Nashville Tech Leaders Announced at 11th Annual NTC Awards
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Jan 23, 2020

The Nashville Technology Council announced the winners of the 11th Annual NTC Awards at a packed Wildhorse Saloon on Thursday night, presented by C Spire.

The event, co-hosted by Markeith Braden, Founder & CEO of Markeith Braden & Company, and Vanessa Newman, M.ED, Founder and Chief People Officer of NewmanSloane Group, brought together more than 675 registered attendees — representing more than 136 Tennessee technology companies and related organizations. All were present to celebrate this year’s technology champions in fourteen categories.  Dell Nashville provided support as the Platinum Sponsor.

“The NTC Awards is an opportunity to celebrate our region’s tech leaders for the work they’ve done in Nashville’s technology community,” said Brian Moyer, NTC President and CEO. “Whether it’s a company, a team, or an individual; a member of the ‘C-Suite’ or a developer; or a community leader or a diversity game changer, the NTC Awards recognize the people that are making Nashville the destination for creative and innovative technology, and contributing to Middle Tennessee’s growth and prosperity.”

Special recognition was also bestowed on John Anderson, of RCG-Telecom Department as a Service, who was announced at the NTC Awards as NTC’s Champion of the Year!

And the winners of the 11th Annual NTC Awards are:

CIO of the Year:
David Houghton from Ingram Barge

Community Leader of the Year:
Zach Gemignani from Juice Analytics

CTO of the Year:
Doug Powers from Realtracs

Data Scientist of the Year:
Charlie Apigian from MTSU

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year:
Middle Tennessee State University,
Women in STEM Center

Emerging Leader of the Year:
Matthew Drewes from the State of Tennessee

Infrastructure Leader of the Year:
Daniel Mendek from HPA, a Cognizant Company

Innovator of the Year:
Caleb Sawyer from L3Harris

Security Leader of the Year:
Mark Geeslin from Asurion

Software Developer of the Year:
Rebecca Cronin-Dixon from Eventbrite

Team of the Year:
Healthcare Bluebook

Technology Company of the Year:

Tech Start Up of the Year:

Technology Student of the Year:
Luis Lange from MTSU

The design of this year’s award website was produced by Oak Ridge Association Management Company and Push Focus led the event’s video production.

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



About the Greater Nashville Technology Council

The Greater Nashville Technology Council is the leading voice and advocate for Middle Tennessee’s $7.5 billion information technology ecosystem; and the 50,000 technology professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers our region’s economy. Our mission is to strengthen and advance the technology sector by bringing together companies, philanthropies, government, universities, and talent to create opportunity and growth. For more information, please go to: