SOURCE: Lincoln Trust Company

Lincoln Trust Company

July 13, 2011 09:23 ET

Helen Z. Cousins, Executive Vice President and CIO, Lincoln Trust Co. - Winner of the Technology Executive of the Year Award at the 2011 CSIA Apex Awards

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Helen Cousins, Executive Vice President and CIO, Lincoln Trust Co., was announced today as the recipient of the Technology Executive of the Year award. The Apex Awards are prestigious technology awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments and leadership by Colorado's advanced technology industry.

"Helen is never afraid to address a problem aggressively at its root or quickly pursue an opportunity. Recently, Helen implemented a change management program that touched all aspects of business at Lincoln Trust. She laid out a roadmap of her vision and made sure her IT team executed against it rigorously," explaining Su Hawk, President, CSIA. "As a result, within her first year at the company, IT soon became a trusted partner and the projects proved results. We were excited to provide Helen with this deserving award," she continued.

"I'm honored to be named a winner for the Technology Executive of the Year award," said Helen Z. Cousins, Executive Vice President and CIO, Lincoln Trust Co. "I have been proud to be part of the Colorado technology community for the past 9 years. Of course, it is easy to be successful when I have had the privilege of working with great partners, both internal and external, and most of all, an outstanding IT team."

About Helen Cousins, EVP / CIO, Lincoln Trust Company:
Helen Z. Cousins is an award winning CIO that has been Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Lincoln Trust Company since 2006. She has led the transformation of the company into an analytical organization by implementing a business process management program encompassing business intelligence and workflow management for the entire organization. Her career spans five decades and several industries where she was a leader in global Fortune 100 / 500 firms. Helen graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in accounting and economics from Fordham University and an MBA from Pace University, both located in New York.

About CSIA, the Colorado Technology Association:
CSIA is the technology industry leader in uniting and growing Colorado's information technology industry by providing advocacy, education, business connections, and information, while supporting economic development, unification of technology stakeholders, and larger recognition of the industry and the people involved to develop and promote Colorado's technology industry. CSIA also works nationally to ensure Colorado's technology voice is heard, through TECNA, a coalition of technology associations across the United States and Canada, as well as with TechAmerica, the national lobbying organization for federal issues. Since 1994, CSIA has been involved in legislative issues and public policy to represent the information technology industry in Colorado, and has provided a number of annual programs, events and connections to support business success. For more information on CSIA, please call (303) 592-4070 or visit www.coloradotechnology.org.

About Lincoln Trust Company
Lincoln Trust Company is among the country's leading independent providers of self-directed IRAs. Headquartered in Denver, CO, the firm provides trust, custodial, and recordkeeping services to open architecture 401(k) plans and other defined contribution plans. Lincoln Trust's extensive expertise with respect to administering accounts that hold alternative assets attracts a wide variety of individuals, businesses, and retirement plan sponsors who want the flexibility to invest beyond traditional assets, including purchasing real estate in an IRA or in another retirement plan. For more information, visit www.LincolnTrustCo.com or call 1-855-719-5796.

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