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Winners of the 2015 Tech Awards Announced at TechCelebration: NVTC's Annual Banquet

On Monday, Oct. 19 at TechCelebration: NVTC’s annual banquet, NVTC announced the winners of the 2015 Tech Awards, an awards program honoring groundbreaking companies, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community. The award finalists and winners of the NVTC Associate Member of the Year Award, Tech Executive of the Year Award, Innovative Use of Technology, Tech Company of the Year (Under $50 Million in Revenue), and Tech Company of the Year (Over $50 Million in Revenue) awards were chosen by an independent panel of judges.

Congratulations to the winners:

NVTC Associate Member of the Year
Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank wins award.
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, Michael Brown of Consumer Electronics Association, and Megan Scheffel and Sean Stone of Silicon Valley Bank as they accept the NVTC Associate Member of the Year Award for Silicon Valley Bank.

Silicon Valley Bank is a full service commercial bank that has served the Mid-Atlantic region for almost 20 years, with a customer base comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, and companies of all stages and sizes. In the Mid-Atlantic, SVB currently has more than 300 clients, including more than 30 private equity and venture capital firms in the DC region.

SVB is a committed member of our technology community. Sean Stone serves on the NVTC Board and the bank is a regular participant on area tech panels, in addition to serving as mentors/advisors for several of the region’s accelerators, incubators and young entrepreneur programs. SVB uses its deep connections in the tech industry and the broader innovation community to connect founders, leaders and funders who can help build new businesses and bring visionary ideas to life.

Tech Executive of the Year
Marilyn Crouther, HP Enterprise Services

Marilyn Crouther wins award.
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, NVTC Board member Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services, NVTC Tech Executive of the Year Marilyn Crouther of HP Enterprise Services, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

Marilyn Crouther is senior vice president and general manager of HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector, where she is responsible for accelerating market expansion, driving overall business performance, and strengthening relationships with federal, state and local government clients. Under her leadership, the HP Public Sector business has continued to excel and grow in a challenging and competitive environment while remaining a responsible corporate steward in the local community. Crouther also is a strong advocate of mentoring, diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the company and the region, including fostering the HP Herndon Young Employee Network program for recent college hires.

Innovative Use of Technology
Virtustream for its Micro-VM technology

Virtustream accepts award.
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative Co-Chair Steve Cooker of Monster Government Solutions, and Megan Scheffel of Silicon Valley Bank as Scheffel accepts the Innovative Use of Technology Award for Virtustream.

Most cloud computing technology is based on a fixed size of compute and memory, but Virtustream’s Micro-VM resource optimization technology is designed to accurately measure the true consumption in private, public or hybrid clouds. In paying for computing resources based on actual usage as opposed to VM-hours, enterprises, government agencies and service providers worldwide who use Virtustream Cloud or xStream software reap immediate benefits on their bottom line.

Tech Company of the Year Under $50 Million in Revenue
Optoro

Optoro accepts award.
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, Mike Goynes of Optoro and Alex Sevilla of Houlihan Lokey as Goynes accepts the Tech Company of the Year Under $50 Million in Revenue award on behalf of Optoro.

Optoro transforms the way retailers process and sell their returned and excess inventory. Through innovative data analytics, Optoro’s software platform determines the best path for returned and excess goods, which simultaneously maximizes recovery value, enables consumers to get great deals, and reduces environmental waste. By cutting out the long chain of middlemen in the reverse supply chain and facilitating the reuse of used but perfectly functional products, Optoro also has helped pioneer sustainable commerce and lower the carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and selling goods.

Tech Company of the Year Over $50 Million in Revenue
Appian

Appian accepts award.
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, Marc Wilson of Appian and Mac Curtis of Vencore as Wilson accepts the Tech Company of the Year Over $50 Million in Revenue award on behalf of Appian.

Appian makes building, launching, using, and changing powerful enterprise applications easy. Appian delivers an enterprise application platform that unites users with all their data, processes, and collaborations—in one environment, on any mobile device—through a simple social interface.

Tech Award Finalists:

NVTC Associate Member of the Year

  • Blackstone Counsel
  • Sage Communications
  • Silicon Valley Bank (Winner)

    Tech Executive of the Year

  • Marilyn Crouther, HP Enterprise Services (Winner)
  • Lisa Hook, Neustar
  • Neil Siegel, Ph.D., Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Barry Barlow, Vencore
  • Rodney Rogers, Virtustream

    Innovative Use of Technology

  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • PFP Cybersecurity
  • Social SafeGuard
  • Virtustream (Winner)
  • XO Communications

    Tech Company of the Year Under $50 Million in Revenue

  • Avizia
  • BlackMesh
  • Endgame
  • Optoro (Winner)
  • ThreatConnect

    Tech Company of the Year Over $50 Million in Revenue

  • Appian (Winner)
  • Opower
  • ScienceLogic
  • Virtustream