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Top Tech Awards: Education, Rebecca Thomas

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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West Career and Technical Academy’s Rebecca Thomas teaches IT and cybersecurity to high school students and inspires them to explore the information technology field after graduation. As a passionate educator, Thomas takes learning to the next level and changes students’ lives by giving them technical skills and industry certifications, and preparing students for postsecondary technology education.

Top Tech Awards: Startup Tech, Daniel Shaked

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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The founder of Home365, Daniel Shaked combined his passion for tech and real estate into a useful platform for streamlining single-family property management, a service that he felt Las Vegas needed. With more rental properties per capita than any other city of its size, Home365 seeks to prevent homeowners, property managers and tenants in Las Vegas from overpaying for maintenance costs.

Top Tech Awards: Government Agency, John Lee

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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Mayor John Lee is credited for making major economic and infrastructure improvements in North Las Vegas, in part by encouraging and supporting an influx of new businesses and fixing the city’s credit rating. Over the past six years, Lee and his team have worked diligently to transform North Las Vegas and have breathed new life into areas once feared irrecoverable.

Top Tech Awards: Hotel/Gaming, Macario Gallegos

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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A former Marine, Macario Gallegos has 15 years of experience at Caesars Entertainment, dating back to when the company was Harrah’s Entertainment. Gallegos leads hundreds of employees across the country, including dozens of team members in Southern Nevada across Caesars properties. Responsible for driving on-property technical capabilities, Gallegos’ reach is vast and encompasses everything from guest check-in to keeping back-of-house and casino floor operations running smoothly.

Top Tech Awards: Community Exemplary, Maria Sexton

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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With more than 22 years of experience in information security, information technology and audit/compliance industries, Maria Sexton channels a wealth of expertise through her role at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Top Tech Awards: Lifetime Achievement, Snehal Bhakta

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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Beginning his career as an IT professional, Snehal Bhakta now works as the Career and Technical Education administrator at the Clark County School District, inspiring and empowering women and people in minority populations to explore technology and STEM fields.

Top Tech Awards: Health Care, Jonathan Baktari

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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E7 Health offers technology-based solutions to common issues in health care administration. Founder and CEO Jonathan Baktari, MD, has leveraged technology to transform the health care landscape in Southern Nevada by developing software that streamlines medical records and treatment options. With an emphasis on wellness and preventive care, Baktari strives to ensure that patients receive the fastest and highest quality of care.

Top Tech Awards: Publically Traded, Louisa Choi

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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Louisa Choi joined Lyft Nevada as the operations manager before being promoted to general manager in 2019. In the past three years, Choi and her team launched and scaled Lyft in Southern Nevada, employing thousands of drivers and employees, and serving millions of passengers.

Top Tech Awards: Private Business, George Guevara

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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Directing and managing the information technology department of a brand-new sports franchise is no easy task, but George Guevara, director of IT for the Vegas Golden Knights, did so seamlessly. Guevara built the VGK tech department from scratch in 2015, implementing cutting edge technology to support operations and playing an integral role in the growth and success of the organization.

Top Tech Awards: Nonprofit, Garrett Pattiani and Russ White

Posted by Las Vegas Sun Stories: Business and Economy on November 21, 2019
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The Charity Gurus founders Garrett Pattiani and Russ White have made it their mission to improve the online operations of nonprofit organizations. As longtime supporters of local LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS nonprofits, White and Pattiani set out to create software that caters specifically to the unique needs of charitable organizations, allowing for fewer technology disruptions, streamlined IT operations, social media and online advertising management, and increased donor contributions.