Awards submissions will be reviewed by a committee selected from the SIIA Software and Services Division Board of Directors. Board members whose company is nominated or has any conflict of interest with nominees will not be able to judge that category. 

Brian Bell

Chief Marketing Officer, Ping Identity

"Innovation often comes when we pursue ideas with no guaranteed outcome. I'm a big believer in creating a culture that's comfortable taking risks and experimenting with new ways of doing things.   It's through this experimentation that extraordinary innovation can be achieved."

Brian comes to Ping Identity by way of Zuora, where he served as CMO. At Zuora, he built a world-class team that defined the "Subscription Economy" market and established the company as the leader in the new subscription billing category.  Previously, Brian was general manager of the Service & Portfolio Management Business at CA Technologies where he helped transition on premise application businesses to subscription cloud services. Prior to CA, Brian oversaw marketing efforts at BMC Software, built Remedy Software's marketing organization to be a leader in IT Service Management, and held business development and product management roles at Extricity and Kao Corporation.   Brian also spent several years with the Boston Consulting Group.  Brian holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

Flint Brenton

Chief Executive Officer, CollabNet

Flint has extensive experience leading innovative software companies and has an exceptional track record of accelerating growth through product innovation and sales execution. Currently CEO of CollabNet, a Vector Capital-owned leader in open Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). He also serves as an Operating Partner at Vector, advancing its position as a transformational partner to technology businesses. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of AccelOps, a provider of a leading IT operations analytics platform for cloud and virtualized infrastructures. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Tidal Software, a leading application automation software solution provider, which later was acquired by Cisco. After the Cisco acquisition, Mr. Brenton served in various follow-on capacities, including Vice President of Advanced Services and as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Cisco's cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) software offerings. At both AccelOps and Tidal Software, Mr. Brenton more than tripled sales under his tenure while focusing both companies on disruptive product introductions.

During his 25-year career, Mr. Brenton also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NetIQ's Security and Administration business unit and has held various leadership positions at NetIQ, Compaq Computer Corporation, BMC Software, and IBM. He received a master's in business and public management from Rice University and a bachelor of science degree from Mount Union College.

Marc Chiang

Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

Marc has over twenty years of transaction advisory experience and will assist clients with buy-side and sell-side due diligence processes, covering growth equity investments, valuation and purchase agreements, complex revenue recognition issues and working capital adjustments, among other areas. Marc brings deep technology sector credentials and will work closely with Pagemill Partners, a Division of Duff & Phelps, that specializes in technology M&A.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Marc was a partner at Grant Thornton and served as the transaction advisory services national technology leader and California practice leader. Marc started his career at one of the Big Four accounting firms in audit and transaction advisory services. Marc received his MBA from the International Institute of Management Development, and his BA and MAcc from the University of Waterloo. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

David Egts

Chief Technologist, Red Hat's North America Public Sector Organization

As the intersection between public sector customers and Red Hat engineering and product management, his customer interactions and domain expertise blend customer needs with industry trends to help Red Hat define open source computing in the enterprise.He has achieved Red Hat's highest level of certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), and has received Red Hat's highest employee honor as a Red Hat Chairman's Award recipient.

David has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Red Hat in 2007, he specialized in visual simulation, virtual reality, human computer interfaces, and scientific visualization at Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Follow David on Twitter at @davidegts and catch his weekly technology podcast at http://dgshow.org.

Feyzi Fatehi

Chief Executive Officer, Corent Technology

Feyzi Fatehi is a technology visionary, innovator and entrepreneur. As a Silicon Valley veteran, he is a pioneer in the SaaS and Cloud industry and serves as the CEO of Corent Technology – the recipient of Outstanding Cloud and SaaS Platform Award in 2015.

Feyzi has studied at Cambridge, Princeton, UT Austin, and UCLA and has given talks at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford, and at industry events around the globe. As an avid supporter of education, Feyzi serves as an advisor to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, as a member of the UCI CEO Roundtable, UCI School of Engineering Leadership Council, and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Feyzi also serves as a mentor and advisor at two Southern California technology incubators: Evonexus and the UCI Applied Innovation Institute.

Lorna Fenimore

President & Chief Operating Officer, MultiPub

Lorna Fenimore is the president of Multipub, the makers of a subscription and audience management platform that automates accounting, fulfillment and marketing operations. During her tenure at the company, she’s seen the market evolve from strictly printed content to a heavily digital business. A leader in the industry, she partners with her team to adapt their system to anticipate and meet the technological needs of data and content providers.

She started her career at Multipub in 1987 as a Software Support Representative. It was in this role that she began to learn the ins and outs of the business. In 1994, she was promoted to Vice President of Sales. Here, she took her knowledge of the Multipub platform and industry on the road and worked with potential new clients to further develop the system and forecast future trends. After 18 years in that position, she was promoted to president, where she resides today.

David Gee

Chief Marketing Officer, Zuora

David Gee joined Zuora’s executive management team in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience marketing innovative enterprise and mobile computing products and solutions, and having held leadership positions at number of top global technology companies.

Prior to Zuora, Gee was the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Infoblox, where he was a key member of the management team that took Infoblox public and doubled revenues over its first three years as a public company. During his time at Infoblox, Gee built the worldwide marketing team, successfully drove the growth of the sales pipeline, and helped Infoblox pioneer a whole new category -- DDI -- that encompassed the DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management, massively increasing Infoblox’s addressable market. Prior to Infoblox, Gee served as Vice President of Marketing and Enterprise Solutions of the webOS Global Business Unit at HP, and also served as HP Enterprise Services’ Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and as HP Software’s Vice President of Marketing. Before HP, Gee served as Vice President, International, for the Yahoo! Enterprise Solutions business unit, as Vice President of Sun Microsystems’ Global iForce programs, and as Director of IBM’s NetGen group.

Gee holds a B.A. in marketing from Lancaster University, England, and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

David Hicks

Vice President

Worldwide ISV, OEM, and Java Business Development and Marketing

David Hicks is Vice President, Worldwide ISV, OEM, and Java Business

Development for Oracle. In this capacity he is responsible for driving Oracle Public Cloud, Java and software product adoption and certifications in the partner community. David also leads marketing focused on awareness, demand generation and go to market activities

with partners. David joined Oracle in 2006 and prior to working in his current capacity, he was responsible for Strategic ISV sales and Strategic Global Partner Account Management. Before joining Oracle, David worked for Siebel Systems for 7 years in Global Alliance and Channels, most recently in a capacity where he managed Siebel’s SI

and Platform partnerships.

David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years.

Robert Hiss

Director, Accenture

Bob is a Managing Director at Accenture in their Products and Platforms business unit responsible for product management and growth & strategy across their nine software businesses. Prior to Accenture he served as the Vice President of Engineering and Client Services at Choicestream Inc., a website personalization software company. Earlier, Bob was the CEO of MarketSoft Corporation, a provider of marketing automation solutions which he sold to Unica, later sold to IBM. He began his career at Andersen Consulting in their Andersen Software unit following completion of a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Amede Hungerford

Chief Marketing Officer, Dell Boomi

Amede Hungerford brings to Dell Boomi more than two decades of experience in driving growth and innovation strategies across the enterprise software and technology market. As CMO, Amede leads the global marketing organization and is responsible for driving market leadership, global awareness, demand generation, product marketing, strategic events and communications for Dell Boomi.

Amede Joined Dell Boomi from NetSuite, where he served as vice president of global marketing and played an instrumental role in the Cloud ERP company’s explosive growth by scaling the marketing team, expanding into new markets, and moving up-market into the enterprise. Prior to NetSuite, Amede held senior marketing leadership positions at Intuit, FICO, Sybase, and Hewlett Packard Company.

Amede holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Dan Lohmeyer

Vice President, Product Management, Cisco Systems

Dan Lohmeyer is a Vice President of product management at Cisco Systems, with responsibility for the enterprise software portfolio. This includes product strategy, offer definition, positioning, pricing, policies, and business success.

One of his major responsibilities is Cisco ONE Software, which provides a new way for customers to purchase infrastructure software from Cisco, across the data center, wide area network, and local access domains. Cisco ONE Software provides customers with more business value from a broad software portfolio, business agility from faster access to Cisco’s innovation, financial predictability through license portability and subscription pricing, and simplicity by including the software necessary for the most relevant customer scenarios.

Prior to joining Cisco, Dan spent 10 years at Microsoft in a variety of leadership roles. He led the Office 365 customer experience team, responsible for customer’s overall satisfaction with Office 365. He was responsible for business management of the Microsoft Business Solutions division. He was responsible for Microsoft’s strategy and business outcomes with Independent Software Vendors, including revenue, technology adoption, and satisfaction.

Before Microsoft, Dan was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company for 6 years. He earned his bachelors and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brendan McCorkle

Founder, CEO at CloudMine

Brendan oversees management practices and facilitates the company’s high-level strategic vision. He is a serial entrepreneur with extensive mobile and UX experience.

Prior to CloudMine, Brendan founded three companies, two of them software and mobile related: Textaurant, now TurnStar, and Fourth Power Solutions. Previously, he held various managerial and account relationship positions at Sunoco Chemicals, Business Solutions International and Fisher Scientific.

Brendan received a Master of Science in Engineering in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, a program sponsored by the school of engineering and Wharton. He graduated with a B.A. from Ithaca College.

Brad Mehl

Chief Executive Officer, Boundless Markets

Brad Mehl is the CEO of Boundless Markets.  He has over 25 years of experience at start-ups, mid-market companies and billion dollar enterprises in software, business information and services, media and marketing services.  His expertise is creating new revenue streams and turning marketing and business development functions into well-oiled machines. His clients have included major media companies, private equity firms, ventures backed by Google and FORTUNE 500 companies.

Mehl is a prolific writer and speaker.  His newsletter is read by thousands of business people and he contributes to Chief Executive magazine, Chief Marketer magazine and other publications.  He has advised start-ups for years, is on the Board of SIIA’s Software Division, was a mentor to DreamIt Ventures, and is on the faculty of the Content Marketing Institute.

He has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, completed graduate work at Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands and has a B.S. from Cornell University.

David Murray

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

David is a product development and technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in enterprise and embedded software. In addition to David's consulting experience, he has 15 years of experience in the software industry where he has held vice president positions in product management and engineering and served as chief technology officer at two companies, including the higher education software division of SunGard Data Systems. David’s focus at PwC is Product Development and Innovation for Software clients and SaaS transition strategy and management.

David graduated with honors with a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. with concentrations in marketing and corporate strategy.

Kevin O’Brien

Vice President, IoT Partner Sales, PTC

Kevin O’Brien joined PTC in 2016 as Vice President of IoT Partner Sales where he helps partners leverage the ThingWorx platform to build new IoT applications and grow their business. Prior to PTC, Kevin spend eleven years at Oracle, holding multiple roles in alliances and ISV business development where he helped ISVs transition their applications from client-server systems to hosted and cloud services. Kevin also serves on the SIIA Software & Services Division Board of Directors.

Morris Panner

Chief Executive Office, Ambra Health

As CEO of Ambra, Morris Panner leads the company on its mission of delivering better care through better technology. Morris is an active voice in the cloud and enterprise software arena, focused on the services and healthcare verticals. He is a frequent contributor to business, healthcare, and technology publications. Before Ambra, Morris built and sold an industry-leading business-process software company, OpenAir, to NetSuite (NYSE:N). He once served as the US Embassy Resident Legal Advisor in Bogota, Colombia; and his first job ever was as a janitor at his old high school while on summer break from college. Both of these very different experiences taught him valuable lessons about the human condition, and make him cherish his time with family that much more. Morris has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard University.

James Stanton

SVP, Marketing, 451 Research

James is the SVP, Marketing for 451 Research. He is working to make 451 Research a globally recognized brand that is synonymous with enterprise IT innovation. James is focused on building an inbound digital marketing engine, creating an engaging research dashboard for our subscribers, and is actively pursuing partnerships with leading media organizations. Previously he was the EVP of Products and Marketing for Environmental Data Resources (www.edrnet.com), a property information business held by DMGI (www.dmginfo.com). In this role, he institutionalized a product innovation process, built an inbound marketing organization, explored strategic partnerships and uncovered new market opportunities. Prior to joining EDR, James spent four years with Gartner (NYSE: IT). As VP, Product Management, and later VP, Corporate Marketing, his responsibilities spanned every aspect of product development, management, and marketing for B2B products aimed at IT end users and technology service providers. James has a diverse background within the marketing field. Previous to Gartner, he worked for global agencies where he led account teams for brands such as Bank One (now Chase) and GlaxoSmithKline. He has also worked within the food and beverage/entertainment industry, where he held the Sr. Marketing Director post for Hard Rock International.

James holds a BA from Williams College and a MFA degree in design and technology from Parsons School of Design. Outside of the office James is an avid skier, tennis player and father of two boys. He also moonlights as a singer/songwriter playing gigs in New York City.

Joe Talley

Partner, Deloitte Services LP - Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice (TMT)

Joe Talley is an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and the Technology Industry Professional Practice Director in Silicon Valley serving venture-backed and publicly-held technology companies. He has more than 34 years of private sector, audit and consulting experience in several industries, including technology and manufacturing. Joe is a Software Division Board Member of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and frequently speaks on the topic of revenue recognition.

Neil Wainwright

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WainTech Solutions

Neil has over 25 years of technical engineering experience and has been an entrepreneur in building and managing businesses for over 20 years. He has a strong business leadership background and broad technical skills cultured through firms he has founded and through senior management positions held at Nortel Networks, Lotus Development and IBM. Neil is a Professional Engineer and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

This year's nominations will open in September 2018.
Contact Jenny Baranowski if you have questions about the nomination process.