TechTalent Awards

The TechTalent Awards is open to any Arizona-based individuals working for a local technology company, whether you're in SaaS or working on building the next Starship Enterprise. Nominate yourself, a friend, colleague, employee, your mom...as long as they’ve got the chops to back it up, we want to know about them. One goal of TechTalent AZ is to recognize and promote our local talent pool in an effort to sustain and grow it. By championing the individuals who dedicate themselves to the success of Arizona’s technology companies, we will further support the effort to attract and retain tech talent. Furthermore, the TechTalent Awards will also distinguish forward-thinking individuals for their skill, dexterity and the work they do for their organizations.

We’re on a mission to find and celebrate the Valley’s top emerging tech talent.

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2017 TechTalent AZ Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 winners and finalists! And thank you for your steadfast commitment to actively raising the tide for all tech talent in Arizona

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Community

Daniel Venezuela

Daniel Valenzuela

City Councilman

Phoenix City Council District 5

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Customer Experience

Terri O'Shaughnessy

Terri O'Shaughnessy

Director of Client Success

Tallwave

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Infrastructure

Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells

VP of Amazon Strategy

Tuft & Needle

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Growth

Tallwave

Tallwave

Company

2017 Runners Up

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Community: Thomas Kaufmann, founder of OTOjOY

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Infrastructure: Scott Williams, director of software development

From IT infrastructure to security, communications to software development, and customer journey mapping to marketing, it takes a lot to keep a successful tech company soaring.

The TechTalent awards honors individuals or teams who have made a significant impact in their organization and/or the community. These shooting stars go above and beyond the call of duty –– working tirelessly to innovate and challenge the status quo, motivate their colleagues, leverage data in all new ways, and develop solutions to business problems. As a result of their savvy and steadfast commitment, they’re actively raising the tide for all tech talent in AZ.

It’s high time they be recognized for their grit and determination.

Know someone you think should be awarded?

Who Should Apply?

The TechTalent Awards is open to any Arizona-based individuals or teams working for a local technology company, whether you're in SaaS or working on building the next Starship Enterprise. Nominate yourself, a friend, colleagues, employees, your mom...as long as they’ve got the chops to back it up, we want to know about them.

Why Apply?

One goal of TechTalent AZ is to recognize and promote our local talent pool in an effort to sustain and grow it. By championing the individuals and teams who dedicate themselves to the success of Arizona’s technology companies, we will further support the effort to attract and retain tech talent. Furthermore, the TechTalent Awards will also distinguish forward-thinking individuals and teams for their skill, dexterity and the work they do for their organizations.

What's in it for the winners?

As a winner, you will...

  • Receive an awesome, one-of-a-kind trophy created by a local artist
  • Be featured on The SuccessLab Podcast
  • Be included in all media outreach materials
  • Get profiled in the TechTalent blog post series

Roles May Include

  • Software or Web Developer
  • Marketer
  • Customer Success Director
  • Programmer
  • Data Security Analyst
  • IT Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • Engineer
  • Sales Manager
  • Process Designer

Award Categories

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Community

Know someone or a team of someones who have done something to raise the tech savvy of the community or support the development of others?

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Infrastructure

This person or team has built a program or process that has somehow improved the overall product, reduced costs or tightened up an internal process.

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Growth

Customer acquisition and retention is of course the lifeblood of any company, this person or team has created a marketing or sales campaign, process, methodology that has helped boost the company’s bottom line.

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Customer Experience

Personas, the customer journey, experience mapping...it’s all about the customer experience. This person or team has created an innovative way to solve a problem, or surprise and delight for your customers.

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Emerging Talent

Students are doing amazing things in tech today...many launching their own ventures before they even graduate. If you know of a student or team of students who are rising stars in the tech space, we want to know about them too!

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How to Apply

  • Choose a Category
  • Prepare a short bio

    Up to 300 words

  • Tell the story of how this person or group of individuals made a difference

    Please include results achieved within the past year, one to two examples and/or metrics that demonstrate their impact (i.e. customer acquisition, people reached, retention, etc.), and any other pertinent facts or figures. We want to know about the impact they made through their tech savvy.
    Up to 700 words

  • Provide a Letter of Recommendation (optional)
  • Provide Links for the nominees...
    • LinkedIn profile
    • Twitter handle
    • GitHub profile (if available)
    • along with other relevant links
  • Provide Supporting Materials (optional)

    If you have PDFs, screen shots, media clips, or any other collateral that will help illustrate the above story, please include those. (PDF, jpeg, png, txt files only)

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Meet The Judges

Ji Mi Choi

Associate Vice President at Arizona State University

Ji Mi Choi is an associate vice president at Arizona State University leading corporate engagement, economic development, and entrepreneurship and innovation in service to schools and units across the institution and the greater community. She has previously served in various fast-paced and evolving roles at NYU and Columbia University. Ji Mi has served in leadership roles for the United Nations Development Programme and in various capacities for numerous start-up organizations—not-for- profit and for profit and has been involved in political campaigns.

Todd Belfer

Managing Partner at Canal Partners

Todd is a managing partner at Canal Partners, a private equity firm that provides professional investor capital to software and internet technology companies. Canal Partners generally looks to invest $1 to $5 million in companies that are highly scalable, revenue generating, and growth oriented.

Dan Tyre

Director of HubSpot

Senior level software executive, advisory & governance board member with extensive experience in hyper-growth environments from start-up to $1B+ sales. Skilled at inbound marketing, inbound sales, inbound service & building a culture of personal responsibility and achievement. My goal for the next 30 years is to do the most good in the universe.

Diana Vowels

General Manager at Galvanize Phoenix

Diana Vowels is General Manager for Galvanize Phoenix, one of eight campuses nationwide. Galvanize teaches web development and data science programs and Diana leads day to day activities of the campus to ensure Galvanize delivers exceptional, consistent experiences to all members, students and entrepreneurs.

Mark Yeager

President of Yeager Marketing

Mark leads the internal Yeager team to develop marketing programs that exceed the objectives of leading technology organizations. He leverages more than 25 years of senior-level marketing leadership with companies such as CA Technologies, Pragmatic Marketing and iLinc Communications to help the Yeager team align complex client challenges with award-winning, next-generation solutions.

Andrea Lechner-Becker

Chief Strategy Officer

Andrea Lechner-Becker brings a feisty passion for all things digital marketing and an awkward last name that almost rhymes but not quite. With years of experience managing various CRM and emarketing platforms, Andrea dives headfirst into cutting-edge technology and revels in finding, testing and optimizing the "next big thing."

Jonathan Cottrell

Starter | Community builder | People lover | #yesphx

I serve entrepreneurs and innovators in Love as a technology problem-solver and startup community builder.

Robert Wallace

Partner & EVP, Marketing at Tallwave and Contributor at Entrepreneur.com & Tech.co

Robert has 20 years of experience with startups and fast-growth companies, with a track record for developing high-performing brands, marketing initiatives, and products that drive revenue. His industry experience includes business services, market research, e-commerce, footwear and apparel. He’s held leadership roles at pioneering companies such as Airwalk International, and Affinnova/Nielsen.

Randy Gustafson

Vice President, Innovation – The Arizona Commerce Authority

Randy is a senior executive leader able to achieve hallmark results with skills shaped by the best practices of multiple, diverse industries, including: U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarines, hi-tech Government and Defense contracting, consumer brand and product marketing, hedge fund investing for high-net worth and institutional clients, management and strategic consulting for start-up and early stage companies, and online SEO and Lead Generation marketing.

Sahil Saini

Founder at AKOS

Sahil is the founder of AKOS, an agile digital agency. His experience and knowledge in building robust marketable solutions brings in a unique perspective to product development lifecycle and multi-channel marketing strategies. Sahil geeks out on re-structuring unsuccessful information architectures and building marketing campaigns backed by market validated data analytics.

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