San Diego, CA – September 16, 2021 – Ten of San Diego County’s technology innovators were recognized at the 14th annual Top Tech Awards which honors the region’s “unsung heroes” of information technology in the areas of business, education, government and nonprofit organizations.

Cox Business Vice President Duane Cameron and Director, Enterprise Sales Tiffany Markus delivered opening remarks for the virtual event. They were joined by Chris Petersen, Chief Technology Officer, and Judging Chair of Top Tech Awards 2021.

David Henderson, chief information officer for Millennium Health received the Top Tech Executive of the Year award. Jerome Fodor, chief information officer for TOOTRiS received the Top Tech Disruption award and Zeb Evans, founder and chief executive officer for ClickUp received the Cox Business Exemplary Award.

The 11 category honorees, selected from nearly 200 nominations, include:

Category                                            Honoree                                 Company

Education                                            Nicole May                              UC San Diego Health

Information Services

Future of Tech Award                         Chad Sweet                            ModalAI

Government                                        David Graham                         City of Carlsbad

Nonprofit                                             Albert Oriol                              Rady Children’s Hospital

Private Small (51-149 employees)     David Dambman                     Biosero, Inc.

Private Large (150+ employees)        Ben Nathan                             Cortica

Public Large (301+ employees)          Eric Haller                               Experian North America

Start-up                                               Ardy Arianpour                        SEQSTER

Top Tech Disruption Award                Jerome Fodor                          TOOTRiS

Top Tech Executive of the Year         David Henderson                    Millennium Health

Cox Business Exemplary Award        Zeb Evans                               ClickUp

“Now more than ever as we face new ways of working, learning and living, IT departments are critical to an organization’s ability to be innovative and agile, and the Top Tech awards recognize those exceptional IT leaders who bring modernization to their teams and our San Diego region,” said Duane Cameron, vice president of Cox Business, which has recognized local technology leaders with the awards since 2008.

Honorees for the Top Tech Awards were nominated by their peers and customers and selected by an independent judging panel.

In addition to presenting sponsor Cox Business, sponsors included San Diego Business Journal, Athena San Diego, Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Black Tech Link, Latina Geeks, Tech San Diego, and TEDx.


About the Top Tech Awards

Since 2008, Cox Business has lauded the incredible information technology innovators in the San Diego. The Top Tech Awards pay homage to the wealth of talent in our local community who have vision, take risks, and implement new cutting-edge technologies, all in the name of making their organizations more connected, more productive, and more successful. Since its inception, the Top Tech Awards has grown expansively and stands today as the premier information technology event in San Diego. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 all presiding mayors of the city declared the event day as “Top Tech Exec Day” in San Diego, recognizing the city’s information technology leaders and their amazing contributions to our community. For more information, visit

About Cox Business

The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides voice, data and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including health care providers; K−12 and higher education; financial institutions; and federal, state and local government organizations. The organization also serves most of the top-tier wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers in the U.S. through its wholesale division. For more information, please visit