Winners Announced for 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards

Winners Announced for 2014 Georgia CIO of the Year Awards

October 31, 2014

footer_gcla_logo_129The Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) proudly announces the winners of the 16th Annual CIO of the Year® Awards.

Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony on October 31, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. George Conrades, Chairman & Former CEO of Akamai gave the keynote address to over 950 guests, representing Georgia's largest organizations and their technology partners.

Established in 1998, the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program of its kind. This annual event honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in managing their organization's enterprise-wide information systems. CIOs and those in equivalent positions are selected by a distinguished panel of CIO judges, including prior Award winners, based upon their contributions in innovation leadership, business value and community involvement.

The 2014 CIO of the Year Award winners are:

Global - Over 10,000 employees and multinational operations
  - John Trainor - VP & CIO, Aaron's Inc.

Enterprise - Over 1,000 and under 10,000 employees
  - Bryson Koehler - EVP & CIO, The Weather Company

Corporate - Up to 1,000 employees
  - Walt Carter - CIO, Generation Mortgage Company

Emerging - Under 250 employees and technology is the primary driver of high growth
- Joshua Silver - VP of Product Development, Paitentco

Non-profit/Public Sector - Government, education, and not-for-profit organizations
  - Curtis Carver - Vice Cancellor & CIO, University System of Georgia

Lifetime Achievement
  - David Guthrie - CTO, PGi

About the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA)
The Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) is Georgia's preeminent professional association for senior technology leaders. Founded in 2003, its membership is comprised exclusively of chief information officers or individuals in equivalent positions from public and private companies, government, education and not-for-profit organizations throughout the state. The GCLA is a 501(c)(6) professional association led by a CIO Advisory Board from organizations including Georgia-Pacific, GE Energy, American Cancer Society, NCR Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company. The GCLA is underwritten by support from Deloitte, IBM, Intellinet, Microsoft, and Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.  Learn more at

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