Technology Experts and Entrepreneurs Shine at the Annual CityLIGHTS Gala

citylights-2011-awards-280-squareLast Thursday, Total Attorneys enjoyed a spectacular evening with the Illinois Technology Association at Union Station in downtown Chicago for the CityLIGHTS Awards Gala. It was thrilling to be there as a nominee for the Rising Star award, and it was an honor to share the ballot with so many innovative and inspiring companies.

The CityLIGHTS gala is a yearly opportunity for technology executives, entrepreneurs, experts and investors to gather for an evening of dining, networking, socializing and celebration. It’s the largest technology gathering in the state—bringing together over 700 people representing 400 companies, organizations and government bodies. Our team had a blast meeting with many of the state and nation’s leading entrepreneurs, and we look forward to next year’s event.

Here is a list of the awards that were presented last week. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners!

CityLIGHTS Award: Presented to an individual or business that actively and consistently supports the growth of the Illinois technology industry through demonstrated collaborative involvement that brings a spotlight on the community. — Howard Tullman, Flashpoint Tribeca Media Arts Academy

CEO of the Year Award: Presented to the CEO who has led extraordinary business growth of their technology company over the past year. – Adam Caplan, Model Metrics

Technologist of the Year Award: Presented to the individual whose talent has championed true technology innovation, either through new application of existing technology or the development of technology to achieve a truly unique product or service. – Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology

Newcomer Award: Presented to the company that has the strongest potential to emerge from its start-up phase to become a leader in the technology industry. – Tap.Me

New Concept Award: Presented to the company or individual regardless of size and status of the company with the best new technology-focused concept of the year. – MentorMob

Rising Star Award: Presented to the company, which, through innovation in products, services or business approach, has grown to become a serious competitor in the marketplace. – Aircell

Lighthouse Award: Presented to the company who has taken a leading role in the national industry while attracting national attention to the Illinois technology industry. – Groupon

Best Strategic Use of Technology Award: Presented to the non-tech organization whose has leveraged technology to provide a differentiated product or service, or has transformed the norm in their industry. – Chicago Transit Authority