CIO Decisions Magazine Announces 2006 Midmarket Leadership Award Winners

25 senior IT executives honored for outstanding accomplishment at annual CIO Decisions Conference

IT media company TechTarget today announced the 2006 winners of the inaugural CIO Decisions Midmarket Leadership Awards program. Lauded for their extraordinary achievements in resourceful, business-focused use of information technology, the 25 winners will be featured in the July issue of CIO Decisions, a monthly publication that made its debut in April 2005 to a circulation of 50,000 senior IT executives.

The winners, announced on the opening day of the CIO Decisions Conference at the La Costa Resort & Spa, were chosen from more than 175 individuals nominated for this new awards program. They will receive their awards at a gala dinner ceremony held Wednesday, June 7th at the conclusion of the CIO Decisions Conference, where 200 CIOs and IT executives are gathered this week to discuss critical issues in technology and business management.
“Achieving IT/business alignment is a leading goal for companies of all sizes, but it’s especially important in the midmarket where smart technology choices have such a direct, measurable impact on business success,” said Maryfran Johnson, VP and Editorial Director of TechTarget CIO Decisions Media. “Our editors and our external judges were very impressed with the levels of business achievement in this extraordinary group of IT leaders. It’s a great privilege to draw this attention to their accomplishments with this new annual awards program.”

The CIO Decisions Midmarket Leadership Awards focus on IT leadership and business alignment in companies with $50 million to $2 billion in annual revenues. Among the 25 winners, the average company size was $420 million, with more than 1,400 employees, 45 IT staffers and 30 branch offices – a highly representative sampling of midsized U.S. businesses. IT security, data management, enterprise infrastructure and disaster recovery and ROI were ranked as the Top 5 most important technology issues among these executives, followed by enterprise software, application integration, risk management, e-commerce and staff development and training.

CIO Decisions’ 2006 Midmarket Leadership Award winners are:

  • Jesus Arriaga, Vice President and CIO, Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
  • Shelly Barnes, Vice President Technology & Process, Arizona Tile, LLC
  • Barry Brunetto, Vice President Information Systems, Blount International Inc (Oregon Cutting Systems Group)
  • James Craig, Jr., CIO/VP, Information Systems, Cooper Communities, Inc.
  • Ronald Crall, CIO, St. Joseph Healthcare
  • William Danuloff, Vice President & CIO, The Gorman-Rupp Company
  • Eugene Guertin, CIO, Smart Document Solutions
  • Tony Habash, CIO and Director IT Strategy and Implementation Services, AARP
  • Mark Jensen, Senior Vice President/Chief Risk Officer, Farm Credit Services of America
  • Mark Katz, Vice President Worldwide IT, Esselte Ltd.
  • Sam Lamonica, CIO, Rudolph and Sletten
  • Michael Lehman, CIO, Batteries Plus, LLC
  • George Lin, CIO, Advent Software, Inc.
  • André Mendes, Vice President & Chief Technology Integration Officer, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
  • Jack Ondeck, Senior Vice President/CIO, Bristol West Holdings, Inc.
  • Lynn Phillips, Vice President, Information Systems & CIO, American Community Mutual Insurance Company
  • Mykolas Rambus, CIO, W.P. Carey & Co.
  • Sean Saunders, Director of Technology, FNF Construction, Inc.
  • John Schindler, CIO, Kichler Lighting
  • Gregory Schueman, Vice President & CIO, Employers Direct Insurance Company
  • Mike Taylor, CIO, Pitt County Government
  • Aline Ward, CIO, Mississippi Power – Southern Company
  • Robert Wittstein, Vice President Procurement and CIO, Sappi Fine Paper North America
  • James Woolwine, CIO, Majestic Insurance Company
  • Tony Young, CIO, Informatica Corporation

CIO Decisions magazine launched in April 2005 as the only monthly executive magazine serving businesses in the U.S. midmarket, the fastest-growing market for IT products and services. Editorially, the magazine focuses on the strategic priorities of midmarket IT executives, ranging from aligning technology and business at their companies to ensuring their IT organizations deploy the most cost-effective, innovative systems and processes. Already the publication has won several prestigious editorial and design awards, including a silver “Eddie” award from Folio magazine in the technology/computing/telecom design category. CIO Decisions Media also includes two IT management-focused websites, and provides senior IT management of midsized to large enterprises, with business and technology news and resources to effectively manage the IT needs of their organizations. provides IT managers at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with technology news and hands-on guidance for managing and maintaining their IT infrastructure.

TechTarget is a leading provider of specialized online content that brings together buyers and sellers of corporate IT products. We sell customized marketing programs that enable IT vendors to reach corporate IT decision makers who are actively researching specific IT purchases. We operate a network of 35 websites, each of which focuses on a specific IT sector, such as storage, security or networking. IT professionals rely on our websites for key decision support information tailored to their specific areas of responsibility. We complement our online offerings with targeted in-person events and three specialized IT magazines that enable advertisers to engage buyers throughout their decision-making process for IT purchases. As IT professionals have become increasingly specialized, they have come to rely on our sector specific websites for purchasing decision-support. Our content enables IT professionals to navigate the complex and rapidly changing IT landscape where purchasing decisions can have significant financial and operational consequences. Since our founding in 1999, we have developed a broad customer base that now comprises more than 1,000 active advertisers who placed business with us in 2006, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Research in Motion, SAP and Symantec. More information about TechTarget is available at

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