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  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:39 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) has announced the winners of the 10th annual Technology Awards. IBM, Sprint and the Gannett Foundation are Pinnacle sponsors of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz and 21st Century Oncology.


    The winner of the Innovention Award recognizing technical achievement by a local technology company is Testimonial Tree for their customer reviews management platform. Benseron and Vectra Digital were also finalists for this award.





    The winner of the Transformation Award for a business that highlights the use of technology in government, nonprofit or companies outside the technology sector to address a business or operational challenge is Redicare Nursing Services. Photo Patch Foundation and Supply Samaritan were also finalists in this category.


    The winner of the Tech Woman of the Year Award to honor the accomplishments of a woman in Southwest Florida in a technology role and her commitment to diversity in STEM fields is Slone DeLong, IT Analyst, NCH Healthcare System. The other finalists were Zarela Graves, web developer, Politech and Janna Bolden, engineering teacher, Dunbar High School.

    The winner of the Partnership Award which honors a person who has made a significant contribution to the Regional Technology Partnership is Peg Elmore, Business Director, CareerSource Southwest Florida. The other finalists were Charles Starnes, Senior Analyst, Chico’s FAS Inc and  Linda Lyding retired, IBM.




    The awards dinner took place May 17. at the Club at Grandezza in Estero, Fla. Archana Vemulapalli, General Manager, Network Services, IBM Global Technology Services, delivered the keynote address. To learn more about the annual technology awards event email awards@swfrtp.org.



  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2:08 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) has announced the finalists for the 10th annual Technology Awards. CenturyLink, IBM and the Gannett Foundation are Pinnacle sponsors of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz and 21st Century Oncology.


    The finalists for the CenturyLink Innovention Award given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution are Benseron, Testimonial Tree and Vectra Digital.  


    The finalists for the Transformation Award for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge are Photo Patch Foundation, Redicare Nursing Services and Supply Samaritan.


    The finalists for the Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership are Janna Bolden, Sloane DeLong and
    Zarela Graves.


    The finalists for the Partnership Award which honors a person who has made significant contribution to the Regional Technology Partnership are Peg Elmore, Linda Lyding and Charlie Starnes.

    The awards dinner is May 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Club at Grandezza in Estero, FL. Archana Vemulapalli, General Manager, Network Services, IBM Global Technology Services, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are available at www.swfrtp.org until May 12.


    "This year's awards finalists represent some of the best technology professionals in southwest Florida," said John Lafreniere, President, RTP. "We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments."



  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2:05 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    Linda Lyding has been elected to vice president of the board of directors of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP).

    Lyding is an accomplished information technology executive, most recently as IBM Global Vice President of Network Services.

    Previously Linda was Global Vice President, Mobility Services and held multiple Director and Technical leadership roles in IBM's Global Technology Services, over a 38 year career.  

    John Lafraniere, Global Vice President of IT Architecture at Hertz and president of RTP said, “Linda's technical and business experience combined with her passion for Women in Technology and STEM programs makes the RTP the perfect benevolent organization to align with, focused on growing and retaining Southwest Florida's future technical and business leaders.”

    More about Linda along with biographies of all RTP leaders can be found at www.swfrtp.org.


  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2:04 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP)  and CareerSource Southwest Florida request the assistance of employers, who utilize technology, in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties to complete their Information Technology Skills Gap Survey.  Career Source Southwest Florida has recently been awarded a grant to identify gaps in technology related certifications and provide technology related training and testing in southwest Florida.

    Businesses participating in this survey will help identify the types of technology training and certifications needed by their current and future employees. The grant includes funding for training and testing for both employed and unemployed technology professionals as well as end-user training resulting in certifications. Certifications will be offered in 2018 and will be available to workers in the aforementioned counties.

    To participate in the survey, go to www.SWFRTP.org.  Completion of this survey does not guarantee access to funding to survey participants. For questions regarding the grant and funding of information technology related training, please contact Peg Elmore, CareerSource Southwest Florida Director of Business Services at pelmore@careersourcesouthwestflorida.com.  Question regarding the survey may be submitted to Tina LaFreniere, Executive Administrator, RTP, at tinalafreniere@swfrtp.org.


  • Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2:01 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    Archana Vemulapalli, General Manager, Network Services, IBM Global Technology Services, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Technology Awards presented by the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP).

    Vemulapalli is a past Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Washington, D.C
    . She is the recipient of several honors, including the Washington Business Journal’s C-Suite Award, The Washingtonian Tech Titan Award, StateScoop’s Golden Executive of the Year Award & Top Women in Tech Award, as well as DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech Award.

    Vemulapalli leads IBM's Network Services, securely delivering agile, resilient, and intelligent networks for public and private sector clients across the globe in support of their cognitive and cloud transformation.

    Prior to this role, she led next-generation technology initiatives at a variety of organizations from start-ups to major consulting firms to government.

    The SWFRTP annual awards meeting is May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Club at Grandezza in Estero, FL. CenturyLink, IBM and the Gannett Foundation are Pinnacle sponsors of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz and 21st Century Oncology. Tickets are available now at
    www.swfrtp.org until May 12. The RTP produces the only technology awards event in southwest Florida and recognizes businesses and professionals with awards for Innovention, Transformation, Women in Technology and Partnership.


  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:42 AM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    RTP sponsor SkyLink Data Centers was recently featured in SWFL Business Today following Hurrican Irma.  In the article, SkyLink chief technology officer Jacob Ackerman shares how their state of the art facility fared during and after the storm, what they will do better next time and how they can provide safe harbor to businesses who did not anticipate the true damage from the storm - the lengthy outages of power and internet services.


  • Friday, June 02, 2017 6:08 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    The mission of the AspireIT camp is to encourage and engage our young ladies in grades 5-12 with technology resources and instruction to enable them to make informed decisions about their future careers, particularly technology careers, so as to increase their meaningful participation in technology fields.


    Hodges University utilizes app and game programming, web design, robotics, and various other STEM related curricula in order to enhance their experience, in addition to leveraging a near-peer teaching experience with a local college student that has previously been awarded with an Aspirations in Computing Award or Honorable Mention.


    For the past two years, we have had the pleasure of having a local FGCU student lead our AspireIT camps, working closely with me as a mentor! Together we focus on the girls’ community involvement - the ability to create solutions with technology - so that they understand the far-reaching impact that they can have locally, as well as globally.

    Could you please promote these two camps for us in your local business and community? We are looking for young ladies in grades 5-12 that are ready to learn more about computer science and the opportunities that exist in technology fields! The cost of the camp is $20, which covers all four meetings in either Lee or Collier county (including lunch for all four days and all of the swag and materials that the girls are provided with). We will gladly scholarship the $20 camp fee for any girl that has a financial hardship (no questions asked).

    The registration link for the summer camps is (on the national NCWIT website for our local SWFL camp)

    REGISTER NOW !

    Hodges University is committed to increase the meaningful participation of women, girls, and underrepresented minorities in technology. Diversity is a reality in our communities, inclusion is a choice.


  • Friday, May 19, 2017 7:22 AM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

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    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) has announced the winners of the 9th annual Technology Awards. CenturyLink is the Pinnacle sponsor of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz, eMaint and 21st Century Oncology. 

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    The winner of the CenturyLink Innovention Award given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution is Flight Docs for their industry leading aircraft maintenance software platform. Onward Technology Solutions was also a finalist for this award. 



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    The winner of the Transformation Award for a business that has achieved success through implementation of information technology to overcome a challenge is Lee County Geographic Information Systems for development of life saving technology techniques for local search and rescue emergency responders. Smart Industries and Lee County Port Authority were also finalists in this category. 


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    The winner of the Woman in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership is Wendi Fowler, President, The Client Server. The other finalists were Jennifer Pellechio, Chief Operation Officer, Economic Incubators Inc.Naples Accelerator and Rita Davis, Director Adult and Career Education, Lee County School District. 



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    The winner of the Partnership Award which recognizes a RTP member who has contributed to the success and growth of the mission of the Partnership is John LaFreniere, Vice President, Global IT Architecture, Hertz. The other finalists were James Sampel, Chief Information Officer, Alico Inc. and Charles Starnes, Chico’s FAS. 

  • Friday, May 05, 2017 10:05 AM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) has announced the finalists for the 9th annual Technology Awards Dinner.  CenturyLink is the Pinnacle sponsor of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz, eMaint and 21st Century Oncology.


    The finalists for the CenturyLink Innovention Award given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution are:

    • Flight Docs
    • Onward Technology Solutions 

    The finalists for the Transformation Award for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge are:

    • Smart Industries
    • Lee County Port Authority
    • Lee County GIS

    The finalists for the Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership are:

    • Wendy Fowler, President, The Client Server
    • Jennifer Pellechio, Chief Operation Officer,  Economic Incubators Inc., Naples Accelerator
    • Rita Davis, Director Adult and Career Education, Lee County School District

    The awards dinner is May 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. Tickets are available at www.swfrtp.org until May 12. R. David (Dave) Mahon, chief security officer, CenturyLink, Inc. and former supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations will be the keynote speaker.  Mahon’s presentation will be “Cybersecurity - Best practices and proactive strategies to mitigate threats.”

    "This year's awards finalists represent some of the best technology developers, implementers and influencers in southwest Florida," said Marc Farron, President, RTP. "We look forward to showcasing and  celebrating their accomplishments at our awards dinner."



  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:26 PM | Randy Mitchelson (Administrator)

    CenturyLink Cybersecurity Executive to Keynote 9th SWFL Technology Awards Dinner

    Dave Mahon presents
    “Cybersecurity - Best practices and proactive strategies
    to mitigate threats”

    R. David (Dave) Mahon, chief security officer, CenturyLink, Inc. and former supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations will be the keynote speaker at the 9th annual Technology Awards presented by the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP).


    Mahon’s presentation will be “Cybersecurity - Best practices and proactive strategies to mitigate threats.” The awards dinner is May 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers.

    The RTP produces the only technology awards event in southwest Florida and recognizes businesses and professionals with awards for Innovention, Transformation, Women in Technology and Partnership. CenturyLink is the Pinnacle sponsor of the RTP and the Premier sponsors are Hertz, eMaint and 21st Century Oncology. Tickets are available at www.swfrtp.org until May 12.

    Mahon’s presentation centers on understanding that breaches will occur and how security executives must work with senior leaders and boards of directors to assess value, measure costs, and identify risk to then properly architect and implement a comprehensive security program. Topics will include perspective from a board of directors, balancing threats versus compliance, dealing with ever increasing regulatory and litigation actions and how to develop a cyber risk management strategy.

    Mahon was appointed chief security officer for CenturyLink, Inc. in April 2011. He is responsible for enterprise wide security strategy, information security, cyber defense, critical infrastructure protection, physical security, network fraud and abuse, industrial security, international travel security, threat intelligence, workplace violence prevention, executive protection, investigations, and liaison with the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC), National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), as well as federal and state law enforcement and homeland security agencies.

    Before the merger with CenturyLink, Inc., Mahon was the vice president of corporate security for Qwest Communications International, Inc., from August 2006 until March 2011 and responsible for similar corporate security programs that he is currently responsible for at CenturyLink, Inc.

    Prior to his corporate security positions, Mahon was a supervisory special agent with the FBI and responsible for investigating violations of federal statutes in which the Internet, computer systems and networks were exploited as the targets of terrorist organizations, foreign government sponsored intelligence operations or criminal activities. During his career with the FBI, he also managed programs related to white collar crime, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection and violent crime.

    Mahon received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Scranton. He holds numerous certifications from the FBI and the Kellogg School of Management.

    He is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, International Security Management Association, Telecommunications Security Association, Domestic Security Advisory Council, and Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.



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