CTO Awards (Recap)


April 22, 2019


6:00pm-8:30pm
City Club LA
555 S. Flower Street, 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Anna Magzanyan
Publisher's Letter

CTOs and their teams play a crucial role in making Los Angeles businesses, institutions and nonprofits successful. Their decisions often impact all aspects of a business, including its growth, profitability, functionality and competitiveness in the marketplace.
This is our eighth year of celebrating Los Angeles’ finest IT leadership minds with an awards event specifically for those who have their hands on the steering wheels of new technology.

Our annual Los Angeles Business Journal CTO Awards, held April 22 at City Club LA, give us the opportunity to applaud the IT inventiveness and technological achievements of the corporate space’s high-tech men and women. These important individuals and teams play vital roles in making Los Angeles a hub for innovation and in making its businesses, institutions, and nonprofits successful.

This year, since we had an influx of incredible nominees, we decided to separate the CIO and CTO categories into three subcategories based on company size:
• Emerging companies (fewer than 100 employees);
• Corporate companies (100 to 500 employees); and
• Enterprise companies (more than 500 employees).
Prior to the award ceremony, we brought together a panel of experts in the field to discuss how technology is influencing Southern California’s business landscape

So for all the great technology leaders celebrated this year, we say thank you and congratulations! Your tireless contributions to the companies you serve — and ultimately our business community as a whole — are appreciated.

Best regards,
Anna Magzanyan
CEO & Publisher

The Los Angeles Business Journal Celebrates the LA Business Community’s Top Tech Leaders

The Los Angeles Business Journal proudly hosted the eighth annual CTO Awards event at the City Club LA on Monday, April 22nd. Before launching into the awards ceremony, the event included a panel discussion over dinner, featuring a group of the region’s leading experts in the field to discuss how technology is influencing the business landscape in Southern California. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from the technology and IT experts from a diverse assortment of industries as they discussed current challenges, solutions, trends and best practices.

PANELISTS INCLUDED:
Paul Flaharty, District President (Robert Half - Technology Staffing Services)
As District President for Robert Half, Paul Flaharty oversees operations throughout Los Angeles and Bay Area for the company’s Technology and Creative Group divisions, the leading providers of highly skilled technology and creative professionals. As a 20-year veteran of the staffing industry, Flaharty is a spokesperson for Robert Half and frequently quoted expert on various hiring trends and workplace topics. Flaharty served as moderator for the panel.

Warren Belkin, Regional Director, Southwest (Arista Networks)
Warren Belkin is the Regional Director in the Southwest for Arista Networks, founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. He has a wide industry background over the past 25 years spanning networking, security and data management with customer facing roles in such companies as Cisco Systems, Newbridge Networks, Illumio and Rubrik.

Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer (Boingo Wireless)
Derek Peterson, Ph. D., Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for Boingo’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and network technologies including Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo’s core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure.

Jennifer Post, Partner (Thompson Coburn LLP)
A partner with Thompson Coburn, Jennifer Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, institutions and companies, including entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and emerging companies, as well as domestic and international public companies. Post’s practice encompasses all areas of general corporate and securities law, including private placements of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital fund formation.


CIO OF THE YEAR - ENTERPRISE COMPANY
Winner
Adrian Butler - Dine Brands Global
Finalists
Eric Iverson - CAA & Lance Ralls - Belkin International
CIO OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE COMPANY
Winner
Robert R. Womack, Jr. - Aristotle Capital Management
Finalists
Sri Adusmulli - APC Automotive Technologies & Thomas Phelps - Laserfiche
CIO OF THE YEAR - EMERGING COMPANY
Winner
Darshan Parikh - L.A. KINGS
Finalists
Tim Crawford - AVOA & Jon Provisor - Guidance Solutions
CTO OF THE YEAR - ENTERPRISE COMPANY
Winner
Dan Phillips - HULU
Finalists
Himanshu Palsule - Epicor Software & Troy Veilleux - Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
CTO OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE COMPANY
Winner
Adam Farkas - Crown Media Family Networks
Finalists
Veronica Gilton - Evolve Media LLC & Derek Peterson - Boingo Wireless
CTO OF THE YEAR - EMERGING COMPANY
Winner
Paddy Hannon - Headspace
Finalists
Boris Bronshteyn - Hawthorne & David Steigelfest - Super League Gaming
IT SERVICE PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Winner
Tolga - ONICA
Finalists
Henry Park - 3GC Group & Derek Peterson - Boingo Wireless Team
IT TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner
Fox Corporation
Finalists
Boingo Wireless & Children's Hospital Los Angeles
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Winner
H. David Abbott Jr. - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Finalists
Michael Biener - B. Riley Financial & Shane Farkas - The Agency
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Winner
Tomas Soderstrom - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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