May 2019 - Chairman Newsletter

Well we did it again!! We had another fantastic BETAS!! 

From the Robot Competition to the Vendor Showcase to the Awards Dinner, it was another amazing event and we could not have done it without the hard work of our BETAS Committee! Thank you to Peter Ronca, DataSure24, and Nicholas Corcoran, Rich Products, for running this year's event! We also had a lot of support from Jeanne Hellert, our Board Administrator, who is nothing short of a miracle worker. Thank you, Jeanne!!

I would also like to thank Larry Hiller and Jon Kiddy who coordinated this year's Robot Competition. If you missed it or want to watch the whole thing, Full Circle Studiosrecorded it and provided a live feed for the competition, click here to watch - 
A big thank you to our Robot Competition Sponsors - Mission: Ignite, AT&T, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Delaware North, iDesign Solutions, and SunnKing!! 

Thank you to our generous Gold sponsors of this year's event.3
60PSG, LACyber, AT&T, Rich Products, Full Circle Studios, ColoCrossing, Buffalo Business First, TIBCO, Beckage LLC., Ronco Communications, 2FindYourHome, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, Bond Schoeneck & King, DataSure24, Lighthouse Technology Services, and Twisted Rope!

And thank you to our Silver sponsors: Allegra Marketing Print Mail, The Bonadio Group, ComputerPeople Staffing, iV4, Niagara University, Sedara and Synacor. Also I wish to thank AlcottHR for sponsoring our BETAS After Party again this year.

The list below is our 2019 BETAS winners, and I wish them all heartfelt congratulations. This was a tough year with so many great candidates and I think all of our nominees deserve a lot of credit for the hard work they do for our WNY Community!

Project Manager of the Year - Powered by PMI Buffalo
Nichole Tubiolo - Willis Towers Watson
Woman in Technology - Small & Medium Business
Jennifer Beckage - Beckage PLLC
Woman in Technology - Large Business:
Bina Ramamurthy - University at Buffalo
Community Leadership in Technology
John Futscher - Buffalo Game Space
Innovative Technology of the Year
EagleHawk LLC
Tech Culture of the Year - Established:
Campus Labs
Tech Culture of the Year - Start Up
Torch Leadership Labs
IT Leader - Small & Medium Business
Brian Lehman - EmergenceTek Group Inc. 
IT Leader - Large Business
Robert Ruocco - BlueCross BlueShield of WNY 
Student in Technology:
Jake Walsh - University at Buffalo
Social Media Award
Oxford Pennant
Best Website:
Buffalo Museum of Science - by Parkway Digital 

Next month, I step down as Chairman when I finish my one-year term.  I really enjoyed this special year. I have been involved with Infotech since the 2011 BETAS and never thought I would be asked to be the Chairman when I started. It was a challenging year and I learned a lot. I hope I helped you in some way deepen your connection to InfoTech WNY. I will hand the reins over to Sam Marrazzo, and if you thought this year was good, get ready because you "ain't seen nothing yet!" 

Thank you all for taking the time to read my monthly newsletter! Hope to see you again soon!
Peter Cimino
Chair, InfoTech WNY

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