Tech10 Awards 2019

We partnered with Tech Collective to name ten innovative thinkers in Rhode Island's IT community and five up-and-comers in the Next Tech Generation.

We are proud to present the Next Tech Generation award. This award, presented by Cox Business, is given to individuals who are helping to lead their companies forward in the field of technology. These employees, chosen by the leadership of their companies, are making important contributions to their organizations and are seen as future leaders in the industry.

Top row:
Elioenai Jose Diaz
Systems/Network Engineer, KVH Industries
A global leader in mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems, enabling people on sea, land and air to stay connected and remain on course.

Kim Paull
Director of Data and Analytics, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
The office coordinates among five health and human service agencies, which together assure access to high-quality and cost-effective services that foster the health, safety and independence of all Rhode Islanders.

Bottom row:
Paola Reyes
Data Analyst, AAA Northeast
A company that provides road service and specialized services including financial services and loans, insurance, travel, student driver education, windshield replacement as well as legislative support for highway safety.

Brandon M. McDole
Senior Applications Analyst, Lifespan
A comprehensive, integrated, academic health system affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, with partners including Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Bradley Hospital, Newport Hospital and Gateway Healthcare.

Joseph Lefrancois
Senior Network Engineer, Vertikal6
A full-service IT consultant offering IT outsourcing, professional services, hosting services and software development to help clients maximize revenue and uptime.

Q&A/Next Tech Generation

Do you think your career will always involve technology? If so, in what way?

“Technology has always had a strong role in my life. I will always see my career inside IT fields. Whether it is building computer networks, developing backend enterprise services or creating new web-based applications, technology will always be at
the forefront of my career.” —Elioenai Jose Diaz

“I’ve always played sports, but rowing, which I started in college, taught me that I work best with and through teams, that my power comes when I humble myself to the whole. My family and social culture has always been mission-oriented, so service to community is central to my work. And yes, for most of my life, my dad built our computers and fixed them, and every other piece of technology we could break. I’m not necessarily ‘better at technology,’ I’m just unintimidated by the guts of it.”
—Kim Paull

“Technology is a big driver of innovation in the field of data analytics. For this reason, I think that analytics will always involve new and evolving technologies. The availability of self-service-analytics tools like Power BI and Tableau has allowed analysts and non-technical business users to gain insight and drive data-focused initiatives. At the same time, advanced analytics tools provide the ability to quickly discover deeper insights and make predictions.” —Paola Reyes

“In one way or another I believe all careers will eventually have some aspect of tech involved. I would love to find a way to apply my skill set to other areas that I am passionate about as well, such as animals. Sooner or later, I would like to transition from analyst-level system build and move into leadership when the time is right.” —Brandon M. McDole

“I absolutely think it will. My passion for technology started at a young age and has only grown since. Technology is a part of all aspects of my life and I couldn’t imagine myself in any other career. I’m lucky enough to be in a field that is always growing with better and new technology, and I love to learn new things. The technology field is the perfect fit for that.” —Joseph Lefrancois

Tech10 Lifetime Achievement Award

David C. Marble
The Tech10 Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a member of the technology community who has devoted his or her career to the improvement of the overall industry. David C. Marble, a longtime partner and supporter of Tech Collective, has embodied this through his professional and community efforts. Marble is the president and CEO of Oshean. This is a non-profit coalition of universities, kindergarten through twelfth grade schools, libraries, hospitals, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing innovative Internet-based technology solutions for its member institutions and the communities they serve. Marble is committed to growing Oshean’s role as a strategic asset for the research, education and economic future of the region. In addition, Marble serves on a number of regional boards, national boards and strategic committees in the research and education community including secretary of the board of directors for the Northeast Research and Education Network (NEREN) and past chair of the CEO Roundtable for the Quilt, the national research and education coalition. Marble also is on the steering committee for the Eastern Regional Network (ERN), a new organization dedicated to collaboration and resource sharing in university research and the building of the next generation research network for the country.