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ATP Announces 2012 Awards Gala Nominee Finalists

ATP Awards Gala Recognizes Georgia's Outstanding Innovators and Thought Leaders in Communications and Technology Industry
    ATLANTA, GA, October 05, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Association of Telecommunications Professionals (ATP) - a nonprofit industry association dedicated to connecting communications and technology professionals -announced today finalists for the 2012 ATP Awards. Winners will be honored at the annual ATP Awards Gala to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Now in its' ninth year, the ATP Awards Gala recognizes and honors top Georgia executives for their outstanding achievements in the development and deployment of communications technologies and related solutions. The ATP Gala has evolved to recognize both a Leadership and Innovation award within two distinct categories: Enterprise and Technology Service Provider. In addition, ATP of the Year is the premier award, which is presented to one industry executive that represents the 'best all around' contribution to the industry. The ATP of the Year award is applicable to finalists in either category.

"We are excited to announce our nominee finalists who will be recognized and honored at this year's ATP Awards Gala in November," said Gary Humphrey, 2012 ATP Gala Chair and ATP's Director of Sponsorships. "These executives represent a true cross-section of innovators and thought leaders in communications and technology and demonstrate Georgia's strength and depth nationally in both the public and private sectors."

Humphrey added that previous ATP Annual Award Gala recipients have included: (2011) Val Rahmani, CEO, Damballa; (2010) Barry McCarthy, General Manager, Asia/Pacific, Alliances and Government Solutions, First Data; and (2009) Glen Lurie, President, Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility.

Nominee finalists for the 2012 ATP Awards Gala are the following Georgia executives:

John Trainor, CIO, Aarons
Craig Ramsey, Managing Director, Atlanta - Accenture
David Nix, VP IT, Access Insurance Company
RJ Chapple, President, AdCom
John Marshall, CEO, Airwatch
Mike Cotton, CEO, Alere Health
Jay Ferro, CIO, American Cancer Society
Les Viszlai, CIO, Aptean (formerly CDC Software)
David Christopher, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Mobility
Jennifer Schoenhofer, CEO and Founder, Axis Teknologies
Vincent Oddo, President and CEO, Birch Communications
Carrie Wheeler, CIO, Cbeyond
Dan Brown, SVP & CIO, CredAbility
Mike Miller, CEO & Founder, Fiberlight
Ben Treadway, President and CEO, Fulton Communications
Ron Hutchins, Assoc. VP & CTO, Georgia Tech, Office of IT
Paula Guy, CEO, Global Partnership for Telehealth
Darrell Winfield, VP Financial Services IT, InComm
Eric Cooney, CEO, Internap
Nancy D'Amico, SVP & CIO, LeasePlan
Lance Rigdon, Sr. Director-Product Development, Manheim
Lisa McDonald, CEO, MDSi
Phil Keenan, EVP North America, Mitel
Bill VanCuren, CIO, NCR Corporation
Mike Perry, President, Optelian
Reggie Bradford, Founder & CEO Vitrue, Oracle Vitrue
David Parker, Founder and CEO, Parker FiberNet
David Guthrie, EVP & CTO, PGi
Dan Webber, CIO, Prime Holding BV
Lee Crump, CIO, Rollins
Jim Scholefield, CTO, The Coca-Cola Company
Ken Brady, VP Systems Technology & Digital Media, Turner Studios
Todd Bell, SVP of IT Infrastructure Management, Verizon Wireless

More than 600 business professionals are expected to attend the 2012 ATP Awards Gala on November 13, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. A VIP and general reception begins at 5 pm, followed by a seated dinner and awards program at 6:30 pm. The evening includes a silent auction where meeting with the nominee finalists are auctioned off with proceeds benefiting ATP's designated charity.

Individual tickets to the ATP Awards Gala are $125 for ATP members and $200 for non-members. Full-table sponsorships are available for $1,800. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit For additional information on the ATP Awards Gala, contact Gary Humphrey at

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