RALEIGH, N.C.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), the primary voice of the technology industry in North Carolina, today announced two of the three individual award winners at the NCTA 21 Awards Gala, being held on November 7. NCTA will recognize excellence in the state’s tech sector during the awards gala, held at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham. The three individual awards include: Outstanding Achievement, which honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of the technology industry throughout their career; Public Leadership, which goes to a public sector individual or group that has provided leadership in the use of technology; and Tech Exec of the Year, which honors a c-level executive (based in North Carolina), who has demonstrated leadership as a top technology leader. The Tech Exec of the Year Awards is a “people’s choice” format and determined by an online poll.
“Frank Drendel and Representative Saine exemplify this type of leadership, and we are proud to honor their efforts”
Winning the Public Leadership Award is North Carolina Representative Jason Saine. Rep. Saine is serving his second term in the General Assembly representing Lincoln County. During his short time in Raleigh, he has become a key leader on information technology issues as Chair of the IT Appropriations Subcommittee in the House. He has also led on a number of important issues during the 2013 Legislative session, including: protecting student and employee social media privacy, changing State tax law to incent IT job creation, and encouraging IT innovation at colleges and universities and in State government.
Frank Drendel, chairman of the board and founder of CommScope, will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Drendel served as the company’s CEO from its founding in 1976 as a North Carolina corporation based in Hickory until the acquisition of CommScope by the Carlyle Group in January 2011 that took the company private. He has served as Chairman since 1997, when CommScope was spun-off from General Instrument Corporation and became an independent, publicly-traded company on the NYSE. In addition, Drendel is a director of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, SCTE Executive Council and Tyco International, Ltd. He has been a recipient of various awards, including the Challenger Award, Associates Award and the President’s Award. He was also honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the State of North Carolina, in 1999.
“North Carolina is fortunate to have leaders in both the public and private sectors who understand the key role of technology in the economic vitality of our state,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s president and CEO. “Frank Drendel and Representative Saine exemplify this type of leadership, and we are proud to honor their efforts,” he added.
Saine and Drendel will be on hand to accept the award at the NCTA 21 Awards Gala. In addition, NCTA will announce the North Carolina Tech Executive of the Year, determined by an online poll in which over 11,000 votes were cast. Nearly 600 are already registered for the gala, which has sold out in recent years. Early bird pricing for gala tickets ends Thursday, October 24. For more information, visit www.NCTA21Awards.com.