2017 Information Technology Awards Judging Committee
Greg Gomel, Founder
The Gomel Group, Dallas, Texas
Greg is the founder of The Gomel Group, a Veteran Owned Small Business in Plano, TX. Both a veteran with extensive leadership successes as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and a Senior Executive expert in the design, delivery, and continuous process improvement of cost-effective, high-performance IT organizations.
Shiva Ayalasomayajula, Business Systems Manager
Illumina, San Diego, California
Experienced IT program & project manager offering 13 years of success leading all phases of diverse technology projects: Experienced in public sector - integrated eligibility & health exchange, pharmaceuticals, communication and broadcasting, and higher education industries. • Business strategist: Planned and managed multimillion-dollar projects aligning business goals with technology solutions to drive process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains. • Excellent communicator: Leveraged technical, business and financial acumen to communicate effectively with client executives and their respective teams.
Pembe Candaner, Founder & President
JobzMall Inc., Irvine, California
Pembe Candaner is a Turkish businesswoman, human resources expert and consultant, author, speaker, columnist, host of her TV show and thought leader. Candaner served as the CEO of major corporations such as Adecco SA Turkey and Kariyer.net.
Sylvain Eudier, Project Manager
Schlumberger, Houston, Texas
Project Manager for Wellsite Connectivity solutions to Oil and Gas service companies, with experience in Service Management, Supplier Management and Pre-sales of telecom solutions.
H. William Gordon, CEO
Creative Corporate Change, LLC, Richardson, Texas
William Gordon is on the Board of Directors of the Cyber Future Foundation, a global think tank of cybersecurity experts. He is the former CIO, NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP); CTO & VP Cloud Services, Xerox Corporation (NASDAQ:XRX); CEO, Miracom Network; CEO, TechSys, Inc. (NASDAQ:TKSS); and Chief Procurement Officer, Accenture (NASDAQ:ACN).
David Ijaz, CEO
Effective Therapeutics, LLC, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior executive with extensive global experience and commercialization of portfolios for boards and investors with special emphasis upon Finance, Strategy, Operations Management, Corporate Development, and Business Development .
Naomi Lewins, Agile Coach
Crossmark, Plano, Texas
Agile Coach and Leader with a passion for empowering teams and organizations to maximize their potential and growth. An Agilist who believes in the power of transforming teams and organizations by embracing the Agile principles. Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CPO), Certified DiSC Trainer.
Nanxi Liu, CEO
Enplug, Los Angeles, California
Nanxi Liu is the CEO of Enplug, the #1 open software to manage and distribute content on digital displays. She was named Forbes 30 Under 30. Enplug is used by Fortune 500 companies and small business to show interactive social media, dashboards, videos, news, and more on displays.
Venkat Machaneni, Executive Director
e Center Inc., Newtown, Pennsylvania
Venkat Machaneni is the Executive Director for E Center where he runs the Data & Analytics practice serving Fortune 500 clients and Federal Government Departments. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT Strategy, Enterprise Transformation and Business Analytics. He served on Technology Advisory Boards for several startups and has experience in incubating niche business models & patent development. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Randall Mills, Chief Operating Officer
Best Docs Live, Plano, Texas
Randall Mills is a seasoned executive in the technology industry and currently is employed as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Best Docs Live. Randall also served as COO of CallMD for over 8 years and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Axes Technologies. Randall worked for Citigroup for over 10 years. He retired as Director of Decision Sciences for CitiCapital, a division of Citigroup and a member of the Citigroup Credit Committee. Randall was recruited by Associates First Capital and was involved in initiating an IPO for The Associates which was acquired by Citigroup. He also served in various information technology positions over his 10 year employment at Atlantic Richfield’s ARCO Oil and Gas. He was a member of the ARCO management team that initiated an IPO for Vastar Oil and Gas that was then sold to British Petroleum. Randall received an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from Missouri State University. Randall was presented the UTD MBA leadership award in 2005 and served as President of the UTD Alumni Association in 2001.
Carlos Minetti, President, Consumer Banking
Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, Illinois
Ashraf Mohammad, Associate Director
Cognizant Technology Solutions, Plano, Texas
A highly motivated and successful international Business Technocrat with 15+ years of IT Services, Management and Consulting experience. Specialize in IT Strategy, Change & Program Management, Post M&A Integration, IT Governance, Operating models & process re-engineering. Successfully advised CxOs and key leaders of Fortune 100 companies across different industries like Banking & Financial Services, Communications, Technology, Research, Retail and Health Care.
Chris Morrison, Director of Network Services
DTCC, Plano, Texas
Chris has been in Information Technology for over 28 years in the Oil & Gas, Consumer Product Goods and Financial industries. As an Information Technology Executive, accomplished with extensive experience gained from Fortune 5 and Fortune 50 global corporations. Infrastructure Services Operational Stability IT Merger and Acquisition.
Rajesh-Kumar Mudiakal, Senior Project Manager
Ernst & Young Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Senior SAP Project Manager with around 20 years with experience of managing many complex sap transformation projects. He is PMP, Prince2, ITIL Certified and presented many papers in International conferences. He holds Master degree from Bristol University and Executive certification in Strategy Consulting from Columbia Business School.
Paul Recchia, Founder
Recchia Consulting, LLC, Dallas, Texas
Paul is a Senior IT Program Manager with extensive experience leading complex, large-scale global technology deployments. He has managed the implementation of large scale programs for multiple Fortune 50 companies in the Manufacturing, Automotive, Healthcare, Chemical, Financial, and Telecommunications industries.
Lou Reinemann, Director, Customer Support
SmartBear Software, Somerville, Massachusetts
Lou has been leading customer facing service teams for over twenty years for startups as well as Fortune 500 companies in industries. He is truly a customer advocate and has a passion for building exceptional teams.
Jeff Rupert, COO
Cloud 9 Partners LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado
Jeff Rupert is a Senior Business / Solutions Architect providing leadership for global Data Center Transformation, cloud based solutions and IT transformation projects and programs.
Jack Stem, Vice President Business Development, Navy and Air Force
Engility, Washington, DC
Kevin Williams, CEO
Tekconnx, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Kevin is the CEO of TekConnX, an award winning Service Disabled Veteran owned and MBE firm providing emerging, innovative, and collaborative Audio Visual, Security, and IT Solutions to commercial and federal clients. TekConnX designs, installs, integrates and maintains turnkey, AV, Social Media Analytics, Cybersecurity, Pro-Active LED Deterrent Physical Security, Access Control and, Mobility Systems and Solutions. Our mantra is ""Connecting Your Needs to Ideal Solutions! TekConnX is best known for successfully designing solutions that “connect” the IT dots and gets their clients exactly what they need for their facilities by gathering their requirements and creating solutions that create winning scenarios for their customers. “That’s Tek-Connecting”!!!! Kevin’s excellent relationship building and management skills have successfully bridged networks with executive and senior level management. Having held key leadership positions in a number of organizations, Williams demonstrates his success and commitment to leadership, implementation of processes and practices aimed at reducing costs for organizations, while maximizing efficiencies. Kevin’s initiative and contacts over the years have grown many companies, yielding technology contract wins worth millions.