Finalists Announced for 7th Annual Nashville Technology Council Awards
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Jan 4, 2016

The Nashville Technology Council announced the finalists for the NTC Awards. Nominees in 13 categories were submitted over two months by the Nashville technology community and finalists were selected by a panel of peers and tech industry leaders. Winners will be announced at the 7th annual NTC Awards ceremony presented by Vaco, held January 28, 2016 at the Event Hall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“The NTC Awards is dedicated to celebrating Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, innovators and institutions,” said Bryan Huddleston, NTC President and CEO. “With the support of our presenting sponsor Vaco and our platinum sponsor Dell, we are able to recognize outstanding individuals and companies in the Nashville region.”

The finalists organized by award include:

Company of the Year
Digital Reasoning

CIO of the Year
Barry Vandevier, Asurion
Rich Amico, Carehere
Chris McLaurin, Perception Health

CISO of the Year
Jacob Arthur, Corizon Health
Bryant Tow, Security Consultant
Scott Mackelprang, Asurion

CTO of the Year
Haden McWhorter, Premise Health
Matthew Russell, Digitial Reasoning
Troy Crabtree, Navita

Team of the Year
HPA – Trizetto
Asurion Voice Services
Tractor Supply

Volunteer of the Year
Sasha Pickett, HCA Healthcare
Meg Chamblee, CTS
Edwin Acevedo

Technology Educator of the Year
Charlie Apigian, MTSU
Kyle Aebischer, Nashville VMUG
Stacey Kizer, Williamson County Schools


Technology Student of the Year
Wesley Alexander, MTSU
Steven Bell, Belmont University
Regan Holmberg
Kevin Talatham, Lipscomb University

Innovator of the Year
Joe Kelly, CDX
Ben Rigsby, Snapshot Interactive
Dan Hogan, Medalogix

Data Scientist of the Year
Damian Mingle, WPC Healthcare
Andrew Trask , Digital Reasoning
John Liu, Digital Reasoning

Software Developer/Architect of the Year
Alan Scott, HCA Healthcare
Charlie Penner, Digital Reasoning
Victor Akel, Deloitte

Marketing Innovator of the Year
John Farkas, Golden Spiral Marketing
Stephen Epstein, Digital Reasoning
Chuck Eberl, Healthways

Early Stage Company of the Year
Atlas Health


More details about each award, its sponsor, and finalists can be found on the NTC Awards website,

Tickets for the January 28th event are on sale now and early-bird pricing available until January 10, 2016. Company tables of 10 people can be purchased through


Nashville Technology Council exists to be a catalyst for the growth and influence of Middle Tennessee’s technology industry. Founded in 1999, The Nashville Technology Council is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit association on advancing the region’s technology industry. The NTC connects, unites, develops, and promotes the Middle Tennessee technology community. It drives an innovative and connected regional economy for technology-based growth.