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Finalists Announced: CIO of the Year Awards

Finalists Announced: CIO of the Year Awards

Article Published: February 29, 2016

Each year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group gather at Heinz Field to honor the region’s top information technology executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year.

It takes great leaders to keep southwestern Pennsylvania's technology sector on the cutting-edge. Companies of all sizes and types have great leadership in IT and security. CIO of the Year honors these individuals at our annual awards gala on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Today, we are pleased to announce our 2016 finalists in 6 categories. Congratulations to all of our finalists!

2016 Finalists

Under 100 Employees

Anju S. Chopra, CIO, Tiversa

Jonathan Colby, CIO/COO, OpenArc

Winford Craig, Director of IT, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Shea Georgetti, CIO, Technology & Beyond

Under 1000 Employees

Ryan Conover, Director of Information Services, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)

David DiLeo, CIO, Industrial Scientific Corporation

David Thompson, CIO & Deputy Chief of Staff, Software Engineering Institute

Under 5000 Employees

Jon Amelio, CTO, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Thomas Johnson, CIO, Penn Highlands Healthcare

Glenn Roos, CIO, Dollar Bank

Manish Sinha, CIO, ANSYS, Inc.

Over 5000 Employees

Michael Keslar, CIO, Investment Services and Vice Chairman, BNY Mellon Pennsylvania

Rick Milazzo, CIO, American Eagle Outfitters

Markus Weber, Global CIO and Vice President, Mine Safety Appliances

Jim Wenner, VP of IT, Sheetz


Brian Cyphert, CISO, Mine Safety Appliances

Omar Khawaja, CISO, HM Health Solutions

Alan Levine, CISO, Alcoa, Inc.

James Marsteller, CISO, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Kenneth Robb, CTO and CSO, fi360


William Balint, CIO, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Chuck Bartel, Assistant Vice President/CIO, Duquesne University

Vincent DiStasi, CIO, Grove City College

Scott Gutowski, Chief of Information and Technology, Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education

About CIO of the Year

This is your annual opportunity to recognize and honor the hard work of CIOs and CISOs for their accomplishments at the biggest celebratory event of the year honoring these heroes of the IT world. Cocktails, dinner, and networking round out the night to make this the not-to-miss event for your IT department.

Nominated by peers, industry colleagues, staff, supervisors, partners, and customers, deserving CIOs and CISOs are selected as finalists by the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group and a steering committee comprised of PTC member companies.

New for 2016: New Recognition for Chief Information Security Officers

As the need for enhanced data security continues to grow, we are pleased to announce that we will expand our award categories to honor CISOs in 2016. These executives work hard to ensure that information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

Nominees, including chief information officers, chief information security officers, or those in equivalent positions, are recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.

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