Tech Council names finalists for annual awards, featuring GreenLight Medical

The Nashville Technology Council has announced the finalists for the 10th Annual NTC Awards. The organization will next month name winners in 14 categories, which each have three finalists. They are:

CIO of the Year

Joe Degati – axialHealthcare
Haden McWhorter – Premise Health
Jonathan Harbin – Frost-Arnett

Community Leader of the Year

Beth McCart – Ramsey Solutions
Marla Lamont – HCA
John Liu – Digital Reasoning

CTO of the Year

Cody King – InVivoLink
Brian Dailey – Stratasan
Michelle Miller – Centauri

Data Scientist of the Year

Christi French – Digital Reasoning
Lindsey Morris  – axialHealthcare
Peter Mancini – Citizens Bank

Emerging Leader of the Year

Nic Dugger – TNDV: Television
Justin Mooneyhan – LifePoint Health
Loretta Stokes – EventBrite

Infrastructure Leader of the Year

Brian Ethington – Data Blue
Phil Herrera – Asurion
Cesar Cayetano – Qualifacts

Innovator of the Year

Chase Spurlock – IQuity
Philip Hardin – YouScience
Shashank Purighalla – BOS Framework

Security Leader of the Year

Brian Lucy – CKE Restaurants
Mark Geeslin – Asurion
Dirk Maxwell – LKQ

Software Developer of the Year

Jeff Meeks – HCA / HealthTrust
Katy Ratka – axialHealthcare
Satish Viswanathan – Geodis

Tech Student of the Year

Beth Grace Kinder – MTSU
Holly Yasui – MTSU
Tom Wilson – Lipscomb University

Company of the Year

Black Box Realties

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Middle Tennessee State University Women In STEM Center

Team of the Year

Premise Health
Sarah Cannon IT Applications Services Team

Tech Start Up of the Year

GreenLight Medical
BlackBox Realities
BOS Framework

The NTC Awards are presented by C Spire Business. The program’s platinum sponsor is Dell and additional support comes from RedHat, LifeWay, NovaCopy, CGI, Virsys12 and Nutanix. The NTC Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 24 at the Wildhorse Saloon.


Vanderbilt’s new Data Science Institute has launched a master of science program that will take its first students in the 2019-20 academic year.

The curriculum for the interdisciplinary degree includes technical courses in programming, statistical modeling and machine learning, among other things, as well as in exploratory data analysis, probability and statistical inference. It also will feature practical teamwork training.

“We have developed a path-breaking data science program that is computationally progressive, well-blended with statistical principles, and widely accessible from a variety of educational backgrounds,” said Jeffrey Blume, director of graduate education of the Data Science Institute and associate professor of biostatistics and biomedical informatics. “The program also imparts workplace skills and provides opportunities for students to practice reproducible research in sophisticated teamwork environments.”