2019-11-21 Vegas Inc Top Tech Awards

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The judges

From the presenting sponsor Dear Friends: In partnership with Vegas Inc, Cox Business is honored to serve as the title sponsor of the ninth annual Top Tech Awards. Nominated by their industry peers, the Top Tech Awards recognizes and celebrates the contributions, leadership, vision and innovation of technology professionals in Southern Nevada who have excelled in their field and are committed to driving the technology industry and continued economic growth in Southern Nevada. Congratulations to each of the award recipients and nominees for their outstanding contributions. We greatly appreciate the partnership with Vegas Inc and your support, without which the Top Tech Awards would not be possible. Vegas Inc is the No. 1 business weekly in Southern Nevada, reaching 50,000 readers, and is an organization committed to journalism that informs, inspires and moves people to take action, transforming the lives of others. Cox Business and Hospitality Network works closely with local and nationwide business clients in an array of verticals and segments. We work with those clients to customize voice, video, networking services, security solutions, cloud and managed services to support their requirements and business objectives with a strong focus on economic growth, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and technology service excellence. From smart communities to cybersecurity, from gaming to sporting events, our entire Southern Nevada landscape has changed, thanks to visionaries and top techs such as those we have honored at this event. We are delighted you were able to attend and celebrate our Top Tech professionals. Once again, congratulations to the 2019 nominees and award recipients!

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Wonda Riner Executive Director of Information Technology for the UNLV School of Medicine Wonda Riner oversees a shared-services IT group that supports the academic, administrative and clinical needs of the school and its affiliated UNLV Medicine clinics. During her more than 13 years at UNLV, she has led the implementation of the campus-wide course management system, the creation and support of the Nevada Learning Network and Faculty Collaboratory, reimplemented Digital Measures Activity Insight and revised business processes surrounding tenure and promotion, annual evaluations, conflict of interest reporting and more. She joined UNLV in 2003 after working several years for a research and applied technology center partially funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research Materiel and Command-Telemedicine, and Advanced Technology Research Center. Debbie Banko CEO, Link Technologies Debbie Banko launched Link Technologies in 2000 with an old computer, a landline and a handful of clients, and has grown the company into a leading provider of professional services in information technology, engineering, business support, project management and cybersecurity/information assurance. Christopher Crescitelli Founder at DreamlandXR Dreamland founder Christopher Crescitelli has been a career freelance creative artist, writer, producer and director for 30 years. His creative collaborations cover the spectrum of artistic expression from film, television, and theatrical projects to newly emerging 3D, 4D and virtual reality entertainment technologies as well as live event marketing ventures.

Rachel Papka Chief Health Informatics Officer, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers Rachel has lived in Nevada since a very young age and joined Steinberg Diagnostic in 2014. Her role as chief health informatics officer is oversight of the Call Center, HIT and QA Reports Department with a focus on workflow, gathering staff input and brainstorming new ideas to decrease inefficiencies and streamline processes. Her experience in Healthcare Informatics stems from oversight of the Health Information Exchange and many years involved with Health Systems. Her education background includes a master’s degree in healthcare administration and informatics, and bachelor’s in business management. Rachel serves on the Nevada Tech Impact Board and was a recipient of a Top Tech Award in 2018. She loves fitness and health and helps motivate others as a Beachbody coach. With the help of her husband and four children, she tries to stay grounded and enjoys the sweet moments in life. Michael Lee Sherwood Director of Technology and Innovation, City of Las Vegas Michael Sherwood has more than 20 years of management experience in the fields of technology, process improvement and innovation. Most recently, he served as the deputy director of public safety, business services and city technology for the City of Irvine, California. Michael is extremely passionate about technology, and believes that through innovation, communication and cooperation, we can create a brighter, sustainable world for all. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in management from Pepperdine University, followed by a master’s in executive management from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.



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Lifetime Achievement

Snehal Bhakta

CTE Administrator at Clark County School District, Las Vegas Affiliate Coordinator of National Center for Women & Information Technology n Beginning his career as an IT professional, Snehal Bhakta now works as the Career and Technical Education administrator at the Clark County School District, inspiring and empowering women and people in minority populations to explore technology and STEM fields. “I work toward ensuring the technology workforce is diverse and ready for the challenges ahead. This includes encouraging and supporting young women and minorities in technology and STEM careers,” Bhakta said. “I am proud to say that our work in this space has seen an increased movement in the number of women and minorities entering the tech workforce. However, my job is far from done, as I will always strive for a diverse tech workforce that develops and innovates for everyone.” Bhakta is also Las Vegas Affiliate Coordinator for the National Center for Women & Information Technology, an organization that strives to increase meaningful participation of girls and women in technology careers. Bhakta brought the Center’s chapter to Las Vegas, where the organization is involved with both CCSD and UNLV students. By providing mentorship, recognition and networking resources for young women, the Center supports the representation of women in a male-dominated field. In the past year, it has recognized the talents of more than 100 young women and connected them with mentors in Southern Nevada. As an ally for gender diversity in the workforce, Bhakta collaborated with the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art to bring the Connective Tissue exhibit by BeyondCurie.com creator Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya to UNLV this year. “This enabled over 2,000 middle school girls to find out about the significant contributions women have made in the area of technology—like Grace Hopper, Ada Lovelace, and Katherine Johnson, to name a few—through visually stunning art,” Bhakta said. His goal is to raise awareness among young women that a career in technology is attainable. Doing so, he says, “will only strengthen our tech workforce in Southern Nevada and drive more innovation and growth to the area.”

Bhakta is the founder of the #GirlsinSTEM and #GirlsinTECH programs at CCSD, which have been active for over four years and allowed more than 4,500 students to attend events and experiences related to technology, IT and STEM fields. Bhakta also encouraged stronger connections for girls in technology by hosting #GirlsinTECH movie nights for nearly 1,500 students this year. Further, Bhakta partnered with UNLV’s International Gaming Institute to further develop the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism program, a leadership development program for low-income high school students. He also worked with the International Gaming Institute to create Battle Born Girls Innovate, an organization that introduces women to STEM careers in the gaming industry. The program served about 60 middle- and high school students this fall.

Bhakta extended his reach beyond the classroom by creating the Student Workforce & Innovation Summit to provide a space for graduating CCSD high school seniors to learn about local internships, job training programs, apprenticeships and support services. By hosting student-led workshops, providing training sessions and creating spaces for women in technology fields to grow and learn, Bhakta has connected countless students with technology innovators and opportunities. Bhakta also shows students how to apply their skills to their schoolwork, allowing students to use what they’re interested in to find success in other areas of their education. Bhakta’s tireless work to provide meaningful resources for women, girls and minorities in technology fields has made a significant impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.




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Community Exemplary

maria SExton

Director of Information Technology/ Information Security Officer at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada n With more than 22 years of experience in information security, information technology and audit/compliance industries, Maria Sexton channels a wealth of expertise through her role at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. “I am a highly engaged leader who is committed to ensuring we utilize and optimize our technology investments to improve patient care and properly safeguard patient information,” Sexton said. “I am active in the information technology and information security communities in Southern Nevada. I believe it is my obligation to assist with maturing these industries in our community and to assist those who may be interested in professional development and career advancement.”

Sexton is tasked with the delivery of technology services and leads the Information Security Program that protects patient data and UMC systems. One of the largest hospitals and care providers in the state, UMC is Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, Designated Pediatric Trauma Center, Burn Care Center and Center for Transplantation. “I am a very active member of the UMC leadership team. I collaborate heavily with leaders in other business units to ensure technology is enhancing their respective service lines and supporting efficient processes,” Sexton said. Prior to joining the UMC team, Sexton directed the IT compliance program at MGM Resorts International and led security operations programs at Walgreens and Kellogg’s. Most recently, Sexton mentored multiple ISSA CISSP Exam Prep Cohorts during the Winter 2019 session. She also chaired the 2019 Nevada IT Symposium Task Force, overseeing all planning and coordination for the event. Among a long list of accomplishments, Sexton was responsible for the implementation of the Periodic Access Review Program at UMC to ensure consistent and appropriate access to resources, and the centralized EHR (electronic health record) access management and governance to comply with the tenet of least privilege/minimum necessary. She is also the executive sponsor for Privileged Access Management imple-

mentation, the executive sponsor for Advanced DLP (data loss prevention) implementation, the executive sponsor for CASB (cloud access security broker) implementation, the executive sponsor for Exchange 2016 Upgrade Project and the executive sponsor of Windows 10 Upgrade Project.

A melding for wellness: e7 Health software combination boosts care A smart technology meld helps preventive health and wellness company e7 Health deliver high-quality care. In 2017, e7, led by its CEO and founder, Jonathan Baktari, MD and his team developed software combining electronic medical records and practice management software. The resulting program, e7 Charts, serves the company’s seven core markets — travel medicine; student health; corporate health services; drug testing; STD testing; physicals and labs; and vaccines. “We needed a software system that could incorporate all seven facets together,” Dr. Baktari said. “There was nothing off the shelf we could buy because there was nobody else doing what we do.” Cloud-based software, e7 Charts lets patients complete medical forms electronically at home or in the medical office, auto-populating many document fields for quicker completion. If a medical service is completed, e7 Charts uploads them automatically to patients’ portals same day or as soon as the results are available. Recently, e7 Health integrated its software with its partner laboratories to speed these result uploads. Also, e7 Health integrated its software system with Nevada’s immunization database, WebIZ, to let e7 Health staff see patients’ previous vaccine records and alert those patients to when vaccines are due or what vaccines are recommended they get. In a step toward education, e7 offers students in Allied Health programs vaccinations, TB skin testing, blood titers, drug testing, physical exams and more. e7 Health has also created e7 University, an online tool offering dozens of courses its team can take to better equip themselves to answer patients’ questions and provide top scale care. e7 Charts has helped e7 Health grow its profits by more than 40 percent since 2017 and excel as a private travel medicine clinic, offering every vaccine commercially available in the United States. The company plans to expand beyond Chicago and Las Vegas and add clinics nationwide. “We strive to provide clients and patients with an extraordinary service that is efficient, comfortable and easy to navigate in ways they won’t experience anywhere else,” Dr. Baktari said.

Call 702-800-2723 or visit e7health.com for more information about the company.



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Health Care

Vice President of Market IT Operations at Caesars Entertainment

CEO and Founder, e7 Health

Macario Gallegos

n A former Marine, Macario Gallegos has 15 years of experience at Caesars Entertainment, dating back to when the company was Harrah’s Entertainment. Gallegos leads hundreds of employees across the country, including dozens of team members in Southern Nevada across Caesars properties. Responsible for driving on-property technical capabilities, Gallegos’ reach is vast and encompasses everything from guest check-in to keeping back-ofhouse and casino floor operations running smoothly. This year, Gallegos and his team rolled out the Property IT Training Roadmap, which acts as a framework to address training and development opportunities for all on-property employees, ensuring that they’re positioned for success in their roles and able to take on tech challenges when presented. Gallegos also spearheaded an in-house FixIT Lounge concept, which delivers a fast, high-quality IT support service for employees and a streamlined process for the IT team. In addition to supporting back-house operations, Gallegos was also instrumental in rolling out technology-driven consumer experiences at the Linq. This cross-functional effort by Caesars Entertainment harnessed new display, connectivity and interactive capabilities. Gallegos is an innovative, influential leader who looks for consistent growth opportunities and prioritizes teamwork. At the request of the Caesars Business Impact Group VIA (Vision In Action), Gallegos hosted a discussion on Habits of Highly Effective Leaders. VIA is a group that champions Hispanic employees and allies.



Jonathan Baktari n E7 Health offers technology-based solutions to common issues in health care administration. Founder and CEO Jonathan Baktari, MD, has leveraged technology to transform the health care landscape in Southern Nevada by developing software that streamlines medical records and treatment options. With an emphasis on wellness and preventive care, Baktari strives to ensure that patients receive the fastest and highest quality of care. Baktari’s company represents seven areas of health care, including travel medicine, student health, corporate health services, drug testing, STD testing, vaccines, physicals and labs. The cloud-based platform auto-populates all the necessary information for patients and staff, allowing patients to forgo redundant paperwork upon arrival. The staff at e7 Health uses proprietary charts that combine electronic medical records and practice management software to further simplify the patient experience. From 2017 to 2019, e7 Health has grown more than 40%. It is one of the largest providers of adult vaccines and the largest private travel medicine clinic in Southern Nevada, offering every vaccine commercially available in the United States. “To provide an extra layer of protection for patients requesting a vaccine, e7 Health integrated its software system with the Nevada WebIZ database, the statewide immunization database that contains vaccination records,” Baktari said. “This enables e7 Health staff to view the patient’s e7 chart and identify whether a vaccine is needed.” Additionally, students in Allied Health programs are offered on-site vaccinations, TB skin testing, blood titers, drug testing and physical exam clinics. Large corporate clients use e7 Health’s software to archive and search employees’ medical records. As a result of integrated and intuitive technology, e7 Health is making significant changes in Southern Nevada’s health care industry.



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CEO of Home365

General Manager at Lyft Nevada

daniel shaked n The founder of Home365, Daniel Shaked combined his passion for tech and real estate into a useful platform for streamlining single-family property management, a service that he felt Las Vegas needed. With more rental properties per capita than any other city of its size, Home365 seeks to prevent homeowners, property managers and tenants in Las Vegas from overpaying for maintenance costs. “His firm’s forensic research found that the majority of property owners were grossly overpaying for services, from repairs to replacements. Oftentimes the property owners paid for services that were never completed. Shaked created a platform that streamlines the property management process and creates transparency for all parties involved: property owners, managers, service providers and tenants,” said Sarah Thornton, president of Sarah Thornton Public Relations. The app provides an easy and convenient way for tenants to request services and repairs. Without Home365, a tenant may spend months waiting for a repair due to complications getting in touch with a property manager or delays in hiring a technician. With Home365, a tenant can place a service call and have a technician booked in minutes. The streamlined process removes stress for tenants and property managers. Beginning with a portfolio of 300 properties in June, Home365 has grown to include more than 500 properties and continues to expand its reach across Southern Nevada. Home365 is projected to serve more than 1,000 properties by the end of the year. The app has been received with enthusiasm by local homeowners and expanded its reach to serve other markets as well. Shaked enthusiastically supports other entrepreneurs. This year, he participated as a judge and sponsor of Henderson’s Start Tank program, which allowed Shaked to give feedback and guidance to 25 entrepreneurs in Las Vegas.

louisa choi

n Louisa Choi joined Lyft Nevada as the operations manager before being promoted to general manager in 2019. In the past three years, Choi and her team launched and scaled Lyft in Southern Nevada, employing thousands of drivers and employees, and serving millions of passengers. Choi also helped navigate Lyft’s initial public offering in the beginning of the year, and while Lyft was in a “quiet period” during the IPO, Choi worked to build meaningful relationships with community partners, including the Regional Transportation Commission and the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities, a program dedicated to eliminating DUI-related fatalities. The partnership between Lyft Nevada and the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities works to increase the visibility and accessibility of smart ride alternatives. Another community initiative that Choi spearheaded is Lyft’s benefit car wash, which donates a portion of its proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also introduced the Wheels for All grant program that awards organizations dedicated to making a difference with $20,000 in ride credits. Choi also worked heavily on the Lyft Art Park in Downtown Las Vegas. The park serves as a showcase for art from the Burning Man festival, as well as a convenient and safe Lyft pickup and drop-off location. The creative installment served as a major improvement in eliminating confusion and hassle when hailing a ride downtown. Choi’s unwavering commitment to the Las Vegas community has supported the growth of the rideshare app in Southern Nevada as well.



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Rebecca Thomas Cybersecurity Program Leader at West Career and Technical Academy



Private Business

George Guevara

Director of IT, Vegas Golden Knights n West Career and Technical Academy’s Rebecca Thomas teaches IT and cybersecurity to high school students and inspires them to explore the information technology field after graduation. As a passionate educator, Thomas takes learning to the next level and changes students’ lives by giving them technical skills and industry certifications, and preparing students for postsecondary technology education. An educator for over 14 years, Thomas tapped into her experience and expertise when she started one of the first four-year cybersecurity education programs for high school students in public education. In addition to providing hands-on learning about cybersecurity, Thomas hosts lab-based projects, teaches about IT services and runs a CyberPatriot club at West Career and Technical Academy. By ensuring that students leave the four-year program with a wealth of knowledge regarding IT and a certification for the CompTia Security+ course, Thomas produces young professionals ready to join the workforce. Looking to the future, Thomas strives to give students the necessary tools for prosperous careers in IT and cybersecurity. With technology fields growing at a rapid pace, Thomas provides students with the support they need to find success in a competitive workforce. Thomas’ work makes a significant difference in IT and cybersecurity education in Southern Nevada. Being one of the first of its kind, the program Thomas created sets a high standard for technology learning services available to students in public education. Her commitment to her students shows in her work in and out of the classroom.

n Directing and managing the information technology department of a brand-new sports franchise is no easy task, but George Guevara, director of IT for the Vegas Golden Knights, did so seamlessly. Guevara built the VGK tech department from scratch in 2015, implementing cutting edge technology to support operations and playing an integral role in the growth and success of the organization. Today, Guevara and his team continue to support the Golden Knights’ ambitious goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to Las Vegas by enabling ticketing, team store sales, on-site activations at T-Mobile Arena and more. Those close to Guevara and the organization describe his commitment to success and humility. Recently, Guevara has overseen the implementation of the fiber network at T-Mobile Arena and City National Arena, the official practice facility of the Golden Knights. He has also assisted in the paperless ticketing system for customers and the setup of The Arsenal team store. An additional largescale project that Guevara is actively assisting is setting up the new state-ofthe-art training facility in Henderson, set to open in July.



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Garrett Pattiani and Russ White


JOHN LEE Mayor of North Las Vegas

Founders of the Charity Gurus

n The Charity Gurus founders Garrett Pattiani and Russ White have made it their mission to improve the online operations of nonprofit organizations. As longtime supporters of local LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS nonprofits, White and Pattiani set out to create software that caters specifically to the unique needs of charitable organizations, allowing for fewer technology disruptions, streamlined IT operations, social media and online advertising management, and increased donor contributions. “We have spent years working with many nonprofits throughout Las Vegas and see time and time again the challenges organizations face in working with technology and marketing. We’ve been able to translate our skills in enterprise and nightlife, and adapt our technology to meet the needs of nonprofits by becoming one. Our goal is to provide services at a zero-budget impact to organizations that use us, as well as increase donations, sponsorships and revenue opportunities,” White said. Pattiani, who also serves on the governing board of the LGBTQ Center, and White, executive director of the Lambda Business Association, have spent the past four years developing software platforms for various ventures, including the Charity Gurus. Today, the Charity Gurus work with multiple local nonprofits, including the LGBTQ Center. “Most notably, we have transformed operations for the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada by providing a new web infrastructure, creating an integrated donor management platform and consolidating donor sources,” White said. “One of the greatest benefits we provide organizations is maximizing advertising grants provided by Google.” Pattiani and White’s continuous support for nonprofits in Southern Nevada has not only allowed them to give back on a daily basis, but reach innovative software solutions for such organizations.

n Mayor John Lee is credited for making major economic and infrastructure improvements in North Las Vegas, in part by encouraging and supporting an influx of new businesses and fixing the city’s credit rating. Over the past six years, Lee and his team have worked diligently to transform North Las Vegas and have breathed new life into areas once feared irrecoverable. When Lee took office, North Las Vegas was deeply indebted and struggled to secure loans following the recession. Today, the city’s credit rating is good as a result of a 2018 bond restructuring that ultimately led to the city achieving an A-level status bond rating. Lee has continued to work to make North Las Vegas an attractive destination for new businesses and diverse industries, with particular interest in the tech sector. This year, Amazon opened a 2.4 million-square-foot fulfillment center, and other e-commerce centers have popped up along Interstate 15. Lee’s vision of a technology hub at the 18,000-acre Apex Industrial Park is becoming realized, with the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel reporting that Apex is poised to become the premier facility to develop a new generation of Technology Testing and Manufacturing Hub. They also identified the potential for Apex to support an array of companies that would create 20,000 jobs and induce an additional 56,000 jobs in the region. A champion for technology and growth, Lee’s investment in North Las Vegas’ tech industry will help create a competitive advantage for tech companies putting down roots in the city to create an environment dedicated to ongoing innovation.







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Mayor John J. Lee selected as a finalist for the

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Congratulations to all of the honorees for a tremendous job well done!





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