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CIO of the Year Finalists Announced!

The results are in! Congratulations to the 2024 CIO of the Year Award Finalists highlighted below and to the 2024 CIO Choice Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Charles Bartel, VP, IT & CIO at Duquesne University! We cannot wait to share the stories of the following local leaders at this annual can’t-miss event and show you what it means to truly LEVEL UP!

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2024 CIO of the Year Award Finalists

Category: CIO – Megabyte

  • Paul Allison, PennWest University
  • Scott Angelo, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Jim Dye, Cochran Automotive Group
  • Adam Gunnett, Busy Beaver Building Centers
  • Larry Trenga, Wesley Family Services

Category: CIO – Gigabyte

  • Lisa Biondi, System One
  • Tushar Lovalekar, Koppers
  • David Reed, Maxim Crane
  • Jack Smith, Federated Hermes
  • Eng Tan, Automated Health Systems

Category: CIO – Terabyte

  • Chris Carmody, UPMC Information Services Division
  • Christine Johns, PNC Financial Services
  • Kathleen Lovett, VSP Vision
  • Bhaskar Ramachandran, PPG

Category: CISO – Gigabyte

  • Brian Abercrombie, TeleTracking Technologies
  • Dennis Carson, PennWest University
  • Tony Krance, Seton Hill University

Category: CISO – Terabyte

  • Derek Brown, EQT
  • Sam Merrell, Kennametal
  • John O'Rourke, PPG
  • Pete Zwieryznski, Koppers

Category: Tech Trailblazer

  • Rachael Afolabi, Google Fiber
  • Ebony Dendy, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jorge Guajardo Merchan, Bosch Research + Technology Center
  • Sondra Hunter, Tech Savvy Consultants
  • Crystal Morgan, UPMC
  • Frank Pascoe, Koppers
  • Janeen Peretin, PhD, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
  • Julie Prough, UPMC Corporate Services

Category: Rising Star

  • Chris Belasco, City of Pittsburgh
  • Daniel Elliott, The Wilson Group
  • Chris Kosek, K&L Gates
  • Clayton Mathis, Seegrid
  • Jon Oeler, Reed Smith
  • Madison Oliver, GitHub
  • Brian Stein, Koppers