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50 Innovators of the Year 2021

50 Innovators of the Year 2021

50 Innovators of the Year 2021


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Cox Enterprises

Richard Cox, Senior VP & CIO Cox Enterprises is a global company with nearly 50,000 employees and nearly $20 billion in revenue. Cox remains a values-driven private corporation that can invest in long-term growth and is proud of its four-generation family leadership.

AccuTec Blades Inc

Rick Gagliano President & CEO AccuTec provides the highest quality specialty, medical, and professional blades for customers worldwide. These bladed products serve diverse industries including Medical, Flooring, Manufacturing, Food Processing, and Medical Device Manufacturing.

The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers

Bill Johnson, Founder & Chairman In 1987, Bill Johnson founded The Liberty Company. Since then, it has grown into a national, multifunctional, leading insurance brokerage. The firm now employs, cover and hold partnerships with many businesses and individuals across the US. This gives The Liberty Company unique insight to different state regulations, enhances its communication efforts, and overall creates a more well-rounded work environment.


AJ Olander, Vice President Salelytics (formerly West Revenue Generation) is one of the nation’s leading providers of Inside Sales, Account Management & Inbound Support services. It helps its partners drive incremental sales, increase market share and strengthen relationships with their customers.

Vista IT Group

Jeff Stevens, President Starting from a humble two-man operation in 1986, Vista IT Group has steadily grown into one of the largest and most established technology providers in the country. Over that time, the team has worked hard to earn its reputation for being a trusted and unbiased solutions provider.

Demotech, Inc

Joseph Petrelli, President & Co-Founder Demotech, Inc. is a financial analysis firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1985, Demotech has been serving the insurance industry by providing consulting services as well as accurate and proven Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) for Property & Casualty insurance companies and Title underwriters.

BRISA America Corp

Paulo Toledo, Founder & CEO BRISA America has comprehensive experience in software testing, particularly mobile devices, software development and custom solutions. It helps you to avoid rebuilds for your software, offering a complete testing solution for your company.


Jim Lubinski, Vice President Otava is a global leader of secure, compliant hybrid cloud and IT solutions for service providers, channel partners and enterprise clients. The company's tagline, 'Expect Exceptional,'​ is a reflection of Otava's mission to deliver clients and partners an experience that truly rises above all others.


Steve Legge, COO NetNumber, Inc. is the leading provider of centralized signaling and routing control (CSRC) solutions to wireless and wireline telecommunications operators around the globe.

Stories of Asia

Sam Neo, Founder & CEO Stories of Asia is a media storytelling incubator company that is passionate to build a strong, inspiring, relatable, inclusive and empowering community across Asia. Stories of Asia was formed to build a strong and inclusive community which will empower people in Asia with the confidence to share their stories.

PPi Technologies GROUP

Roderick Charles Murray, CEO PPi Technologies Group was formed to sell machinery that manufactures pouches with slider and press-to-close zippers from printed laminated roll stock films and also offers prefabricated pouches with spout fitments.


Sepp Rajaie, Founder TechR2 offers patented, on-site hard drive and data destruction, shredding, degaussing, as well as decommissioning services for all your digital assets and digital media.

Appriss Retail

Steve Prebble, President Appriss Retail helps retailers realize the best consumer experience while maximizing profit. Its data science-driven solutions empower retail partners to make real-time decisions that remove friction from the shopping journey and reveal new opportunities for engagement – on everything from returns and rewards to people and products. Designed to meet the needs of each brand.

Minesoft Ltd

Ophir Daniel, Co-Founder Minesoft has fast become an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working with industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities around the world. develop databases and software solutions for the Information industry,


Naveen Rajkumar, President & CEO ISOutsource is a one-stop flexible end-to-end IS consulting and support solutions provider. Its mission is to provide outsourced technology support and technology consulting services that leave you feeling happy, productive and supported. As one of the valued clients, you will experience highest standards of professionalism and customer service.

Anointed News Journal

Chris Collins, CEO Anointed News Journal is the nations primier publication for winners featuring local and national stories. It empowers individuals through education, inspiration, economics, entrepreneurship, sports, entertainment, politics and the arts. It is its desire as a leader in the urban market to build relationships between your organization and the community at large.

John Galt Solutions Inc

Alex Pradhan, Product Strategy Leader John Galt Solutions serves mid-market and large global enterprises facing complex supply chain planning challenges helping them make better and faster decisions by offering a market leading end-to-end supply chain planning solution. The Atlas Planning Platform, its single integrated planning platform with advanced analytics and machine learning, automates planning and facilitates real-time end to end demand and supply balancing and scenario planning.

e-Ventus Corporation

Mr. Joseph LaMantia, President e-Ventus Corporation has provided powerful supply chain software and ERP consulting services for two decades. It helps global manufacturers and distributors streamline their operations faster through lean business processes and ERP enhancements.

Synergy Health

Brad Norris, Founder, Synergy Health assists organisations in achieving more of their strategic goals. It does this by delivering new levels of customisation within a digital wellbeing platform and challenge suite.

Simnet Inc

Ted de Vos, Founder & CEO Simnet provides Managed IT services, Private Cloud and Managed Security Services, protecting businesses with high-quality end to end IT solutions. By partnering with Simnet you’ll receive a balance of in-house and cloud IaaS and Security services tailored to your needs.


Omar Hammoud, President & CEO Continuously propelling innovation forward, APG-Neuros is the leader in wastewater treatment markets throughout North America, Western Europe and the Middle East. Holding a strong foundation in both aeronautic technology and engineering APG-Neuros is a key international player in its field.

Point Nine

Andreas Roussos, Director Point Nine is an industry-leading team of experts specializing in trade processing and reporting. Point Nine uses their in-house proprietary technology, to provide an in-class solution to all customers and regulatory reporting requirements.

Digital Air Strike

Alexi Venneri, Co-Founder & CEO Digital Air Strike helps businesses engage with consumers online with targeted ads, more 5-star reviews, custom social media marketing, patented lead response, and A.I. powered intelligent messaging. Its dedicated team and award-winning technology deliver measurable ROI to 5,000+ businesses worldwide.


Scott Wassmer, General Manager, AMER Appnovation is a full service digital consultancy with experience and capacity to meet the needs of even the largest most complex of organizations in the world. Its services portfolio enables to offer clients the best of experiences when working with its teams so as to make sure it keeps their focus on the needs, customers and delivering tangible value to the business. End to end services; endless ideas.


Fadi Hawli, CEO & Co-Founder Testpoint is a leader in delivering innovative, forward-thinking services and technology solutions. It has leveraged relationship with its customers and partners over the years to build and evolve into a trusted technology partner.

365 Retail Markets

Krishna Vedula, Chief of Technology and Operations 365 Retail Markets is the global leader in unattended retail technologies and a personalized partner to foodservice operators on the road to success. Its combination of MicroMarket, vending, mobile, touchless, and dining technologies creates a cutting-edge point-of-service platform for any business or location.

MCG Consulting

Paul A. Murdock, Founder & MD MCG will help you navigate the complexities of the evolving financial landscape. The company delivers innovative, seamless solutions that increase your organizational efficiencies achieving exemplary results.

Rumble Fish

Olga Degtiarova, CEO and Co-Founder Rumble Fish is a Software Development House specializing in Blockchain, FinTech, e-commerce and Cloud Computing. The company quickly adopts latest technologies delivering cutting-edge functional, accessible and fast solutions.

Jim Doherty, President has the experience and resources to tailor a FAVR program to your company's budget goals. With its vehicle data variety, nearly any industry can implement a FAVR Plan that meets their needs.

Business IT

Boris Arciniegas, Founder & CEO Business IT supports its clients to meet their business goals through "Green IT" technology solutions. It enables organizations to reduce operational costs, increase efficiency and improve productivity through sustainable and environmentally friendly IT practices.

Fan's Global SocialNGN LLC

Manoj Kumar Padhi, CEO Manoj Kumar Padhi, the CEO of Fan's Global network, has been working towards creating a secure social media network as well as other tools like email, which are free from the big data companies and do not collect or misuse user data.

Transcendent Realty Investments

Jeromie Tucker, Founder & CEO Transcendent Realty Investments (TRI) 's primary focus is on strategically investing in all aspects of real estate through acquiring and selling both commercial and residential properties. They invest through investing partners, wholesaling, and fix-and-flip.

Perfect Corp

Alice H. Chang, Founder & CEO Perfect Corp. founder and CEO Alice Chang identified a need and use for augmented reality and artificial intelligence in the beauty space as a way to improve the consumer shopping and product trial experience.

Omaha Media Group LLC

Brad Nietfeldt, Founding Partener Omaha Media Group, LLC is a privately held faith-based creative management firm centrally located in the heartland of America, Omaha, Nebraska. It is a company that designs and develops intuitive web, mobile and SEO friendly applications to help companies take advantage of the power in social and business collaboration, cloud computing, mobile applications, and next-generation tools for enterprise business.


Jay Kreps, Co-founder & CEO Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. With Confluent, its customers can meet the new business imperative of delivering rich, digital customer experiences and real-time business operations. 


Mitch Labrador, Co-Founder & CTO CreativeSims was formed in order to bring its immersive training platform and next generation training solutions to the commercial market. The firm's training immerses, engages, enhances retention, and accelerates learning. CreativeSims maintains a strong connection with Creative Veteran Productions through collaboration on existing commercial and government contracts.

Esposito Intellectual Enterprise

Brian J. Esposito , Founder & CEO Esposito Intellectual Enterprises sources and get behind some of the most exciting global developments in beauty, fashion, technology, music, entertainment, charities, government, transportation, liquor, and many more new and exciting industry developments.

Exponential AI

Nikhil Mendhi, COO Exponential AI drastically accelerates the process of building, deploying, and scaling enterprise grade AI solutions enabling evidence based decision making, accelerating automation of complex enterprise processes, and continuously gathering feedback to nurture and curate the strategic and operational knowledge of the models it operates.

Cobalt Iron

Richard Spurlock, Founder & CEO Cobalt Iron is the global leader in SaaS-based enterprise data protection technology. Founded in 2013, our software platform, Compass®, is deployed in over 40 countries, across all top cloud providers, and operated from 22 global data centers.

GAT Marketing

Charles Anderson, CEO GAT Marketing is a full-service creative, content-creation, traditional, and digital marketing agency. It strategizes with you and implement programs that help you reach your vision and goals. Whether its your agency of record or working with you on specialized a la carte projects, you become part of the GAT family. And it puts family first.


Jay Kaplan, CEO & Co-Founder Synack, the most trusted crowdsourced security testing platform, delivers smarter penetration testing for dynamic attack surfaces on a continuous cadence. The company’s hacker-powered, AI-enabled pen test provides access to the best worldwide talent, scalable and smart technology, and insights that secure our nation's critical infrastructure and leading brands and businesses.


Gene Yoo, CEO Resecurity is an American cybersecurity company with headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The company provides next-generation endpoint protection and intelligence-driven cybersecurity solutions to leading Fortune 500 corporations and governments worldwide.


Richard Limpkin, CPO Focused on continuous innovation in line with the needs of global business, Immedis enterprise grade platform supports the complete end-to-end payroll cycle and provides advanced reporting and real-time data analytics.

Women's Coin

Prof. Christine Bamford, Founder & CEO Women's Coin® vision is to redefine charitable giving through tokens, blockchain, smart contracts and virtual reality. Every time you send a charitable donation no intermediary fee is deducted Undiluted financial support to those in need to live a better life


Andy Bhushan, Co-CEO Citytwig is an InsurTech AI platform used by insurance/financial services carriers to reduce customer cost of acquisition and increase sales on new products. Its mission is to maintain a circle of protection for every individual with the correct insurance products based on personalized needs across all insurance lines.


Martin Rowinski, CEO boardsi is a modern recruiting company providing executives with advisory positions and companies with top talent. Through its advanced technology, human connection and private network we help revolutionize businesses and grow careers.

Codex Beauty Corporation

Barbara A Paldus, CEO Codex Beauty Labs is a biotech company grounded in science, dedicated to supporting the microbiome, and pioneering products having clinically proven, meaningful skincare benefits. Its mission is to blend the sciences of ethnobotany and plant biology with biotech innovation, to create a new standard within the natural space: plant-based biotech beauty.

COREONYX Government Solutions

Guy Mincey, CEO Forged by passion for service, unflinching integrity, and unwavering commitment to its client’s mission, CoreOnyx was created to deliver the value, quality and integrity its clients demand.

The NextGen Project

Heikki Leskinen – Founder & CEO The NextGen Project is a growing international community of young leaders working in start-ups, corporations, and non-profit organisations who help senior executives to discover how to stay relevant and attractive to their future customers, employees, and investors.


Dr. Umar Saif, Founder and CEO SurveyAuto: Don’t just digitize the survey form, Digitize the entire process of field data collection.

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