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York Solutions Honors Twin Cities IT Leaders at Third Annual Business of IT Awards Ceremony

For the third year in a row, York Solutions awarded exceptional IT leaders with the Business of IT Awards (BIT).

The BIT Awards are designed to recognize members of the Chicagoland and Twin Cities IT communities who excel in their field and continue to make a difference not only within their organization but outside as well. The awards recognize high-level executives for their challenging work, dedication, and passion for the IT community. All winners are members of York Solutions’ Think IT Association, a professional development association designed for IT leaders.

“The mission of York Solutions is to positively impact the lives of everyone that crosses our path,” said CEO of York Solutions Richard Walker. “Part of that mission is to honor leaders in the IT community who not only excel at their challenging work, but are also dedicated to making a difference in their own communities. The BIT Awards are a celebration of that work, and the impact that it is making on the IT community.”

This year, York Solutions honored the following individuals in the following categories:

Barriers to Entry Outstanding Achievement Award: TCF Bank, Accepted by Tami Morton, Senior Manager Enterprise Service Availability at TCF Bank

Barriers to Entry Advocate Award:  Sean Sutton, Senior Principal Business Systems Analyst – IT Connected Care at Medtronic

Barriers to Entry Student of the Year Award:  Jim Lawliss, Quality Engineer at RBC Wealth Management

Barriers to Entry Big Picture Award: Teddy Bekele, Chief Technology Officer at Land O’ Lakes

Resource Acquisition Innovation Award: Daniel Gowens, Senior Director, PMO at Prime Therapeutics

Link to Leadership Alumni of the Year Award: Erika Johnson, IT Director, Supply Chain at Land O’ Lakes

Link to Leadership Faculty Member of the Year Award: Lanna Nieymeyer, AVP – Transformation and IT Strategy Management – Office of the CIO, Prime Therapeutics

Think IT Philanthropic Award: Sean Lennon, CIO at Medtronic

Think IT Advocate Award: Dawn Cooper, Agile Leadership – Sr. Scrum Master at TCF Bank

Think IT Facilitator of the Year Award: Sayeed Reza, VP of Software Engineering at Optum

Think IT Hall of Fame Award: Andrew Bingenheimer, Senior VP – Financial Crimes Development at US Bank

Most Impactful CIO Award: Francois Charette, Chief Information Officer at Optum RX

Most Likely to Become CIO Award: Trevor Farnum, VP of IT at Data Recognition Corporation

Community Give Back Award: Jote Taddese, Information Strategy Advisor, Office of the CIO at Medtronic

The Above and Beyond Award: Kamille Peterson, VP, Director, IT Service Management Office & End User Operations at TCF Bank


We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our BIT Awards recipients!

Be sure to check out photos from the event and view the presentation, here.