Annual Awards Dinner

We want to congratulate the winners of the Eighth Annual Awards Dinner 2016!  Thank you to everyone who attended and made this event a huge success.  US Sugar Corporation executive, Carl Stringer gave an insightful look into the impact of technology on our future.  

The event featured a presentation of awards for Innovention, Transformation Partnership and Woman in Technology.  We are excited to recognize these companies and individuals who are Catalyzing, Cultivating and Connecting our SWFL community!

The Innovention Award - for a Southwest Florida company that has invented, improved or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution. 


The Transformation Award - for an organization or business that is achieving success through application or implementation of IT to overcome a business challenge.  

Amerispec SWFL

Woman in Technology Award - Recognizes the success and contributions of a woman to the technology industry of Southwest Florida through professional expertise and leadership. The recipient will exemplify the commitment of the partnership to a vibrant community of technology professionals and opportunity for all.  

Tracey Lanham, Hodges University 

Partnership Award goes to someone who has truly forwarded the mission of the organization.  

Dr. Al Ball, Hodges University

We especially want to thank all of our sponsors.  With your support we continue to impact the SWFL community throughout the year.  

Premier Sponsors:                 

Executive Sponsors: Skylink Data Centers, Hodges University, CenturyLink, LCEC

Our many Partner and Host Sponsors


We would like to announce the awards winners from our Seventh Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by Adecco, Chico’s FAS and Zuora, CenturyLink and 21st Century Oncology on March 25th, 2015. This year at Southwest Florida’s longest running, “Excellence in Technology” event there was record breaking attendance to congratulate the finalists and hear David Trimm, former CIO at The Hertz Corporation, speak to “The Five Technology Trends You Can’t Ignore.” Thank you everyone for supporting the continued growth of our organization as we celebrate technology in the SWFL region.

Winner of the inaugural Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership is Denise Spence with Dunbar High School. Spence runs the information technology program and teaches there, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at FGCU. Other finalists were Jodi Harrison with Interactyx and Tracey Lanham with Hodges University.

For the Transformation Award, for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge, the winner is Ted Todd Insurance for the work they did developing customized applications for automated quote responses. Other finalists were the Canterbury School and DeAngelis Diamond Construction.

The Innovention Award is given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution and MassiveU has created a whole new way for teachers and students to interact, learn and develop online. Arthrex and SkyLink Data Centers were the other finalists.

The Partnership Award is given goes to someone who has truly forwarded the mission of the organization.  Marc Farron is the finalist.

Another new element to the dinner was a $500 scholarship given to freshman Christian Irving for higher education. Christian won the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Inventor’s Fair for his device that is built into the sole of a shoe to charge mobile devices.

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