Nashville’s Tech Best Announced at 12th Annual NTC Awards
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Apr 15, 2021

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The Greater Nashville Technology Council announced the winners of the 12th Annual NTC Awards, live broadcast from Stage Post Studios to hundreds of online attendees on Thursday evening. This was the first time the event was a hybrid in-person and virtually webcast program. 

The event, co-hosted by Brian Moyer, CEO and President of the Greater Nashville Technology Council, and Derek Young, corporate leader, community leader, and author, brought together more than 400 registered virtual attendees — representing more than 97 technology companies and related organizations in Middle Tennessee. All were present to celebrate this year’s technology champions in fifteen categories, including two new awards: Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year and Technology Educator of the Year.

“This past year presented challenges for our region and country that we never could have anticipated. And through it all, the greater Nashville tech community continued to shine by giving freely to assist those in need, by innovating to solve problems, and by protecting and supporting our local tech workforce,” said Brian Moyer.  “For twelve years, the NTC Awards has recognized the people that make Nashville the destination for creative and innovative technology, and contributing to Middle Tennessee’s growth and prosperity. This year, it felt all the more important to celebrate our region’s tech leaders and their impactful work.”

This year’s NTC Awards winners are listed below. Special recognition was bestowed on Lindsey Morgan, of Vaco, who was announced as NTC’s Champion of the Year.


CIO of the Year:
Stephanie Dedmon, State of Tennessee
Community Leader of the Year:
Alishah Novin, Celero Commerce
CTO of the Year:
Cory Moore, Ingram Barge Corporation
Data Scientist of the Year:
Edmund Jackson, HCA Healthcare
Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year:
Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year:
Amy Harris, MTSU
Emerging Leader of the Year:
Austin Dirks, GreenLight Medical
Infrastructure Leader of the Year:
Billy Thurman, Ingram Barge Company
Innovator of the Year:
Kathleen Ongena, RDR Wellness Inc
Security Leader of the Year:
Curtis Clan, State of Tennessee
Software Developer of the Year:
Shree Mijarguttu, BOS Framework, Inc
Team of the Year:
L3 Harris ForceX
Technology Company of the Year:
Tractor Supply Company
Tech Start Up of the Year:
Healing Innovations
Technology Educator of the Year:
Richard Greene


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Thank you to the following organizations for sponsoring this year’s NTC Awards:




MTSU + Vanderbilt University

Red Hat






HCA Healthcare






Invest in Northern Ireland


Arctic Wolf


Oak Ridge Association Management Company

Software Engineer of the Year

Technology Company of the Year

Technology Educator of the Year

Data Scientist of the Year

Technology Team of the Year

CIO of the Year

CTO of the Year

Security Leader of the Year

Innovator of the Year

Community Leader of the Year

Emerging Leader of the Year

Infrastructure Engineer of the Year

Technology Start-Up of the Year

Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year

Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Cocktail Sponsor

Finalist Luncheon Sponsor

Podcast Sponsor/Winners Circle

Photobooth Sponsor

Website Sponsor


The NTC Team worked with a dream team of organizations to produce the NTC Awards. The design of this year’s NTC Awards guitars and logo was created by Golden Spiral. Event production assistance provided by Oak Ridge Association Management Company. The digital event program was produced by Kaleb Gonyea. The amenities kits were provided by Woodland Wine Merchant and Gospel of CocktailChef’s Market provided the catering. The virtual program was hosted and streamed via Lunchpool. The on-site photographer was Nathan Zucker. The in-person event for finalists and sponsors was hosted at Stage Post Studios, and their video crew produced the live video webcast. And finally, Push Focus led the event’s video production. 

Special thanks to Lauren Henslee, Dominique Butts and the NTC Team.

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