2017 Top Tech Exec Awards Recap

The 2017 10th Anniversary Top Tech Exec Awards were out of this world! We enjoyed record-breaking attendance at Petco Park and an endless supply of entertainment and fun surprises, all of which made for a very special night honoring San Diego’s IT leaders. Here are a few event highlights:

The Swag:
Attendees were given event info and a stylish pair of sunglasses as they walked in. Sponsor tables all around the event had more fun giveaways and freebies. Oh – and did we mention the complimentary drinks and delicious food options?

The VIP Scene:
VIP’s were invited to a special reception featuring special announcements and live music prior to the event.

The Hosts:
Former Chargers player and media personality Nick Hardwick and CBS8 Anchor Heather Myers Emceed the event.

The Special Features:
Where do we even start? Superheros, ping pong in the outfield, a jaw dropping entrance during the National Anthem by Patriot Parachute Team, the swanky Cox Lounge, Shoeshine Tavern and a beautiful fireworks display just to name a few!

The IT Heroes!

  • Dr. Christopher Longhurst of UC Health was Top Tech Honoree in the Education Category
  • Matthew Brown of San Diego County Water Authority was the Government Category Top Tech Honoree
  • Peter Battistel of 211 San Diego was Small Nonprofit Honoree for the Top Tech Awards
  • Large nonprofit honoree award went to John Hall of Gemological Institute of America
  • Cox Business Exemplary Award for Top Tech presented to Laura Spencer of Lakeside Union School District
  • Top Tech Private Micro Honoree was David Gray of DMV.org
  • Top Tech Private Small Company Honoree was Brian Casazza of Vistage International
  • Private Medium Top Tech Honoree was Bob Millington of CUSO financial
  • Private Large Top Tech Honoree was Tim Bochard of Glacier Water!
  • Extra Large Top Tech Exec Honoree was Bill Zondler of Millennium Health 
  • Small Public Top Tech Exec Honoree was Joseph Talarek of Turtle Beach, Inc. 
  • Public Large Honoree at Top Tech Exec went to Julie Hubbard of AMN Healthcare
  • Previous Lifetime Achievement Honorees was inducted into the Top Tech Hall of FAME!
  • Douglas Palmer of KnuEdge, Inc. was awarded 2017 Top Tech Exec Lifetime Achievement Honor

The After Party:
Bub’s at the Ballpark hosted a special extended happy hour following the ceremony – the perfect nightcap to a great evening!

Once again , we’d like to give a big thank-you to everyone who attended. Congratulations to all of our nominees, honorees, and award winners and another HUGE thank you to all of the sponsors who made this event possible. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Want to see pictures from the event? Check out out 2017 Photo Gallery.