Since 2008, Cox Business has lauded the incredible information technology innovators in the San Diego. The Top Tech Exec Awards pay homage to the wealth of talent in our local community who have vision, take risks, and implement new cutting-edge technologies, all in the name of making their organizations more connected, more productive, and more successful.

Since its inception, the Top Tech Exec Awards has grown expansively and stands today as the premier information technology event in San Diego. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 and 2017 all presiding mayors of the city declared the event day as “Top Tech Exec Day” in San Diego, recognizing the city’s information technology leaders and their amazing contributions to our community.


To read about all of the prestigious past honorees and special award honorees, please click on the event archives that cover the past ten years.



CHRISTOPHER LONGHURST, MD, Chief Information Officer, UC San Diego Health

MATTHEW BROWN, Director of Administrative Services, San Diego County Water Authority

PETER BATTISTEL, Vice President of Technology , 2-1-1 San Diego

JOHN HALL, Director of Global Infrastructure Services, Gemological Institute of America, Inc.

DAVID GRAY, Vice President of Technology, DMV.org

BRIAN CASAZZA, Chief Information Officer, Vistage International

BOB MILLINGTON, EVP, Chief Information Officer, CUSO Financial Services, LP

TIM BOCHARD, Vice President of Information Systems, Glacier Water

BILL ZONDLER, Chief Information Officer, Millennium Health

JOSEPH TALAREK, Director of Technology, Turtle Beach

JULIE HUBBARD, VP, Infrastructure Operations & Information Security, AMN Healthcare

DOUGLAS PALMER, PH.D., Chief Technology Officer, KnuEdge, Inc.

LAURA SPENCER, Director of Educational Technology and Communications, Lakeside Union School District



Heather Moshier, Executive Vice President of Information Technology, San Diego County Credit Union

Harold Tuck, County of San Diego- Retired

Andrew Blocksidge, Director of Global Technology , Nixon

David Henderson, Chief Information Officer, GenomeDX Biosciences

Guillermo  Perez, Senior Director, Technical Support, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nimer Saikaly, Director of Information Technology, Episcopal Community Services

Marc Romano, Chief Technology Officer , Seismic

Brian Alexander, Vice President of Information Technology, ARS National Services Inc.

Brian Andrews, Vice President, Information Technology, Stone Brewing Co.

Kenneth Lanewood, Senior IT Director, Pfenex, Inc.

Philippe Marchand, Chief Operating Officer, Samumed LLC

Brian Croom, Information Systems Manager , Padre Dam Municipal Water District

Joe  Gursky , Director of Information Technology, USS Midway Musem

Abe  Esquerra, Director of Information Technology, DUDEK

Rich  Coppa, Vice President of Infrastructure & Chief Information Officer, The Arc of San Diego

Christopher Petersen, Chief Information Officer, Scientist.com

Gary Nimtz, Senior IT Director, San Diego Futures Foundation

Brad  Williams, Director, IT Global Operations & Engineering, Petco Animal Supplies

Terry Orletsky, Vice President of Information Technology, The Ken Blanchard Companies

Tal Almog, Director of Operations, Cisco

Sal  Saldivar, Chief Information Officer, La Maestra Community Health Centers

Doug Cyphers, Chief Information Officer, Welk Resort Group

Peter Hissong, Director of Technology, Teamwork Athletic Apparel

Kurt Cumming, Managing Director, Root, Inc.



Harold Tuck, County of San Diego (Retired), County of San Diego- Retired

John  Merritt, Senior Vice President  & Chief Information Officer, YMCA of San Diego County

Heather  Moshier, Executive Vice President of Information Technology, San Diego County Credit Union

Steve  Romeo, Executive Technologist, BREG