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IT Leadership Awards recognize the midmarket's innovative CIOs

Learn which innovative CIOs are in the running for our IT Leadership Awards, and discover more about their technology and business initiatives.

The 2012 IT Leadership Awards recognize the midmarket's innovative CIOs. We received 350 qualified nominations, which we whittled down to 40 semifinalists. Then our distinguished panel of CIO and former CIO judges scored each semi-finalist on a scale of 1-10 for cultural innovation, technological advancement, business harmonization, green IT and customer experience.

All finalists receive certificates honoring their contributions, as well as VIP invitations to IT insider networking and leadership events throughout the country. The winners of the Cultural Innovation, Technological Advancement, Business Harmonization, Green IT and Customer Experience/Integration awards each receive a $150 American Express gift card as well as an elegant engraved glass trophy. From these nominations, our judges also pushed forward the professionals they felt displayed the most innovative leadership to receive the overall IT Leader of the Year award. The winner of the 2012 IT Leader of the Year award receives both a trophy and an iPad.

Please join us in congratulating these professionals who are demonstrating innovative leadership in the midmarket IT space. The winners were announced in April.

The judges

Harvey Koeppel
Harvey Koeppel is executive director of the  Center for CIO Leadership. He was previously CIO and senior vice president of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group and a consultant for CitiFinancial, Citibank and other Citi affiliates.
Niel Nickolaisen
Niel Nickolaisen is CIO at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and writer on IT's dual role enabling strategy and delivering operational excellence.
Scot Lowe
Scott Lowe is a former CIO and frequent contributor to TechTarget, TechRepublic and other IT publications.

Cultural Innovation Award

Given to a leader who made a positive impact on the company and/or industry's culture, who demonstrates exceptional citizenship and corporate leadership and who has made a significant contribution to his company or serves as an industry role model.


Paul Harder Paul Harder
Director of technology
Arc Greater Twin Cities
St. Paul, Minn.
(430 employees)
Paul Stamas Paul Stamas
Vice president of IT
Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.
Cohoes, N.Y.
(550 employees)
Mauricio Vicente Mauricio Vicente
Language Services Associates Inc.
Horsham, Pa.
(153 employees)

Technological Advancement Award

Given to a leader whose technological advancement supported top-line revenue or sustainable business value.

Jeff Brittain Jeff Brittain
IT director
City of Hickory, N.C.
(640 employees)
Paul Stamas Stamas

Mauricio Vicente Vicente


Business Harmonization Award

Given to a leader whose initiative promoted business goals and automation efficiency, and who shows exceptional business savvy, the ability to increase revenue and maintain or improve customer satisfaction.


Nicole Bradberry Nicole Bradberry
Rise Health Inc.
Jacksonville, Fla.
(104 employees)
Jamie Gianna Jamie Gianna
(750 employees)
Mauricio Vicente Vicente


Green IT Award

Given to a leader whose initiative promoted ecological and sustainable IT.


Jerome Martinez Jerome Martinez
IT manager
Tilden-Coil Constructors Inc.
Riverside, Calif.
(130 employees)
Tom Hulsebosch Tom Hulsebosch
Director of energy and utility practices
West Monroe Partners LLC
Kevin Soohoo Kevin Soohoo
Director of IT
Air Systems Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
(350 employees)

Customer Experience/Integration

Given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer.


Roger Kipe
Roger Kipe
Vice president of IT
SAC Federal Credit Union
Bellevue, Neb.
(214 employees)
Chris Lambrou
Chris Lambrou
Director of special projects
Midwest Real Estate Data LLC
Lisle, Ill.
(132 employees)
Steve Mallard
Steve Mallard
IT manager
Tennessee Technology Center
Shelbyville, Tenn.
(900 employees)

Outstanding Midmarket IT Leader of the Year Award

Given to a professional whose excellent leadership qualities demonstrate achievement on many levels, including several if not all of the above categories, and who made a substantial business impact to a business or industry.


Nicole Bradberry Bradberry
Paul Harder Harder
Tom Hulsebosch Hulsebosch
Chris Lambrou Lambrou
Zach Leber Zach Leber
Assistant director of informatics
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cambridge, Mass.
(850 employees)
Steve Mallard Mallard
Kevin Soohoo Soohoo
Mauricio Vicente Vicente

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