2021 NCET Tech Awards to Honor Top Talent in Northern Nevada’s Technological Community

NCET Tech Awards

Article submitted by NCET

Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (more popularly known as NCET) hosted its annual Tech Showcase and Awards Gala alongside the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) Awards on Thursday, July 15.

Now in its 14th year, the NCET Tech Awards celebrate the Northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of the technology community, while the EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community. Key awards provided include Technology Company of the Year, Technologist of the Year, Medical/Health Services Company of the Year, Educator of the Year and Tech Advocates.

“This year’s awardees reflect a diverse array of industries and specialties, and we are thrilled to honor these companies and individuals, especially after prevailing over COVID-19 obstacles,” said Dave Archer, CEO of NCET. “Furthermore, this is NCET’s first fully in-person event since the pandemic began, and we are looking forward to bringing so many bright minds in technology together for an evening of networking and celebration.”

Additionally, NCET announced a new Tech Awards category that launched this year to reflect the excellence of the building and engineering workforces: Architectural/Engineering Firm of the Year.

Please join NCET and EDAWN in congratulating the following 2021 winners:

NCET Tech Awards

  • Hall of Fame: Haws
  • NCET President’s Award: Rod Jorgensen, Nevada Small Business Development Center
  • Technology Company of the Year: MessageDesk
  • Aviation / Aerospace Company of the Year: Iris Automation
  • Architectural / Engineering Firm of the Year: OneStudio D+A
  • Brewer / Distiller of the Year: Bently Heritage Estate Distillery
  • Food Manufacturer / Processing Company of the Year: Damon Industries
  • IT Support Company of the Year: Great Divide IT Consulting LLC
  • Logistics Company of the Year: World Options Brokerage
  • Manufacturing Company of the Year: Innovative Drive
  • Medical / Health Services Company of the Year: Nevada Health Link
  • Software Company of the Year: Nevaka
  • Technology Nonprofit of the Year (TIE): Pathways to Aviation and Reno Philharmonic
  • Tech Startup of the Year: NVO Construction
  • Creative Services Organization of the Year: Noble Studios
  • Financial Services Organization of the Year: Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • Professional Services Organization of the Year: The Applied Companies
  • Technologist of the Year (TIE): Ryan Baskharoon, PacStates and Tim Miles, Sierra Miles Group, LLC
  • Technology Educator of the Year: Kendra Marsh, Spanish Springs High School
  • Rising Star – Creative Services: Guinivere Clark, PBS Reno
  • Rising Star – Professional Services: Evynn McFalls, The Abbi Agency
  • Rising Star – Technical Services: Willis Allstead, Noble Studios
  • Tech Advocate – Creative Services: Katie Silva, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
  • Tech Advocate – Professional Services: Craig Macy, Steam

EDAWN Awards

  • Program of the Year: Reno Seed Fund
  • Founder of the Year: Cameron Bannister, Co-Founder, FreeByrd
  • Venture Catalyst of the Year: Jeffrey Saling, Co-founder & Executive Director
  • Startup Champion of the Year: Chris Yount, Independent Board Advisor
  • Ecosystem Catalyst of the Year: Nevada Small Business Development Center
  • Entrepreneurial Event of the Year: International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

About NCET
Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, northern Nevada’s largest educational and networking organization, is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. NCET’s award-winning programs include the annual NCET Small Business Expo and NCET Tech Showcase and Awards, the monthly Biz Bite and Special Event luncheons and the monthly Tech Wednesday and Biz Café events. NCET is funded by memberships, sponsorships and program revenues, and receives no state or Federal funding. NCET is not affiliated with the State of Nevada nor the University of Nevada. For more information, visit www.NCET.org.