Top 10 Rhode Island IT Practitioners and Entrepreneurs named in first awards program of its kind, recipients to be recognized at Tech Collective and awards celebration event.

Providence, R.I. – Jan. 4th, 2011 – Recognizing Rhode Island’s most accomplished IT practitioners and entrepreneurs, Tech Collective and today announced the 2011 Tech10 award recipients.

Tech10 is the first awards program of its kind in Rhode Island to honor the talents and achievements of rising technology practitioners and innovators, and in the process identify the future technology influencers and leaders of our state.

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The recipients of this year’s Tech10 awards have excelled in their practice, demonstrated a passion for helping others to succeed in life and business, and are pioneering in their technological and career achievements. The Tech10 award recipients are: (no specific order)

Andres Douglas – Founder, Bakodo

Grant Fritchey – Principal Development Database Administrator, FM Global

Heather Hartman – Director, IS Technical Services, Care New England Health System

Sean Ransom – Vice President of Technology, BatchBlue Software

Hamzah Ansari – Founder, Accelereach

Jason Albuquerque – Director of IT, Town of North Kingstown

Christian Smith – Lead Server Specialist, FM Global

Cheryl Lawrence – Director of IT, Home Hospice Care of RI
Dave Oakman – Practice Leader, Data Center, Atrion Networking Corporation

Michael Calabro – Assistant Director, Network Operations and Services, Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology (RINET)

Tech10 award recipients will be honored at the Tech10 Red Carpet Celebration on January 26th, 2011 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art’s Chace Center in Providence, R.I. Three of the Tech10 award recipients will additionally be recognized for outstanding accomplishments in Tech Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Overall Achievement. Doreen Collins, comedian and host of NBC10’s Rhode Bytes and UnReal Deal, will emcee the event.

The Tech10 awards program is presented by Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association, and, the “go to” local Web experience breaking the biggest local stories. Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Panel based on application submissions collected October – November 2010. This year’s Judging Panel included: (no specific order)

Eric Meier – Director of Interactive Media, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Lori Adamo – CEO, Code Red Business Continuity Services; Vice President, NEDRIX

John Conway – CEO, Ananke IT Solutions

Ray Thomas – Associate Director, The Chafee Center for International Business, Bryant University

Charlie Hewitt – Director, HIE Program Management, RI Quality Institute

“As technology continues to grow as a prominent industry in Rhode Island and across the nation, it is critical to identify and nurture our industry strengths and talents,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “Talent, such as that exhibited by this year’s Tech10 award recipients, will be one of the key factors in attracting technology companies to Rhode Island and fostering overall industry success. Tech Collective congratulates each of this year’s Tech10 award honorees; they are the innovators and thinkers who will be the CTO’s and CEO’s in the not-too-distant future.”

“We had the opportunity here to do something completely different with Tech10,” said Josh Fenton, co-founder of “There are hundreds of technology and entrepreneurship recognition programs out there, but there are very few – and none in Rhode Island – that are specifically designed to find and showcase some of our most talented and innovative individuals. Judging by the caliber of this year’s honorees, we can celebrate nothing less than success. GoLocal extends its appreciate and congratulations to each Tech10 award recipient.”

To learn more about the Tech10 Awards or attend the Tech10 Red Carpet Celebration event, visit

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About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $6M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, Tech Laureates’ Night and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective, please visit

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