JAN 25, 2016

Trace3 Announces Finalists and Judges for 2016 Outlier Award

 Irvine, CA – January 25, 2016 – Trace3, a pioneer in digital business transformation, announced today the 2016 finalists and judges for its annual Trace3 Outlier Award. The winner will be announced at the company’s annual Evolve leadership and technology conference on January 27 to January 29, 2016 at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

CIO Magazine Editor-in-Chief Maryfran Johnson will join the judging panel and share master of ceremony duties with Chad Cardenas, President of Trace3.

The Trace3 Outlier Award honors exceptional individuals who consistently deliver dynamic innovation and outstanding leadership in the field of information technology. By carefully managing risk and utilizing their own ingenuity, these visionaries deviate from the norm to solve challenging problems at the intersection of business and technology. The Outlier award recognizes CIOs who are transforming their business offerings via innovative technologies to drive further market success.

“We are delighted to announce the finalists for our 2016 Outlier award, along with a distinguished panel of independent judges,” said Todd Gallina, VP of Marketing at Trace3. “Our award finalists and judges include some of the most accomplished executives and visionaries in the field of information technology. Each Outlier award finalist has embraced a core belief at Trace3 that companies need to constantly evolve through a culture of innovation and risk-taking to stay relevant and competitive in today’s market.”


2016 Trace3 Outlier Award Finalists

  • Bill Schlough, CIO, San Francisco Giants
  • Cory Priggs, ‎Sr. Director, Global Consumer Technology, Taco Bell
  • Michael Peterson, VP and CIO, CHG Healthcare
  • Mukesh Mehta, CIO, Cetera Financial
  • Rob Ruth, CIO, High Tail
  • Robin Gordon, Chief Data Officer, Corelogic
  • Victor Fetter, CIO, LPL Financial

2016 Outlier Judges:

  • Andy Prenot, CIO, Netapp
  • Ashley Sprague, CIO, Netflix
  • Barton Warner, Director, Infrastructure Engineering and Architecture, Capital Group
  • Frank Palase, SVP of IT Strategy and Innovation, DirecTV
  • Jon Swartz, San Francisco Bureau Chief, USA Today
  • Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief, CIO Magazine
  • Sherri Hammons, CIO, IQ Navigator
  • Thiyageswaran Ramasamy, VP of IT, NBC Universal


Tony Coba, CIO of The HEAT Group, said, “There are a number of CIO-themed awards but Trace3’s Outlier Award truly celebrates the evolving role of the CIO and the importance that technology plays in today’s business environment.” Coba has served as a judge in previous Trace3 Outlier Award competitions, and received the distinguished award in 2013 for an innovative implementation of a cellular neutral-host Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at AmericanAirlines Arena and for the creation of numerous award-winning sports and entertainment products and services.


2015 Award Recipient: DirecTV

Last year, Trace3 awarded the 2014 Outlier Award to Frank Palase, Senior Vice President Strategy and Innovation – IT, DirecTV. At DirecTV, Mr. Palase drove a fundamental change in the direction of the company’s business focused on making the company more customer centric. Working with multiple business leaders at DirecTV, Mr. Palase designed a new shared IT-business process model to foster collaboration in and among teams to deliver an outstanding customer experience at multiple customer contact points.

As part of this effort, Mr. Palase pioneered a new category of mobile applications for DirecTV’s field service group, which centered on providing valuable information to allow the field service agent to do a better job and drive a positive Net Promoter Score (NPS), a customer loyalty metric that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to others.


About The Trace3 Outlier Award

The Trace3 Outlier Award is an exclusive honor, awarded annually to one individual from a select group of finalists. Past Outlier Award winners have demonstrated the following common attributes in their careers and in their approach to information technology challenges:

They understand the industry and business goals of their company as well as the technology and how that technology applies to the business. They deliver creative, out-of-the-box technology solutions. They build the trust of business leaders in their company by being both transparent and collaborative. They understand precisely how technology is going to deliver against their company’s business goal. They are skilled in building the right team, stimulating open team communication, and providing team leadership for consistent, positive results
To view the highlight video of the January 2014 event, please click here: http://outlier.trace3evolve.stgng.com.


About Trace3

Trace3, a pioneer in business transformation solutions, empowers organizations to lead their market categories by keeping pace with the rapid changes in IT innovation. Trace3 works with clients on specific business initiatives to maximize growth by leveraging the latest in cloud, big data and IT infrastructure technologies, while also focusing on improvements to organizational health. Over a decade-plus in business, Trace3 has developed a unique ability to deliver optimal solutions that unify people, processes and technologies. Today, more than 2,500 globally recognized companies’ partner with Trace3 to stay relevant and innovative in today’s highly competitive market.


Please visit our website at trace3evolve.stgng.com.

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