2018 rvatech/Gala Award Winners
May 10, 2018
Richmond Technology Community Celebrates 23 Years!
RICHMOND, Va. (May 9, 2018) – The Richmond Technology Council, central Virginia’s catalyst for technology, held its 23rd Annual Technology Awards show and gala tonight, honoring several local organizations and individuals that are actively helping advance central Virginia’s technology-based economy.
Over 700 of Richmond Tech Business leaders attended the award show held at the Convention Center. The awards are structured in a way that recognizes individual accomplishments, corporate wins, non-profit success stories, innovators in their field, and small businesses.
“Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout outstanding technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs”, said Robby Demeria, Executive Director of the Richmond Technology Council. “It’s because of these finalists tonight that central Virginia continues to attract new businesses. Our area has become a desired location for young technologists to live, work, and play.”
The award name, its description, and the winners are:
Innovation in Community Award sponsored by ImpactMakers, is awarded to an individual or team from a nonprofit or civic organization in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance their mission, or impact our community.
- Tech for Troops Project – a nonprofit with a mission to bridge the digital divide and build a life-long relationship with those who have served our nation by donating free refurbished computers to veterans, while also saving 130 tons of e-waste from the landfill and helping save the environment.
Innovation in Education Award sponsored by Computer Resource Team, is awarded to the educator or program that provides exceptional technology leadership and encourages students to pursue higher education or training in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Robert Motrynczuk, Chesterfield County Schools – a R-E-B teaching excellence award winner and fifth grade teacher at Spring Run Elementary is inspiring and exposing his students to technology by integrating four major components into his class; Coding, 3-D printing, video production, and robotics, while also creating after-school robotics and STEM programs to help spark interest and encourage kids to pursue STEM field careers.
Emerging Small Business Award Sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, is awarded to a local small business or start-up technology company that has demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial success.
- Outdoor Access – a marketplace community connecting landowners to members, with a mission to Unlock the Outdoors. Allowing members to reserve land for short-term, exclusive, and unique outdoor experiences. Building a community dedicated to sharing the love of nature with others and promoting new ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
Innovation in Technology Builder Award sponsored by SLAIT Consulting, is awarded to the local technology company delivering technology solutions and/or services to external clients that build capacity and increase operational efficiency.
- Shockoe – a leader in the development of advanced mobile applications focused on increasing sales, end-user experiences and employee productivity, developed the Arrow Operations mobile app and implemented an overall mobile strategy for Arrow’s Warehouse Management System by improving the operator experience and making picking, storing, and shipping significantly easier and more efficient.
Innovation in Development the Auzville Jackson Jr. Award – Private Sector is awarded to the company or organization whose development of new technology applications and/or systems creates new processes, methodologies, and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.
- Large Capital sponsored by Comcast Business – Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, serving more than six million energy customers in eight states, developed Magnolia, an Operations Control Room facility used to monitor and control the electric grid in real time becoming a model for its industry.
- Small Capital sponsored by Singlestone – Luck Companies, the largest, family-owned and operated aggregates company in the U.S, new mobile app platform, AggNow, links heavy building material sources, trucks and contractors, creating a premium buying experience and giving the company an opportunity to grow into new markets.
Innovation in Development the Auzville Jackson Jr. Award – Public Sector is awarded to a public agency whose creative use of existing or development of new technology enhances processes, methodologies and/or services for their own or others’ benefit.
- Sponsored by CarMax – Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Driver License Data Verification system provides commercial and government entities with a uniform, nationwide solution for driver license and identification card verification. Through the innovative use of technology, the DMV is a culture of continuous improvement, making government work for all citizens.
Technology Executive of the Year sponsored by Vaco, recognizes an individual whose leadership resulted to create competitive advantage, optimize business processes, enable growth or improve relationships with customers.
- Rohana Meade, Founder, President & CEO, Synergy Technical – Described as tireless and unwavering in her commitment to Synergy, Rohana is a pragmatic business woman and global problem solver who values loyalty and focuses on developing the unique potential in each of her employees.
The RVATECH Chairman’s Award sponsored by Altria Client Services, is awarded to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the growth of technology in this region, and/or the advancement of Greater Richmond as a center for technology innovation.
- Scott Steinruck
Legislator of the Year sponsored by Experis, is awarded to a legislator(s) who has supported the development of the regions start-up ecosystem, and has championed the advancement of policies supporting innovation and technology.
- Glen Sturtevant, Jr., Senate of Virginia and Jeff Bourne, Virginia House of Delegates