Serial entrepreneur Kurt Long, founder and CEO of security software and solutions provider FairWarning (www.FairWarningAudit.com), was chosen as Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year at last night’s 3rd Annual Industry Achievement Awards Gala. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com), was presented with TBTF’s inaugural Visionary Achievement Award for the extraordinary success and influence of his online, peer authored and produced encyclopedia.
Tampa, FL – (Nov. 10, 2006) – Serial entrepreneur Kurt Long, founder and CEO of security software and solutions provider FairWarning (www.FairWarningAudit.com), was chosen as Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year at last night’s 3rd Annual Industry Achievement Awards Gala. The event, held at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Tampa, is the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s (TBTF’s) annual celebration of excellence and leadership of technology companies and individuals in the Bay area. Over 400 TBTF members and guests attended.
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com), was presented with TBTF’s inaugural Visionary Achievement Award for the extraordinary success and influence of his online, peer authored and produced encyclopedia. Susan D. Whiting, president and chief executive officer of VNU Media Measurement & Information and Nielsen Media Research, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
“The winners of this year’s Industry Achievement Awards – and certainly our finalists as well – paint a beautiful picture of the diversity and innovative capacity of this region’s technology community,” said Andy Hafer, president and chief executive officer of TBTF. “We’re extremely proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued success.”
Industry Achievement Award categories and winners are:
Innovation of the Year: Electronic Learning Products, Inc. (www.elpcorp.com) Electronic Learning Products, Inc. is a software platform company that uses its real time pitch tracking and speech recognition technology to create products for an increasing wide range of educational purposes.
Technology Professional of the Year: Shyam “Sam” Mohapatra, chief technology officer, TransGenex Nanobiotech (www.transgenex.com)
TransGenex is a start-up biotech company established in 2002 to advance nanoparticle biotechnology research and develop novel and cost-effective detection as well as target drug delivery techniques for many chronic and life- threatening diseases.
Emerging Technology Company of the Year: Surgical Safety Institute (www.surgicalsafetyinstitute.com) The Company provides technology, training and on-going support to healthcare institutions in order to prevent surgical error in the operating room.
Quantum Leap Technology Award: Creative Recycling Systems (www.crserecycling.com)
Creative Recycling Systems provides the private and public sectors with electronics recycling solutions that represent a viable, economical alternative to environmental contamination.
Community Outreach Award: Bright House Networks (www.mybrighthouse.com)
Bright House Networks is the nation’s 6th largest Multi-Service Operator (MSO) with over 2 million customers in several large markets nationwide.
The 3rd Annual Industry Achievement Awards Gala was sponsored by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Akerman Senterfitt, Bowne, Bright House Networks, Judge Group, Insight, Nielsen Media Research, Persystent Technologies, Proggex, and Protiviti.
About the Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Founded in 2000, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) is a professional association whose members work together to make the Bay area a place where technology and innovation thrive. TBTF’s 400+ member organizations represent more than 40,000 employees include technology entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, investors, government representatives, researchers and educators. For more information, visit www.tbtf.org.