SOURCE: Technology Council of Southern California

Technology Council of Southern California

April 16, 2009 13:03 ET

Technology Council of Southern California Announces 2009 Technology Industry Awards Finalists

Seats Still Available for Annual Event Honoring Southern California Technology Innovators and Leaders

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - The Technology Council of Southern California announced today the finalists for the 15th annual Technology Industry Awards. The awards will be presented at the gala dinner event on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and will honor individuals and companies that play a significant role in advancing Southern California as a center for technological innovation. Dr. Christopher Thornberg, founding principal of Beacon Economics, will deliver the keynote, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. PDT.

"The 2009 Technology Industry Awards finalists have demonstrated tremendous leadership and resilience, not only surviving the economic downturn but also growing and excelling in this uncertain climate," said Richard Sharga, Technology Council. "The finalists serve as true examples to all companies and entrepreneurs seeking to flourish in Southern California, and beyond."


A total of 21 companies were selected as finalists in the following 2009 categories:

--  CEO of the Year - Adam Miller, Cornerstone OnDemand; Ken McBride,; Jeffrey Tinsley, MyLife
--  Entrepreneur of the Year - Peter Kim, Interpolls; Scott Painter, Zag
    and TrueCar, Inc.; Therese Tucker, BlackLine Systems
--  Emerging Software Company of the Year - Apriso Corporation; Corent
    Technology, Inc.; LiveOffice
--  Software Company of the Year - Epicor Software Corporation; Guidance
    Software, Inc.; SYSPRO
--  Internet/New Media Company of the Year - Hydra LLC; People Media,
    Inc.; WebVisible, Inc.
--  Hardware & Storage Company of the Year - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.;
    D-Link Systems, Inc.; Emulex Corporation
--  Entertainment & Gaming Company of the Year - Blizzard Entertainment,
    Inc.; Future Ads; RotoHog

Presented by the Technology Council, the awards are sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney, Silicon Valley Bank, Tech Coast Equity Group, Ruder Finn and To register to attend the event, please visit or contact the Technology Council at 310-325-4000 or

About the Technology Council of Southern California

The Technology Council of Southern California is the premier forum for the region's technology leaders, providing events, connections, information and resources to help technology companies succeed. From recognizing excellence in innovation through its annual awards event to providing access to funding through VentureNet, the Technology Council supports companies throughout their entire corporate lifecycles. Founded in 1991 as the Software Council of Southern California, the Technology Council has a 17-year history of supporting technology companies across the region. For more information visit

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