TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet Highlights the Industry’s Best

On Oct. 19, the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet. The event featured the presentation of the 2015 NVTC Tech Awards, an awards program honoring groundbreaking companies/firms, leaders and innovations in our region's technology community. The finalists and winners of the NVTC Associate Member of the Year Award, Tech Executive of the Year Award, Innovative Use of Technology Award, Technology Company of the Year Award (Under $50 Million in Revenue) and Technology Company of the Year (Over $50 Million in Revenue) were chosen by an independent panel of judges. Click here to read more about the finalists and winners of the 2015 Tech Awards.

In addition to the Tech Awards, the event also featured David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, who made remarks in accepting the Pinnacle Award for his extraordinary generosity and commitment to improving the quality of life of our community, region, state and nation. Rubenstein, a financier and philanthropist, co-founded The Carlyle Group and helped it grow into one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Rubenstein is deeply dedicated to preserving the history of the country and in the importance of providing educational opportunities to a diverse population of young people.

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From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, David M. Rubenstein, Elaine Marion of ePlus and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg as Rubenstein accepts the Pinnacle Award.

During his address, Rubenstein encouraged technology executives to give back to the community. Northern Virginia has become a tech leader in the U.S. because of NVTC’s efforts, he said, and technology has made our lives easier and better. According to Rubenstein, there are important things outside of building companies, however. He asked the audience to act now and make giving a fabric of their lives in order to help make the world a better place. In addition, Rubenstein also asked the audience to stay interested in the arts and humanities as these subjects are important to informing the purposes of technology, he said. Not only should tech and business leaders appreciate English, history and the arts, but they should encourage their kids to do the same.

Chairman’s Award
From left: NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Inova Center for Personalized Health, CIT CEO Pete Jobse, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg as Jobse accepts the Chairman’s Award.

In addition to Rubenstein’s Pinnacle Award, NVTC also presented the Chairman’s Award to Pete Jobse, president and CEO of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). Jobse transformed CIT into a technology consulting and venture investing organization dedicated to accelerating research commercialization, innovation, startup company formation and technology assimilation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under Jobse’s leadership, the CIT GAP Funds, a family of seed- and early-stage investment funds, is reaching a total enterprise value of $1 billion.

During his address, Jobse thanked NVTC for its partnership with CIT, and noted that Northern Virginia has a great future for developing companies in the intellectual property space. Jobse will be stepping down from his role at year’s end to return to the private sector.