Log in

Log in

Shining a spotlight on the contributions of information technology students and professionals, the Leadership Award recognizes individuals and teams exemplifying Technology First Values to connect, strengthen and champion our Technology Community. The Technology First Leadership Awards work to ensure a vibrant Southwest Ohio IT community. 

The annual event is sponsored by many local organizations, including SOCHE, Dayton Development Coalition, Montgomery County Business Solution Center, and Project Management Institute – Dayton/Miami Valley Ohio.

9th Annual Technology First Leadership Awards

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Leadership Awards serve to recognize individuals and teams exemplifying Technology First values: Creating a Community to Share Knowledge, Grow Business, and Build for the Future

Registration is OPEN

The finalists for this year’s awards are:

Best IT Services Company

McCracken Group, Inc.


Smart Data

Career Champion Award

Tech Elevator


Kable Academy

Emerging Technology Leader

Julie Myers - University of Dayton

Kyle Jones - Sinclair Community College

Cheryl Palafox-Stewart - Sinclair Community College

IT Executive of the Year

Stephanie Singer - LexisNexis

Marty Larson - Ascend Innovations/Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association

Jason Eskew - CareSource

IT Project of the Year

Hope Center Technology Project

CareInsights Project

Metrie Project

Outstanding Technology Team

The KH Information Systems Senior Leadership Team

CareSource Team

Winsupply Inc team

The winners for this year's Award of Excellence are:

High School Award of Excellence: Sha'Maria Barton, Miami Valley CTC (Northmont H.S.)

College Award of Excellence: Ryan Murphy, Christopher Broach, and Madison Willis, Wright State University

The winners for this year's Most Promising Startup is:

Most Promising Startup: MinedXAI

Technology First is proud to recognize

Our Legacy of Leaders!

Outstanding/Innovative Technology Team

CareSource IT Team - 2021

Sinclair College, Application Administration Team - 2020

Midmark Corporation, Technical Integration Team - 2019

Speedway - Team Insight - 2018

University of Dayton - UDit – Safe Computing Project - 2017

Speedway - Speedy Rewards Agile Project - 2016

Midmark Customer Tracking System Project - 2016

Hobart Service - 2015

University of Dayton Information Technologies - 2015 Academic

Lion Protects – 2014

Midmark - 2015 Enterprise

Best IT Services Company

Cincinnati Bell - 2021

TEKsystems - 2020

Smart Data - 2019

Expedient Technology Solutions - 2018

Netdemics - 2017

Afidence - 2016

Mafazo: Digital Solutions - 2015

Lighthouse Technologies – 2014

IT Executive of the Year

Christopher Kuhl, Dayton Children's - 2021

David Goodwin, ATC - 2020

Karl Konsdorf, Sinclair College - 2019

Tina Bustillo, Pi-Tech, Inc. - 2018

James Alford, Montgomery County Data Processing - 2018

Monique McGlinch, Midmark - 2017

John Huelsman, Director of IT, Hobart Service - 2016

Mark Human, Booze Allen - 2015

Steve Hangen, Mikesell's - 2014

Tim Hull - 2014 Community Advocate

Emerging Technology Leader

Christina Sease, CareSource - 2021

Nick Enger, ATC - 2020

Nicole Robbins, Midmark Corporation - 2019

Jon Scruggs, Hobart Service - 2018

James Keating, DataYard – 2017

IT Project of the Year

Kettering Health - 2021

Hobart Service - 2020

Most Promising Startup

Mile Two - 2021

Recless Tech - 2020

Ascend Innovations - 2019

Global Flyte, LLC - 2018

Volunteer of the Year

Paul Moorman - 2021

Career Champion

Expedient Technology Solutions - 2021

Award of Excellence - Student Project

Wright State University - Pet Adoption Speed Prediction: A Data Mining Approach - 2021

Timothy Haas, Wright State University - 2020

Cedarville University - IoT Laundry Monitoring System Team - 2019

University of Dayton - Whirlpool Corporation Team - 2018

Cedarville University/SIL International – Bible Story Producer App - 2017

University of Dayton MIS/Mikesell's Intranet Project - 2016

Clark State Community College - 2015

Hanen Alkhafaji, PQ Systems – 2014

Award of Excellence - High School Student

Qiancong Li (John), Miami Valley CTC - 2021

Meet our annual partners

Our Annual Partners share a common goal: to connect, strengthen and champion the technology community in our region. A Technology First Annual Partner is an elite member leading the support, development and expansion of Technology First services. In return, Annual Partners improve community visibility and increase their revenue. Make a difference in our region and your business. 

Become a partner

Technology First

1435 Cincinnati St, Ste 300, Dayton Ohio 45417

© Technology First, All Rights Reserved