Tampa Bay Technology Forum Announces Winners of the 8th Annual Industry Achievement Awards
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Fla. – (Nov. 7, 2011) -- The Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF), Central
Florida’s largest and most influential technology association, announced the
winners of its 8th Annual Industry Achievement Awards at a black-tie awards
gala Friday evening. The awards celebrate the best and brightest in Tampa
Bay’s technology community. Winners were selected by a distinguished panel of
judges and were honored in front of more than 400 industry professionals and
decision-makers.Emerging Technology Company of the Year:
The 2011 Industry Achievement Award winners are:
Savtira Corporation - Based in Tampa, Florida, Savtira
is in the business of digital distribution with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
eCommerce platform that is a turnkey system for the distribution, marketing,
merchandising, and selling of both digital media and physical goods in a single
store and a single, unified shopping cart. Savtira-powered stores are designed
to meet the specific needs of retail partners so no two eStores are alike.
Company of the Year:
- Based in Clearwater, Florida, eMASON
is among the nation’s 500 fastest-growing private companies, according to Inc.
magazine. eMASON, Inc. is the developer of Clarifire®, a Software as a Service
(SaaS) solution available on a secure, private cloud. Unlike other
applications, Clarifire allows clients to tailor their automated business
processes to evolving business rules and ever-changing regulatory requirements
-- at any time.
in Service Award:
- Since 2001 myMatrixx
has focused on making the processes associated with workers' compensation
claims easy and simple. They provide self-insured employers, third party
administrators, managed care companies, and workers' compensation and auto
insurance companies with the appropriate information to make solid business
decisions. Their ultimate goal: turning pharmacy and ancillary benefit
management into a paperless industry.
Supporter of the Year:
of Science and Industry - MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational
resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding
of science, industry, and technology. With a total size of over 400,000 square
feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and
home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. MOSI is the proud
winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums.
Bakunas, Bridgeline Digital – Bakunas joined Bridgeline
Digital last month as senior vice president and general
manager for the Florida region when Bridgeline acquired Magnetic Corp. where
Bakunas was CEO. Under Bakunas’ leadership, Magnetic had annual sales of over
$2 million and was profitable in 2010. Bakunas was recently selected as a
Business Woman of the Year Finalist by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Kevin Hourigan, Bayshore Solutions - Kevin Hourigan has led his web
design and web development firm through the brink of the dot-com meltdown in
early 2000's to today's high-energy, high-performance digital marketing agency.By
continually applying lessons and successes in Website Design, Web Development,
Search Engine Optimization, Social Media and Interactive Marketing to the
business dynamics and opportunities of today, Kevin has piloted Bayshore Solutions
to earn an impressive roster of victorious clients whose own companies have
grown significantly through their online initiatives.
awards were handed out at the Havana Nights themed gala at the A La Carte
Pavilion in Tampa. The night, emceed by Veronica Cintron, news anchor/reporter
at Bay News 9, included a cocktail reception, dinner and the awards
presentation, and a festive Latin-style dessert reception with live music,
cigars, and casino games..
Gala sponsors included CIBER as the title sponsor, along with CDW, Bay Area
Business Magazine, AVI-SPL, Bright House Network Business
Solutions, Chetu, Genesis Direct, IT Authorities and Veredus.
About Tampa Bay Technology Forum
in 2000, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) is a non-profit membership
association committed to connecting and growing the technology community in
Tampa Bay. TBTF’s 300+ member companies represent technology entrepreneurs,
business and community leaders, investors, government representatives,
researchers and educators. For more information, visit www.tbtf.org.