Greater Louisville Region Top TeN Awards for Excellence in Technology – MAVEN Award Recipient – Robert Saunders

Network honors local technology innovators record number of nominees for the Top TeN Awards

The Technology Network for the Greater Louisville Region (TeN) held its annual Top TeN Awards dinner on Oct. 19 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The network of local technology and technology-related businesses working to grow the industry in the area received more than 100 nominations representing 85 area businesses and organizations. The record number of nominees made it difficult for judges to choose winners in the 10 categories.

This year’s winners are:

Technology Intensive – Arts: Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest for use of hand-held computers in identifying plants, trees and other items throughout the forest.

Technology in Education: Scott Horan, Jefferson County Public Schools for his work in developing relationships between business and curriculum development and the coordination of technology internships for his students.

Technology Intensive – Health: Advanced Imaging Concepts for its computerized patient records program.

Technology Intensive – Logistics: Ann Taylor Distribution Services, Inc. for its overhaul and redesign of material handling systems, which has cut delivery time in half.

Technology Intensive – Media: Captive Indoor Media for its ability to collect detailed demographic information and facilitate an on-demand advertising strategy.
Woman in Technology: Wendy Welsh, LG&E Energy for her leadership as the senior vice president of information technology and for her generous efforts in mentoring young women, working with Junior Achievement and various other community projects.

Community Service: Appriss, Inc. for its development and donation of JusticeXchange, an integrated database providing up-to-date information on inmates across the country.

Technology Entrepreneur Award: JC Stites, Autodemo, LLC who has grown his business from his garage to a staff of 15 and hundreds of clients, including Microsoft, eBay and Monster. Autodemo develops software and technology for Internet demonstrations.

Maven Award, which goes to an individual for outstanding collaboration on creating relationships and developing resources for a high tech venture: Robert Saunders, Chrysalis Ventures for his endless efforts in creating the Venture Club of Louisville, his leadership on the board of MetaCyte Life Sciences Incubator and recruiting its investors and entrepreneurs and for his work in recruiting the Great Midwest Venture Conference to Louisville.

Distinguished Technology Company Award: Stored Value Systems, which provides private label electronic cash cards that offer merchants a more efficient way in processing returned merchandise and other amenities.