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TechPoint honors Tech 25 Class of 2020

the Genesys team celebrates with Tech 25 Class of 2019 winner Carlee Montgomery (photo courtesy of TechPoint)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – Indianapolis-based TechPoint, the nonprofit growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech sector, has announced the Tech 25 Class of 2020. The nonprofit says the awards honor 25 people who are “critical and exceptional performers helping to grow Indiana’s tech and tech-enabled companies.”

TechPoint says a panel of 18 independent judges selected this year’s class from three main job role categories: tech product and R&D, tech sales and marketing, and tech professional services.

Winners were chosen from a very competitive class of nominees based on criteria including professional contributions, energy and attitude and community commitment.

The Tech 25 Class of 2020 includes: 

Tech Product and R&D Category

  • Michael Akers, mission assurance engineer – software, Raytheon Technologies (Hometown: Fort Wayne, College: Purdue University – Fort Wayne)
  • Alexander Correa, manager, product and technology, Codelicious (Hometown: Crown Point, College: Butler University)
  • Casey Cumbow, engineering manager, Lessonly (Hometown: Columbus, Ohio, College: Ohio State University)
  • Christine DeWeese, senior director, product management, Salesforce (Hometown: Batesville, College: Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Anita Donnelly, director of technical services, SmarterHQ (Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri, College: Northern Kentucky University)
  • Gwendolyn Faraday, software consultant, Faraday Academy (Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, College: Boston University)
  • Poppe Guthrie, senior interaction designer, SEP (Hometown: Linton, College: Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Charlie Haddad, senior advisor, digital health, Eli Lilly and Co. (Hometown: Oxford, Ohio, College: Miami University)
  • Mike Horrocks, vice president, product management, Baker Hill (Hometown: Carmel, College: Brigham Young University, Indiana University)
  • Jonathan Hubartt, vice president of design & product, High Alpha (Hometown: Fort Wayne, College: Indiana University)
  • Dan LaBar, senior data scientist, KSM Consulting (Hometown: Zionsville, College: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
  • John Matlik, engineering digital transformation lead, Rolls-Royce Corp. (Hometown: Indianapolis, College: Purdue University)
  • Ninad Thanawala, analyst, Roche (Hometown: Fishers, College: Cornell University)
  • Gary Todd, IT senior developer, Republic Airways (Hometown: Dayton, Nevada, College: University of Nevada Reno) 

Tech Professional Services Category

  • Meghann Arnold, director of team success, One Click (Hometown: Noblesville, College: WGU Indiana)
  • Jennifer Lynn Benak, IT project manager, scrum master, agile coach, NCAA (Hometown: Tipton, College: Purdue University, Ball State University)
  • Christopher Hicks, practice manager, Kronos Incorporated (Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • David Rainbolt, senior director infrastructure and disaster recovery, OneAmerica (Hometown: Avon, College: IUPUI and WGU Indiana)
  • Geoff Zentz, Indiana director, gener8tor (Hometown: Goshen, College: Franklin College) 

Tech Sales and Marketing Category

  • Eva Jackson, director, Demand Generation Marketing, PFL (Hometown: Batesville, College: Anderson University)
  • Andy Kennedy, principal brand strategist, Innovatemap (Hometown: Muncie, College: Anderson University)
  • Lukau Matuka, director, global sales development training & enablement, Genesys (Hometown: Muncie, College: Ball State University, Anderson University)
  • Matt Renie, solution consultant, Zylo (Hometown: Indianapolis, College: Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Brennan Walker, director of digital strategy & solutions consulting, DemandJump (Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California, College: Butler University)
  • Rachel Yockey, vice president of experience, Realync (Hometown: Indianapolis, College: Marian University)