WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2018 winners of the StateScoop 50 awards — which annually highlight the best and brightest in the state IT community — were announced Sunday, April 22 in Baltimore at the beginning of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' midyear conference.
The awards, which were presented for their fifth consecutive year, honor state government information technology and cybersecurity executives, industry influencers, up-and-comers and innovative projects.
Members of the state and local IT community nominated thousands of government leaders in February and March 2018. From there, StateScoop narrowed the list to the top 200 with the most nominations. StateScoop readers then cast more than 500,000 votes nationally in March and April to select the 2018 StateScoop 50 winners.
"We are extremely vested in the state and local IT community and work with these leaders every single day. For the fifth year in a row, we are thrilled to again highlight the top IT leaders from the state government and tech industry for their contributions to the government IT community," said Goldy Kamali, founder and CEO of Scoop News Group, StateScoop's parent company. "We engage top leaders from this community, online and in-person each day and we are delighted to honor them and their accomplishments."
"StateScoop is all about community," Jake Williams, StateScoop's associate publisher and director of strategic initiatives, said. "These leaders inspire me every day, and encourage leaders across state and local government to work hard and continue to serve their workforces and their citizens with the best services. We're thankful for what they do, and can't wait to see what they do next."
The 2018 StateScoop 50 winners are:
GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year
Stu Davis, CIO, Ohio
John Dunlap, CTO, West Virginia
Michael Hussey, CIO, Utah
Marcie Kahbody, Agency Information Officer, California State Transportation Agency
Eric Larson, CIO, Florida
David McCurdy, CTO, Colorado
James "Bo" Reese, CIO, Oklahoma
Bob Samson, CIO, New York
Ed Toner, CIO, Nebraska
State Leadership of the Year
Tyler Clark, Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology
Nikhil Deshpande, Chief Digital Officer, Georgia
Tracy Doaks, Chief Services Officer, North Carolina
Tiziana Galeazzi, General Manager, Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget
Richard "Dickie" Howze, CIO, Louisiana
Leon Jones, Director, Arkansas Department of Labor
Barney Krucoff, Interim CTO & Chief Data Officer, Washington, D.C.
Jayne Scofield, IT Administrator, State of Nebraska
State IT Innovation of the Year
Alexa Louisiana Driving Test, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
Michigan CISO as a Service, Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget
Colorado DRIVES, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
Gov2Go National Rollout, NIC Inc.
Georgia Gateway, Georgia Department of Human Services
Hawaii Annual Code Challenge Program, Hawaii Office of Enterprise Technology Services
Maryland Business Express Portal, Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
MISSI — Official Chatbot for the State of Mississippi
Nebraska State Patrol, State of Nebraska
NJ Outdoors — Campground Reservations, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Oregon Government Ethics Commission, State of Oregon
Utah Practice Driver License Platform, Department of Technology Services
State Up & Comers
Aaron Call, Chief Information Security Officer, Minnesota
Graig Lubsen, Communications & Marketing Director, Indiana Office of Technology
Jon Minshew, Chief Customer Officer, North Carolina
Jerrod Roth, Program Manager, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
Deanna Towne, IT Director, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
Corbett Webb, Chief of Staff, Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
State Cybersecurity Leader
Alfritch Anderson, Senior Manager - Security Operations, Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
Erik Avakian, CISO, Pennsylvania
Dustin Glover, CISO, Louisiana
Chris Hill, CISO, Illinois
Mike Lettman, CISO, Arizona
Maria Thompson, Chief Information Risk Officer, North Carolina
Walter Tong, Director - Cyber Intelligence, Georgia Technology Authority
Industry Leadership of the Year
Jennifer Axt, General Manager - North America State & Local Government and Education, Dell EMC
Dwight Chamberlain, Senior Director - SLED, Red Hat
Harry Herington, CEO & Chairman, NIC Inc.
Thomas MacLellan, Director of Policy & Government Affairs Symantec
Kim Nelson, Executive Director - State & Local, Microsoft
John Pellettiere, National Sales Director - SLED, Nutanix
Bethann Pepoli, Director - SLED Business Development, Splunk
Kenneth Smith, Principal, Deloitte
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