Digital Rochester announced the finalists for the eighth annual GREAT Awards. Short for “Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievement in Technology,” the awards recognize individuals and organizations from the Rochester area who are making contributions to innovation and technology. The awards presentation is Sept. 26 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

This year’s event, themed Technology Playground, celebrates innovators in the community. The nominees are:


Best Tech Workplace Award

  • Datto, Inc.
  • Innovative Solutions
  • L-Tron Corporation


Digital Marketing Award

  • The Digital Hyve
  • Monro, Inc.
  • Site Hub


Emerging Tech Company Award

  • Direct Mail 20/20
  • Intelon Optics, Inc.
  • SnapEval, LLC


Emerging Tech Leader Award

  • Jaime Eisenhauer, VP of People, Innovative Solutions
  • Robert Mostyn, Digital Games Hub Coordinator, RIT Center of Media, Arts, Games,
  • Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC)


Project Manager of the Year

  • Devin L. Hawkins, Strategic Initiatives Director, Trillium Health
  • Dr. Suzanne Piotrowski, Licensee & Executive Director, TedX Rochester
  • Christine Principe, Project Manager, Rochester Regional Health
  • Nicole Torcello, Project Manager, Butler/Till Media Services, Inc.


Student Achievement Award

  • Nathan DeMario, Phase Innovations, LLC, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Brandon Sheppard,Team Op-Siix, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Amanda Zaremski, WINutRx, Rochester Institute of Technology


Tech For Good Award

  • Datto, Inc.
  • Jewish Senior Life
  • Positive Science, LLC
  • Sonya Travers


Technology Innovation Award

  • Envative
  • Greenlight Networks
  • Innovative Solutions
  • SSRN


Tech Luminary Award Winner

New this year, the Tech Luminary Award winner was selected from nominations submitted by DR board members. Andre Godfrey, President/CEO, Entre Computer Services, will be recognized at the event as the 2018 GREAT Awards Tech Luminary winner.


The program kicks off at 5 p.m. with an exhibitor showcase that features some of Rochester’s top technology companies, networking and grazing stations. Tickets for the awards event are $110 for Digital Rochester Members and $125 for nonmembers.