Reseller News congratulates all winners and finalists and thanks all organisations and individuals for taking the time to submit nominations.
The winners of the seven award categories were announced on Tuesday, June 19 at a Celebration Lunch at the Hilton Auckland.
The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and challenging business opportunities. The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope in the ICT industry.
WINNER: Jackie Hatchwell, PS Duo
Jackie wins this award for spearheading PS Duo, a security focused distributor. Jackie has worked with a range of partners across the country, who are struggling to find the appropriate skills to design and implement security solutions in New Zealand.
The Entrepreneur award recognises the candidate who has achieved outstanding results in the ICT industry; an enterprising individual who has achieved success through risk-taking and initiative, often shattering the status quo in business in order to set up new ventures, products or new services.
WINNER: Catherine Blinkhorn, Microsoft
Catherine wins this award for outstanding work at SAP, which culminated in a move to Microsoft. Catherine leveraged global capabilities to bring one CEO and their entire team on a technology journey, which resulted in SAP winning a large multimillion-dollar contract.
The Technical award recognises the candidate who has excelled in the IT and engineering segment of the market, demonstrating a proven depth of knowledge and abilities. The candidate will demonstrate excellence in problem-solving and decision-making skills, and an exemplary level of accomplishment in job performance.
WINNER: Julia Gardiner, Westcon-Comstor
Julia wins this award in recognition of her deep technical expertise on critical electronic data interchange (EDI) projects across New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Julia has spearheaded a number of significant projects across Asia Pacific, including a recent regional SAP rollout.
The Achievement award recognises the candidate showing outstanding commitment to the ICT industry through continuous career development and professional achievements.
The candidate will have risen to a senior ICT role, earned a reputation as an esteemed thought-leader and recognised as a leader in the industry, and may also act as a role model/mentor to other aspiring female managers.
WINNER: Jo Healey, IBM
Jo wins this award in recognition of a career spanning more than 25 years. Since starting out at Computerland, Jo has risen through the ranks to lead vendor and partner organisations across New Zealand - while maintaining the values of respect and integrity.
Rising Star (under 10 years in ICT)
The Rising Star award recognises the candidate with a commitment to continuous career advancement and a proven desire to reach the next level of professional development.
The candidate - who has been working in the ICT industry for under 10 years - is growing quickly in importance in the ICT field, demonstrating outstanding business acumen and professional integrity.
JOINT WINNERS: Siva Sankari Yuvaraj, IntegrationWorks & Zabeen Hussain, Datacom
Siva wins this award in recognition of her role as a future leader within IntegrationWorks, leveraging strong development skills in the process. Siva’s long-term goal is to become a top-level technical leader, such as a CTO. Meanwhile, Zabeen wins this award for a strong first year at Datacom, delivering $3M worth of revenue across the mid-market sector in New Zealand. Looking ahead, Zabeen’s team of two already has a pipeline of over $15M for the coming year.
Shining Star (more than 10 years in ICT)
The Shining Star award recognises candidates with more than 10 years in ICT. The successful candidate will have shown noted achievements in the ICT industry, demonstrated areas of success (either through promotion or successful project/company initiatives), and highlighted significant achievements.
WINNER: Delia Gill, IT Engine
Delia wins this award in recognition of more than two decades service to the technology industry in New Zealand. Even though Delia has no technical background, she currently runs a team of eight IT engineers, as managing director of IT Engine - a business she has been involved in for more than 20 years.
The Community award recognises the candidate with exemplary service to the ICT sector, through philanthropic initiatives and efforts to foster a positive working environment for women in IT. The goodwill ambassador will be actively making a difference in the IT community, working towards the advancement of women in ICT, and going above and beyond to give back to the community.
JOINT WINNERS: Lynn Xu, Vodafone & Zoe Fitz-Gerald, Spark
Zoe wins this award for assembling a team to leverage some of Spark’s greatest assets for the benefit of others. Zoe helps make a difference for children waiting to be seen by doctors, through offering free Wi-Fi, TVs, tablets and access to Lightbox. Meanwhile, Lynn wins this award for being an active driver of the Vodafone New Zealand Women in Technology (WIT) initiatives, which inspire women into joining and growing technology careers. Lynn is also actively involved in #CodelikeaGirl, helping high school girls to learn coding skills and build their own website during a four day program.