Do you know a commendable chief technology officer, a very valuable vice president of tech, or a dazzling director of technology? Nominate her or him for the 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint CTO of the Year Awards.

What you should know about the awards:

The 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint CTO of the Year Awards is an awards breakfast set to honor those in the top IT positions within their organizations (CTO, CIO, VP, Director, etc) at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the JW Marriott Downtown Indianapolis.

The awards will honor top achievers in three categories:

  1. Public Company CTO
  2. Private Company CTO
  3. and Not-for-Profit/Government Organization CTO.

(Categories will each feature at least two subcategories honoring nominees based on their company’s 2015 revenue).

Who you should nominate for the award:

Nominees should be high-skilled individuals in the aforementioned top technology roles who play vital roles in making their Indianapolis-area business, institution, or not-for-profit groups successful. A CTO of the Year nominee should be working together with CEOs to innovate and execute visionary plans to drive future success in growth, profitability, functionality, and competitiveness.


Deadline for nominations is June 10th, 2016

*Note that while previous winners are not eligible for nomination, finalists may be renominated.

Why you should nominate your CTO:

Nominating a colleague who quietly executes their trade without fanfare for the 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint CTO of the Year Awards can give them the recognition they deserve. Winners and nominees alike gain praise among their peers in the tech community for their outstanding work being done to power their enterprises, serve customers, and fuel growth.

See some of the great things past winners have done for Indy’s tech community:

Debra Champ, Director of Technology — Indianapolis Public Library

Besides the basics of managing the Indianapolis Public Library’s 550,000 registered cardholders, 1.8 million items in its collection and constantly evolving the user experience, Champ and her team took on the challenge of incorporating audiobook downloads into the system, making Zinio — the world’s largest digital news stand — available for magazine reading, and creating a technology strategy for the Indianapolis Public Library through 2020.

Brad Wheeler, Chief Information Officer, Vice President for Information Technologies and Professor of Information Systems — Indiana University

Since earning three degrees, including a doctorate from Indiana University, Wheeler has been working to give back to his alma mater. As the head of IT he has been on the forefront of developments in digital textbooks, virtual software delivery, open-sourced software, and innovative learning environments across Indiana University’s eight campuses. Under Wheeler’s digital textbook program, students pay a small fee to get all the digital textbook products they need and authors still get paid. Wheeler was recently part of March’s IBJ Power Technology Breakfast as a panel member (link to this on

Jim Hutchins, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology — T2 Systems

Jim Hutchins, head of IT for T2 Systems, oversaw the launch of T2’s first mobile app in 2014 and upgraded its IT infrastructure, which helped to grow the company’s roster of customers 175 percent and boost revenue 107 percent. Within this infrastructure Hutchins is responsible for allowing the same piece of software used within T2’s systems to work seamlessly for clients who are revenue-driven or service-driven and just want to cover the costs.

Bryan Everly, Chief Technology Officer — NextGear Capital

When Everly came on board at NextGear Capital, he was tasked with adding 120 software employees to their existing IT staff of only 3 members. Through a hands-on interview experience in which Everly tested candidates by giving them a project and requiring them to complete it in real time. His approach paid off, with his team successfully growing loan volume from $1.6 billion to $3.2 billion.

Mike Meadows, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President — Eli Lilly and Company

Meadows believes that success in IT only comes with the willingness to evolve, causing him to implement a number of applications and practices at Eli Lilly such as those to to support human resources, financial and manufacturing across Lilly’s global footprint, adapting IT infrastructure to support the mobile sales force, speeding up the launch of products through clinical trial efficiencies, and providing an infrastructure for high-performance computing to support drug discovery efforts. Most recently, Meadows guided an IT downsizing within the company that reduced expenses by 40 percent but caused no significant IT service disruptions.

Click here to see all 15 honorees and finalists and links to full stories about their backgrounds and accomplishments.
If your boss, friends, or colleagues are strategic C-suite technology innovators, recognize them today with a nomination before June 10.