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

Last night, the Northern Virginia technology community gathered at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet. The event featured the presentation of the inaugural 2014 NVTC Tech Awards, a new 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 and Innovative Use of Technology Award were chosen by an independent panel of judges. The two Technology Company of the Year Awards finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges and the winners of those two awards were selected by online voting leading up to and during the event.

Pinnacle Award.
From left: NVTC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Acentia; Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO and President Wes Bush, winner of the Pinnacle Award; presenter Elaine Marion of ePlus; and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

The event also featured Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO and President Wes Bush, who made remarks in accepting the new Pinnacle Award for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the Northern Virginia technology community. Immediately after taking on the role of CEO in January 2010, Bush announced that the company would move from California to Northern Virginia to be closer to its government customers. In his remarks, Bush explained how Virginia’s pro-business, low tax, limited regulation environment was a benefit of moving to our region. Bush also discussed the need for innovation in national security, saying “We are all aware of the Department of Defense’s recent calls for more spending on research and development, as we work to ensure the long-term technological superiority of our national security capabilities. This renewed focus is, I believe, critical to our long-term security. We need to be driving more innovation and leveraging a breadth of technologies from across U.S. industry to enhance our edge.”

Wes Bush.
Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO and President Wes Bush makes his remarks in receiving the Pinnacle Award at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet on Dec. 8.

Since moving its headquarters to Northern Virginia, Bush and Northrop Grumman have assumed an important leadership role in our Northern Virginia business community. Bush spearheaded the fight against sequestration for the industry and leads Northrop’s philanthropic efforts, including STEM education and veterans employment, among many other initiatives in the area. Earlier this year, Northrop Grumman committed $250,000 over two years as the lead sponsor of the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative. During his remarks, Bush said that Northrop Grumman is fortunate to be based in Northern Virginia, and commended the work NVTC has done in the region.

Lifetime Achievement Award.
From left, NVTC Vice Chair Todd Stottlemyer of Acentia; Earle C. Williams; Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Dr. Bob Templin, president of Northern Virginia Community College; and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

During the event, NVTC also honored Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) President Bob Templin, who accepted the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to a person whose lifetime personal and professional endeavors have made a significant impact on the Northern Virginia technology community. Templin, who is retiring in early 2015, has made exceptional contributions to the health and vibrancy of the region’s technology community. Throughout his 20 years in Northern Virginia, Templin has distinguished himself as a leader in education, workforce training, and economic development through his tenures as president of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), senior fellow at the Morino Institute, and, since 2002, president of NOVA.

Bob Templin.
Northern Virginia Community College President Bob Templin accepts the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet on Dec. 8.