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Shining a spotlight on the contributions of information technology students and professionals, the Leadership Award recognizes individuals and teams exemplifying Technology First Values: Creating a community to share knowledge, grow business, and build for the future. The Technology First Leadership Awards work to ensure a vibrant Southwest Ohio IT community. 

The annual event is sponsored by many local organizations, including SOCHE, Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County Business Solution Center, and Project Management Institute – Dayton/Miami Valley Ohio.

8th Annual Technology First Leadership Awards

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Techies serve to recognize individuals and teams exemplifying Technology First values: Creating a Community to Share Knowledge, Grow Business, and Build for the Future

Registration is OPEN

Announcing the 2021 Finalists and Winners

Award of Excellence-Student Project - Finalists

Smart Watch Individual Monitor (SWIM) Team, Cedarville Univ.

Pet Adoption Speed Prediction: A Data Mining Approach, Wright State

Creating an ERP System for a Local High School Band Program, Wright State

Emerging Technology Leader - Finalists

Doug Neiheisel, Consultant, ATC

Daniel Wilkins, Director, Cyber Defense, CareSource

Christina Sease, IT Manager - Applications, CareSource

Outstanding/Innovative IT Team – Winner


IT Executive - Finalists

Christopher Kuhl, CISO/CTO, Dayton Children's

Thomas Skill, Associate Provost and CIO, University of Dayton

Lisa Heckler, VP & CISO, CareSource

Best IT Services – Finalists

Cincinnati Bell

Red Hawk Technologies

Most Promising Startup - Winner

Mile Two

IT Project of the Year - Finalists

Scrum Team, Smart Data: Michael Timko, Michael Francis, David Shattuck, Rob Hill

COVID Community Vaccine Clinics - Kettering Health Enterprise Project Management Office

Outpatient Infusion Center - Kettering Health Enterprise Project Management Office

Career Champion - Finalists


Expedient Technology Solutions

Smart Data

Volunteer of the Year Award

Paul Moorman

Award of Excellence - High School Student Winner

Qiancong Li (John), Miami Valley CTC

Technology First is proud to recognize

Our Legacy of Leaders!

Outstanding/Innovative Technology Team

Sinclair College, Application Administration Team - 2020

Midmark Corporation, Technical Integration Team - 2019

Speedway - Team Insight - 2018

University of Dayton - UDit – Safe Computing Project - 2017

Speedway - Speedy Rewards Agile Project - 2016

Midmark Customer Tracking System Project - 2016

Hobart Service - 2015

University of Dayton Information Technologies - 2015 Academic

Lion Protects – 2014

Midmark - 2015 Enterprise

Best IT Services Company

TEKSystems - 2020

Smart Data - 2019

Expedient Technology Solutions - 2018

Netdemics - 2017

Afidence - 2016

Mafazo: Digital Solutions - 2015

Lighthouse Technologies – 2014

IT Executive of the Year

David Goodwin, ATC - 2020

Karl Konsdorf, Sinclair College - 2019

Tina Bustillo, Pi-Tech, Inc. - 2018

James Alford, Montgomery County Data Processing - 2018

Monique McGlinch, Midmark - 2017

John Huelsman, Director of IT, Hobart Service - 2016

Mark Human, Booze Allen - 2015

Steve Hangen, Mikesell's - 2014

Tim Hull - 2014 Community Advocate

Emerging Technology Leader

Nick Enger, ATC - 2020

Nicole Robbins, Midmark Corporation - 2019

Jon Scruggs, Hobart Service - 2018

James Keating, DataYard – 2017

IT Project of the Year

Hobart Service - 2020

Most Promising Startup

Recless Tech - 2020

Ascend Innovations - 2019

Global Flyte, LLC - 2018

Award of Excellence - Student Project

Timothy Haas, Wright State University - 2020

Cedarville University - IoT Laundry Monitoring System Team - 2019

University of Dayton - Whirlpool Corporation Team - 2018

Cedarville University/SIL International – Bible Story Producer App - 2017

UD MIS/Mikesell's Intranet Project - 2016

Clark State Community College - 2015

Hanen Alkhafaji, PQ Systems – 2014


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