Regional technology awards go to newbie Savtira, perennial favorite eMason, others
Above: Savtira CEO Tim Roberts, in shirtsleeves, and Gregg Sullivan, right, stroll down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Roberts likes Ybor’s atmosphere but the pace of growth at his tech company means Savtira is looking at downtown tower office space for its future headquarters. Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr., St. Petersburg Times
Wake up and good morning. Kudos to some up-and-coming as well as some more established tech companies, thanks to awards announced by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum this past Friday evening.
Ybor City's Savtira Corp., the cloud computing e-commerce platform business, was named emerging technology company of the year. The firm, which arrived at the start of this year in Ybor with 65 employees, already has plans to add hundreds more, is expanding to another Ybor building to accommodate growth and says its executives will move to a downtown Tampa office tower. The company's growing a breakneck speed, which produces a cacophany of news sometimes, from Savtira sponsoring Ybor's Guavaween parade to CEO Tim Roberts reportedly still in need of mopping up some past regulatory fine (reports the Tampa Bay Business Journal).
Also receiving awards from TBTF:
* eMason, CEO Jane Mason's defense software business and no stranger to tech awards, won technology company of the year. The St. Petersburg Times sat down with Mason last year. Read more here. That's her, by the way (photo, right), playing ping pong with tennis great Jim Courier. Photo: James Borchuck, St. Petersburg Times.
* myMatrixx, Tampa's pharmacy benefits management firm, received the excellence in service award. Inc. magazine ranked the company No. 1918 on its fifth annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.
* The community supporter of the y award went to Tampa' s Museum of Science and Industry.
* The rising star award went to Jennifer Bakunas of Bridgeline Digital. Most of you will associate Bakunas with Magnetic Corp., which Bakunas sold to Bridgeline in 2001 for a modest $1.03 million. Read more here from the TBBJ.
* And the outstanding leadership award went to Kevin Hourigan of Tampa's Bayshore Solutions.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times