Dan Bannister and CTOs cited for achievements

Gala unveils first NVTC/Washington Technology CTO awards

Dan Bannister, chairman emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and chief executive of Bannister Enterprises, led a series of technology executives and companies to be honored at Tech Celebration, the NVTC’s annual banquet.

Bannister was honored Tuesday evening for his years of leadership and service to the technology community and to the NVTC.

The inaugural NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards paid tribute to the honorees’ critical contributions and leadership in their own companies. The winners and finalists were:

Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards Large Company.

  • Venkatapathi Puvvada, Unisys (Winner).
  • R. Kent Buchanan, Harris Corp.
  • Deborah Dunie, CACI International Inc.
  • Richard Johnson, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
  • Van Ristau, DLT Solutions.

Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards Midsize Company.

  • Robert Groat, Smartronix (Winner).
  • Mark Haynie, Micro Focus.
  • Dr. Stephen Huffman, The Mitre Corp.
  • Dr. H. Gilbert Miller, Noblis.

Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards Small Company.

  • Visagar Shyamsundar, AMCAD (Winner).
  • Magued Barsoum, Fortress Technologies.
  • Tim Hoechst, Agilex Technologies.
  • Malcolm Hyson, Discover Technologies.
  • Khurram Shah, ICS-Nett Inc.

The winners and finalists of NVTC’s second annual Green Awards were recognized for making an impact on the Northern Virginia region through their innovative environmental practices. They were:

Large Company/Organization.

  • ICF International (Winner).
  • Hewlett-Packard.
  • Inova Health System.
  • Neustar.

Small Company/Organization.

  • EcomNets (Winner).
  • Vesper Wind.
  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

In his keynote address, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers urged business, government and technology to work together, not at cross purposes, to foster innovation, which he called the real strength of the country.

Chambers said although he is bullish on the innovative aptitude of U.S. entrepreneurship and business, “the business models of the past will be just that.”

The coming next generation of the industrial revolution will be built on a social network structure, he predicted, in which the work is brought to the employee on a virtual basis.

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