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TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet Honored Technology’s Best and Brightest

On December 11, over 700 members of the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at TechCelebration, the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC), annual banquet.

After opening introductions by MAXIMUS CEO and NVTC Board Chair Rich Montoni, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg honored Senator John McCain with the Pinnacle Award for his outstanding leadership and service to our country. Kilberg praised Sen. McCain’s courage, character and integrity, determination, strength and respect for our democratic institutions and bipartisan governance, which have guided him throughout his career of public service in the military and in elected office. Sen. McCain’s passionate commitment to strengthening the military, protecting our intelligence resources and providing first class healthcare and other services to our wounded and Veterans drew a special tribute from Kilberg. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) accepted the award on behalf of Sen. McCain, who was unable to attend due to illness.

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Sen. John Barrasso accepted the Pinnacle Award on behalf of Sen. John McCain at TechCelebration on Dec. 11. From left: MAXIMUS CEO and NVTC Board Chair Rich Montoni, Sen. Barrasso and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

Following the Pinnacle Award, Inova Center for Personalized Health CEO and NVTC Chairman Emeritus Todd Stottlemyer introduced Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam who shared his vision for the Commonwealth. Governor-elect Northam called for broadband expansion throughout the state to support economic growth and jobs. He indicated the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship across the Commonwealth to help grow Virginia’s technology ecosystem. He emphasized the need to diversify Virginia’s economy and reduce dependence on federal spending and prepare the Virginia workforce for 21st century jobs in emerging fields like cybersecurity, biotechnology and unmanned aerial systems.

Governor-elect Northam recognized the importance of Metro to the Greater Washington region and the statewide economy and the need to provide dedicated funding. He also highlighted Virginia’s strong position as a Veteran-friendly state and called for continued engagement from the Northern Virginia business community with the goal of doubling the number of Veterans hired over the next four years.

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Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam addressed the TechCelebration audience on Dec. 11

The event also featured the presentation of the 2017 NVTC Tech Awards, honoring groundbreaking companies, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community, and the Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) Veteran Service Award, recognizing NVTC member companies who have demonstrated a superlative level of engagement with the VEI and support for the Veteran community.

Monster Government Solutions Executive Vice President Steve Cooker introduced Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins who presented the VEI Veteran Service Award. Secretary Hopkins praised NVTC member companies’ strong commitment to hiring Veterans and involvement in Virginia Values Veterans (V3), and encouraged more members to become V3-certified.

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Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins presented the VEI Veteran Service Award at TechCelebration.

Congratulations to the following Tech Awards winners: The MITRE Corporation, Tech Patent of the Year; Larry Prior of CSRA, Tech Executive of the Year; REAN Cloud, Tech Company of the Year (Under $50 Million in Revenue); Appian, Tech Company of the Year (Over $50 Million in Revenue); and PRISM Inc., VEI Veteran Service Award. For a full list of winners and finalists click here.