Awards Night Archives

Our 9th annual Awards Night was held on May 11, 2010 at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Lynchburg. The keynote address speaker was Mr. Tad Deriso, President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative. The night included a networking reception and dinner followed by the awards presentation and keynote address.

Innovator of the Year sponsored by AREVA
The award for innovation is given to the person or company that has developed an innovative process, product, service, or program that enhances quality of life or greatly advances an existing area of technology.

Educator of the Year sponsored by nTelos
The educator of the year award is given to the K-12 educator that has best championed technology and science learning through hands-on activities with their students. This educator is known for their personal love of learning and known by their peers to be an outstanding educator.

Technology Company of the Year sponsored by Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology
The technology company of the year award is given to the company that has proven itself as a leader in its field, a technology pillar in the community, and an available resource to other technology companies.

Past award winners include:

2010

Technology Company of the Year – ABS Technology Architects

ABS Technology Architects of Lynchburg was awarded for its outstanding tech support to area businesses. The company, headquartered in Virginia Beach, has achieved the Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence rating for eight consecutive years and has grown its revenues from $9.8 million in 2008 to $9.8 million in 2009. Tom Spitnale accepted the award on behalf of the ABS team.

Innovator of the Year – Team Edison2

Team Edison2 of Lynchburg was honored for its design and creation of “The Very Light Car”, a sustainable vehicle capable of getting 125 miles to the gallon with no sacrifice to passenger safety. The car is a contender in the $10 million Automotive X-Prize competition and inspires a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon. Team Edison2 owner Oliver Kuttner accepted the award on behalf of the design team.

Educator of the Year – Mrs. Marcia Yochum, Virginia Episcopal School

Marcia Yochum, a high school physics teacher and chair of the science department at Virginia Episcopal School, was honored for her achievements in making science and technology education fun and relevant for students.

2009

Technology Company of the Year – Sterling Blower Systems

Sterling Blower Systems was chosen for their business adaptation to the need for greener products and for becoming a true leader in the recycling business; designing, engineering, and manufacturing recycling systems for a wide variety of companies and government agencies.

Innovator of the Year – CMC Rebar Virginia

CMC Rebar was chosen for their innovative approach to developing a technical training center that is resulting in the creation of a highly skilled workforce here in Region 2000.

Educator of the Year – Mr. Jeff Schleicher, E.C. Glass High School

Mr. Jeff Schleicher was chosen for his outstanding career as the precision machining instructor at E.C. Glass High School. With over 30 years in education he developed his lab into one of the best high school labs in the state, which has produced some of the finest machinists in the area.

2008

Educator of the Year – Kim Hansen, E.C. Glass High School

Mrs. Kim Hansen was chosen for her dedication and leadership to FIRST Robotics Team 600 at E.C. Glass High School where she has coached the team for the past four years.

Innovator of the Year – Robert Hartman

Mr. Robert Hartman was chosen for his innovate approach to the invention of a battery wash station for industrial equipment.

Technology Company of the Year – Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Inc.

AMTI was chosen for their entrepreneurial spirit and success in “product-to-market” services. The company was started by ex-Ericson employees who decided to stay in Lynchburg and hire local talent that felt the same way about the community.

Technology Champion of the Year – Lee Cobb

Mr. Lee Cobb was chosen for his many years of dedicated service in economic development to the communities and companies in Region 2000. Mr. Cobb has been an instrumental player in moving the local focus towards technology-based economic development.

2007

Educator of the Year – Clara Jo Elder, Appomattox County High School

Ms. Clara Jo Elder, teacher at Appomattox County High School was chosen last year for her work as a pioneer in developing the curriculum behind Nuclear Science at Appomattox County High School.

Innovator of the Year – Dr. Tom Morgan

Dr. Tom Morgan, Founder and Director of Central Virginia Governor’s School was chosen for his innovative advancement of technology that has not only benefited students in our Governor’s School but for all K-12 students across Central Virginia.

Technology Company of the Year – TRAX Tech Services

TRAX Tech Services was chosen for their entrepreneurial success, growing from two employees to 16 full-time and 2 part-time employees with customer base growth from one customer to over two hundred in less than three years.

2006

Educator of the Year – Carrie Lewis, R.S. Payne Elementary School

Carrie Lewis was chosen for creating an environment in her class that combines her dedication to the teaching profession, personal commitment to each of her students and proficiency with technology to create a unique educational environment.

Innovator of the Year – Dr. Darrell Staat

Darrell Staat was chosen for his leadership, vision, and innovative thinking have allowed this region to position itself to provide technical training for our 21st century workforce.

Technology Champion of the Year – Bill Guzek

Bill Guzek was chosen for his active involvement in driving several technology-based economic development initiatives in Region 2000, most notably the CAER.

Technology Company of the Year – AREVA

AREVA was chosen for their demonstrable commitment to developing new technologies in the region by supporting numerous workforce related activities that will benefit future generations.

2005

Entrepreneur of the Year – Blue Ridge Test

Blue Ridge Test was chosen for their company’s success in establishing their business over the past year and making great strides in securing a successful future.

Educator of the Year – Jason Clark, Heritage High School

Jason Clark was chosen for his work in building the CST program and helping his students achieve dynamic results in their pursuits of higher education and careers within the technology sector.

Innovator of the Year – Dramco Inc.

Dramco, Inc. was chosen for their unique process of robotic integration, specifically the marriage of robotic manipulation and ultrasonic welding.

Technology Champion of the Year – Dave Burtis

Dave Burtis, Regional Director for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology was chosen for his tireless and selfless work in assisting local technology start-ups and established companies grow their business.

Technology Company of the Year – Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

Catalyst was chosen for their achievements as both a highly successful local technology company and their partnering with other local technology companies, raising the visibility of the region’s wireless technology sector.

2004

Entrepreneur of the Year – Innovative Wireless Technologies

Innovative Wireless Technologies was chosen for their rapid business expansion in the market of wireless product design services and cutting edge technologies.

Educator of the Year – Anthony Cardoza, E.C. Glass High School

Anthony Cardoza was chosen for his work in establishing and managing the region’s only U.S. FIRST robotics team.

Innovator of the Year – Mike Davidson, Campbell County

Mike Davidson was chosen for his work in bringing wireless broadband access to the town of Brookneal.

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