Finance professionals honored for their exceptional contribution to the growth of the region’s technology community

McLean, Virginia (April 25, 2022) – The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC),the trade association representing the region’s technology community, today announced the finalists of the 2022 NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards and the 2022 Class of NVTC Rising Stars. In its 26th year, these annual awards recognize chief financial officers and financiers for their extraordinary achievement and excellence in promoting the economic development of our region’s technology community. The winners will be announced at the NVTC awards ceremony on June 6, 2022 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

“This year’s finalists showcase strong business acumen and practical knowledge and have made invaluable contributions to our tech community. Their financial leadership and commitment to growing financially-secure innovative businesses plays a critical role in making our region the largest and most influential tech hub in the nation,” said Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of NVTC. “And, once again, this year’s rising stars represent our best and brightest NextGen leaders who will make great contributions in their careers. Congratulations!”

This year’s program attracted over 50 nominations from companies, organizations and individuals.

“We were very impressed with this year’s nominees. Our judges panel consisted of former CFO award winners who set the tone for this new wave of finalists. It comes as no surprise that the finalists selected are some of the most dedicated and innovative business leaders in the area,” remarked Olivier Bouwer, Partner, PwC. Bouwer is the chairman of this year’s awards program.

Category finalists for the 2022 NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards include:

Emerging Growth CFO of the Year
Mark Cutler, Jazz Solutions Inc.
David Farnsworth, HawkEye 360
Isaac He, Verato
Daniel Lynam, Sanford Federal, Inc.
Shannan Winkler, IntelliDyne, LLC

Private Company CFO of the Year
Tricia Benedix, Higher Logic
Jeff Cook, Octo
Heather Paduck, STACK Infrastructure
Jill Streit, PenFed Credit Union
Wilson Wang, MITRE

Public Company CFO of the Year
Christian Gates, NextNav
Thomas Kramer, IonQ
Billy Newman, Cvent
Ken Sharp, DXC Technology
Vit Vasista, REGENXBIO

Financier of the Year
Blue Delta Capital Partners
Clearsight Advisors, Inc.
Sam Maness, Raymond James
Jason Rigoli, Enlightenment Capital

NVTC’s Rising Stars are mid-level financial professionals who have made a significant financial impact at their organizations and demonstrate strong leadership potential.

2022 Class of Rising Stars
Abby Clawson, Axios
Meghan Gifford, Octo
AJ Gollinger,
Ryan Heiling, Morning Consult
Lindsay Joyce, Booz Allen Hamilton
Jonathan Sabo, Unanet

To attend the Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards ceremony on June 6, please register here.


Tarin Horan
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)

Elizabeth Rhee
Merritt Group
(703) 475-2099

About the Northern Virginia Technology Council

NVTC is the trade association representing the Northern Virginia technology community. As one of the nation’s largest technology councils, we serve companies from all sectors of the industry, from small businesses and startups to Fortune 100 technology companies, government contractors, as well as service providers, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. More than 400 members look to the organization as a resource for networking and educational opportunities, peer-to-peer communities, policy advocacy, industry promotion, fostering of strategic relationships, and branding of the region as a major global technology center. Learn more athttp://