TechNite 2014 in Roanoke, VirginiaWritten on May 14, 2014
This past week, Morton Consulting sent a team out to Roanoke, Virginia to attend the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council TechNite Awards Banquet. In attendance were 700 of the New River Valley Region’s top innovators and technology leaders to celebrate the exciting and growing technology marketplace in Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia. The event was held at the historic Hotel Roanoke and our team celebrated along with 700 others the award recipients in the following categories – Rising Star Award, Regional Leadership Award, Educator Award, Entrepreneur Award, Innovator Award and People’s Choice Award.
The event was kicked off by Senator Tim Kaine who praised the Roanoke and Blacksburg region leaders, innovators, and technologists who are contributing to the growth and reputation the region has gained as a “hot spot” for the technology community. Dr. Charles Steger, 15th President of Virginia Tech, was then introduced as the keynote speaker where he addressed Innovation and the Role of Higher Education. The work that Dr. Steger has done for Virginia Tech and the New River Valley community is impressive to say the least and includes growing Virginia Tech’s research portfolio by 250%. As a Virginia Tech Alumni and proud Hokie, it was an honor to meet Dr. Steger and to hear him speak on Innovation and how Higher Education plays a key role in our rapidly changing technology environment.
The Master of Ceremonies for the award portion of the night was Katie Love who is a Reporter for WSLS 10 in Roanoke, Virginia. She has committed to covering the technology and innovation community, leadership, and companies in this market and has done an outstanding job at bringing attention to this marketplace through her reporting. The Award Winners were selected from a VERY impressive group of nominees and include:
- Rising Star Award – Mindsense
- Entrepreneur Award – Michael Rihani, Koofers
- Regional Leadership Award – John “Jack” Lesko
- Innovator Award – Bob Summers, Fitnet & TechPad
- RUBY Award – Ken Ferris
- Educator Award – Brian Dye & Sarah Gerrol
- People’s Choice Award – VirtualU
The RBTC also inducts individuals into the Technology Hall of Fame which was also very exciting to see and celebrate. The After Party was hosted by the Science Museum of Western Virginia which provided outstanding views of downtown Roanoke, access to many of their exhibits, desserts & drinks, along with the opportunity to network with the region’s top innovators and technology leaders.
Tonight our team prepares to attend the Technology Awards Gala hosted by RichTech and we look forward to seeing all of the exciting things happening in the technology space in Richmond, Virginia. Tonight’s Gala will be the 19th Annual “Academy Awards” of Technology and we are very excited to spend the evening at the Richmond Marriott with all of the great innovators, leaders, and technologists here at home in Richmond.
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