SOURCE: Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

January 10, 2011 11:00 ET

WTIA Announces Finalists for 16th Annual Industry Achievement Awards

Winners to Be Announced on February 24th at the Awards Celebration

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (, one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America, today announced the finalists for its 16th annual Industry Achievement Awards (IAA). The awards recognize innovation and excellence within the technology industry in Washington State.

In addition to recognizing the state's best companies and organizations, the WTIA will recognize the Washington state finalists in the National Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The WTIA will also award the Technology Leader of Tomorrow scholarships, through the Technology Access Foundation's TechStart program. The WTIA is committed to supporting this region's future technology innovators and the teachers who guide them.

The IAA categories and respective finalists are:

  • Commercial Product or Service of the Year: DocuSign; Isilon Systems; thePlatform for Media, Inc.
  • Consumer Product or Service of the Year: Bonanza; Logos Bible Software; Swype
  • Service Provider of the Year: Concur; HasOffers; Hubspan
  • Best Early Stage Company of the Year: Ground Truth; Lockerz; Off & Away, Inc.
  • Best Seed Stage Company of the Year: Sparkbuy; SPARQCODE.COM;®
  • Innovative Manufactured Product of the Year: Intermec Technologies Corporation; Precor Incorporated; XKL, LLC
  • Best use of Technology in the Government, Non-profit or Educational Sector: CityClub - Living Voters Guide; (part of UW/CSE); Washington State Ferries
  • Technology Leader of Tomorrow: Gizan Gando of Asa Mercer Middle School (sixth grade), Tyler Wong of Asa Mercer Middle School (sixth grade), Mariah Fernandez of South Shore K-8 (seventh grade)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching: Barbara Franz, Moses Lake School District (math); Nancy Pfaff, Lake Washington School District (math); Debra Strong, Everett School District (science); Dawn Sparks, Thorp School District (science)

"These finalists represent the most creative and innovative companies and individuals in our industry and deserve the highest congratulations," said Susan Sigl, president and CEO of the WTIA. "We're fortunate to live and work in a state with such a diverse and vibrant technology community. I wish each finalist the best and look forward to revealing the winners in February."

The WTIA will announce the winners at its annual Industry Achievement Awards event on February 24th. Held at the Showbox SODO, this casual event is expected to draw more than 800 attendees, and will feature a finalist company technology showcase.

The following companies are sponsors of this year's IAA:

  • Presenting Sponsors: Accenture, HTC, Microsoft, Regence, Vertafore
  • Creative Sponsor: RocketDog Communications
  • Productions Sponsor: Seamless Event Solutions
  • Public Relations Sponsor: Sterling Communications, Inc.
  • Gift Bag Sponsor: Benefit Solutions, Inc.
  • Supporting Sponsors: F5 Networks, Kibble & Prentice, Robert Half Technology
  • Media Sponsor: Xconomy

For more information about the awards, or to register for the awards ceremony, visit

About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 1,000 members representing more than 125,000 employees in Washington State, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association's corporate sponsors are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Moss Adams LLP, RealNetworks, Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. For more information, go to

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Amanda Hoffman
    Sterling Communications for WTIA
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