tech Summit + APEX Awards

February 15, 2023

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202

Presented by


Managing Director | Caruso Ventures
Previously, Founding CEO and Chairman | Zayo Group

Dan Caruso

Managing Director | Caruso Ventures Previously, Founding CEO and Chairman | Zayo Group
CEO and Cofounder, Truss

Everett Harper

CEO and Cofounder, Truss


Managing Partner | Economic Leadership

Ted Abernathy

Managing Partner | Economic Leadership
SVP, CIO | Centura Health

Carrie Damon

SVP, CIO | Centura Health
Field CISO | Red Canary

Rob Reck

Field CISO | Red Canary
CIO | FirstBank

Christian Winward

CIO | FirstBank



  • For the second year in a row, we’re bringing you two great events wrapped up in one epic conference shining a spotlight on Colorado tech! Join us for this year’s Colorado Tech Summit, and you’ll also get to cheer on this year’s APEX Award winners at our Awards Luncheon as part of the event!

  • The Colorado Tech Summit is the place to connect with one another, exchange ideas, and grow. This year’s theme, State of Tech, will examine the current state of the tech industry in Colorado as well as the ways that Colorado is contributing to technology globally.  

    Leaders from all across Colorado tech and beyond will speak to the emerging trends that are shaping our industry and affecting our Colorado tech community. This event includes powerful keynotes, dynamic panels, and networking. 

  • CTA has hosted the APEX Awards since 2001 as a way to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. In the tradition of years past, we’ll be recognizing award winners who are leading the way for Colorado tech. Winners are selected by a panel of community judges.

    The awards will be announced during a celebratory luncheon at the event.

  • At the 2023 Tech Summit + APEX Awards we’ll explore the state of tech through panel discussions, keynote presentations and conversations with the people making an impact through tech in our communities.

    Then, we’ll celebrate those that are leading the impact in Colorado Tech through our APEX Awards. 

    All in all, you can expect to enjoy:

    • Engaging content
    • Networking with your peers
    • And a celebration of the Colorado tech community!
  • Wednesday, February 15th 

  • The event will be hosted at the Grand Hyatt Denver – 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • No. The Tech Summit + APEX Awards will be an in-person event.

  • Each ticket to the 2023 Tech Summit + APEX Awards provides access to world-renowned speakers, cutting edge technology-focused content, and meaningful networking opportunities. In addition, you’ll be the first to find out who the 2023 APEX Award winners are and get to celebrate with them in person at the event.

    Lunch, snacks, a dessert reception and happy hour will also be included in every ticket.

  • When you become a Tech Summit + APEX Awards sponsor, your organization unlocks the opportunity to elevate your brand in front of tech professionals from all across Colorado’s tech community. Each sponsorship also comes with event tickets. Contact Jason Delp at jason@coloradotechnology.org for additional information.

  • If you have further questions about the event or anything CTA-related, please reach out to eventsmgr@coloradotechnology.org.


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.

  • 2022 – Scott Laband, President, Colorado Succeeds
    2020- Anthony Neal-Graves, CIO & ED, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
    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

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.

  • 2022 – Sandi Mays
    2020- Barbara Mowry
    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

CEO of the Year

  • These creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO’s lead 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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Angie Klein, Visible
    • Rachel Romer, Guild Education
    • Art Zeile, DHI Group
  • 2022 – Phil McKinney, CableLabs
    2020- Dan Mackin, Rule4
    2019 – Brandon Ridenour, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Brock Berry, AdCellerant
    2017 – Shawn Mills, Green House Data
    2016 – Annette Quintana, Istonish
    2015 – Dave Wright, SolidFire

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • David Edinger, City and County of Denver
    • Chris Herringshaw, Janus Henderson Investors
    • Wes Williams, WellPower
  • 2022 – Michelle Bourgeois, St. Vrain Valley Schools
    2020- Atilla Tinic, DISH Network
    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

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Julie Chickillo, Guild Education
    • DJ McArthur, Children’s Hospital Colorado
    • Joseph McComb, Holland & Hart LLP
  • 2022 – Artie Wilkowsky, DISH
    2020- Brennan Baybeck, Oracle
    2019 – James Carder, LogRhythm
    2018 – Robb Reck, Ping Identity
    2017 – Matt Shufeldt, Cognizant

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Maureen “Mo” Berkner Boyt, The Moxie Exchange
    • Yosh Eisbart, Fulfilld
    • Elisabeth Vezzani, Sugarwish
  • 2022 – Matt Frary, Managed Chaos Holdings
    2020 – Shawn Mills, Lunavi
    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

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • CableLabs
    • Log Rhythm
    • Ping Identity
  • 2022 – AMP Robotics
    2020 – Convercent
    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

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Dani Fleming, Slalom
    • Drew Port, Rule4
    • Sara Saihati, Arrow Electronics
  • 2022 – Nina Vendhan, Studio Management
    2020- Leidy Pérez, Zayo Group
    2019 – Jamie Cohen, ANGI Homeservices
    2018 – Samuel Thomas Elliot, Amnet

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Pepper
    • Rule4
    • Scythe Robotics
  • 2022 – Tilt
    2020- Crusoe Energy Systems, Inc
    2019 – Bluestaq
    2018 – Pax8
    2017 – PAIRIN
    2016 – Couragion
    2015 – BluFlux
    2014 – GeoPoll
    2013 – Cloud Elements

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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Adams 12
    • Centura Health
    • Connect for Health Colorado
  • 2022 – Governor’s Office of IT 
    2020 – Colorado Department of Revenue
    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

DE&I 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.

    2023 FINALISTS

    • Ashlie Arnold, Pax8
    • Janine Davidson, MSU Denver
    • HighView
  • 2022 – Alejandro Dopico, PC’s For People – Denver 
    2020 – Helen Young Hayes, Activate Workforce Solutions
    2019 – Alan Buller, FEDC TechSTART
    2018 – Heather Terenzio, Techtonic Group
    2017 – Global MindED
    2016 – CareerWise Colorado
    2015 – Blind Institute of Technology

DBJ: Colorado Entrepreneur Excellence
DBJ: Advocate of the Year


2023 APEX event sponsors 1


Interested in 2023 sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jason Delp at 303-592-4070 or jason@coloradotechnology.org.