Since 2008, Cox Business has lauded the incredible information technology innovators in the San Diego. The Top Tech Awards pay homage to the wealth of talent in our local community who have vision, take risks, and implement new cutting-edge technologies, all in the name of making their organizations more connected, more productive, and more successful.

Since its inception, the Top Tech Awards has grown expansively and stands today as the premier information technology event in San Diego. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, and 2018 all presiding mayors of the city declared the event day as “Top Tech Exec Day” in San Diego, recognizing the city’s information technology leaders and their amazing contributions to our community.

To read about all of the prestigious past honorees and special award honorees, please click on the event archives that cover the past eleven years.


NATHAN SHORT, Director of Information Technology/IT Director, Encinitas Union School District

MATTHEW MOWER, Chief Information Officer, Point Loma Credit Union

MARK SULZEN, Vice President of Technology, SmartDraw, Inc.

NARAYANADAS VAKAMUDI, Chief Technology Officer, Family Health Centers of San Diego

TRAVIS FAWCETT, Director of Software Engineering, AristaMD

KEITH FERNANDEZ, Manager of Technology/Technology Manager, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

ALEXANDRA GERRITSEN, Vice President of Customer Experience and Transformation, Cali Bamboo

FREDERICK DEL ROSARIO, Director of Information Technology, Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

GEOFF HOWARD, Chief Technology Officer, National Funding


BRIAN NORDMANN, Chief Information Officer, Dudek



CHRISTOPHER PETERSEN, Chief Technology Officer,


MARK ZECCA, PH. D., Executive Director of Educational Business Systems, San Diego County Office of Education



Hudson Airom, Sr. Director, Global Cloud Operations, Mitek Systems Inc.

Brian Alexander, Vice President of Information Technology, ARS National Services Inc.

Tal Almog, Director, Data Operations, Cisco Systems

Brian Andrews, Chief Information Officer, Baker Electric

Jonathan Behnke, Chief Information Officer, City of San Diego

Andrew Blocksidge, Vice President of Information Technology, MagnaFlow

Brian Casazza, Chief Information Officer, Vistage International

Rich Coppa, Vice President of Infrastructure & Chief Information Officer, The Arc of San Diego

Doug Cyphers, Director of IT Strategy and Leadership, WD-40

Abe Esguerra, Chief Information Officer, Redwitz

Ryan Fay, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Global CIO, ACI Enterprises Inc.

Jerome Fodor, Chief Technology Officer, Abacus Next

Joe Gursky , Director of Information Technology, USS Midway Musem

Michael Hawman, Chief Information Officer, General Atomics

Peter Hissong, Vice President of Technology, Teamwork Athletic Apparel

Debra Jensen, SVP of Global IT, Sound United

Terry Loftus, Assistant Superintendent & Chief Technology Officer, San Diego County Office of Education

Philippe Marchand, Chief Operating Officer, Samumed, LLC

Angela Moran, Chief Information Officer, California Coast Credit Union

Frank Paredes, Director of Information Technology, Father Joe’s Villages

Marc Romano, Chief Technology Officer, Seismic

Sal Saldivar, Chief Information Officer, La Maestra Community Health Centers

Troy Seelye, Chief Information Officer , Teradata Corporation

Laura Spencer, Executive Director of Innovation and Design, Del Mar Union School District

Robert Swisher, Chief Technology Officer, biproxi

Brad Williams, Director of Operations, Petco Animal Supplies


Rich Coppa, Vice President of Infrastructure & Chief Information Officer, The Arc of San Diego, CHAIR

Casey Cotton, Chief Technology Officer, Madison Avenue Securities

Joe Gursky , Director of Information Technology, USS Midway Musem, CHAIR

John Merritt, Senior Vice President  & Chief Information Officer, YMCA of San Diego County

Heather Moshier, Technology Director, CU Engage

Steve Romeo, Executive Technologist, BREG

Harold Tuck, County of San Diego (Retired)