Winners Announced for 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards

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ATLANTA - Oct. 31, 2014 - PRLog -- The Georgia CIO Leadership Association (Georgia CIO) proudly announces the winners of the 16th Annual CIO of the Year® Awards.

Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony on October 31, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. George Conrades, Chairman & Former CEO of Akamai gave the keynote address to over 950 guests, representing Georgia’s largest organizations and their technology partners.

Established in 1998, the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program of its kind. This annual event honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. CIOs and those in equivalent positions are selected by a distinguished panel of CIO judges, including prior Award winners, based upon their contributions in innovation, leadership, business value and community involvement.

The 2014 CIO of the Year Award winners are:

Global – Over 10,000 employees and multinational operations
John Trainor – VP & CIO, Aaron’s, Inc.

Enterprise – Over 1,000 employees
Bryson Koehler – EVP & CIO, The Weather Company

Corporate – Up to 1,000 employees
Walt Carter - CIO, Generation Mortgage Company

Emerging – Under 250 employees and technology is the primary driver of high growth
Joshua Silver – VP Product Development, Patientco

Non-profit/Public Sector – Government, education, and not-for-profit organizations
Curtis Carver – Vice Chancellor & CIO, University System of Georgia

Lifetime Achievement
David Guthrie – CTO, PGi

The 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards is made possible by the following sponsors:

Gold sponsors: Cumberland Group, Magenic, Carousel Industries, Ciber, LeadingAgile, Colliers International, Akamai Technologies

Silver sponsors: Insight, CTS, Wipro, Dell, Data Blue, Mitel, 3sage Consulting, Capgemini, Software AG, VeriStor, ECS Team, Pivotal, CSI Leasing, Avaya, Basho Technologies, DISYS, CenturyLink, Windstream, McAfee, Splunk

Digital sponsor: Swarm

Bronze sponsors: ProSys Information Systems, Presidio, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Korn Ferry International, Slalom Consulting, Dimensional Thinking, Softchoice Corporation, Genpact, OutSystems, Lighthouse Technologies, AirWatch by VMware, ProIQ Solutions, Tech Mahindra, SHI, Jive Software, Forsythe EMC, Tableau Software, TIBCO, Apptio, Strategic Systems & Technology Corporation (SSTS), Symantec, Amazon Web Services

About the Georgia CIO Leadership Association
Georgia CIO is Georgia’s preeminent professional association for senior technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions from public and private companies, government, education and not-for-profit organizations throughout the state. The GCLA is a 501(c)(6) professional association led by a CIO Advisory Board from organizations including Georgia-Pacific, GE Energy, American Cancer Society, NCR Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company. The GCLA is underwritten by support from Deloitte (, IBM (, Intellinet (, Microsoft ( andMorris, Manning & Martin, LLP ( more at

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