In the News: MEMTECH Awards


Summerfield Associates founder and president Dotty Summerfield Giusti sits on the Board for the Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management, a not-for-profit membership organization of senior technology leaders that represents over 65 local companies, educational institutions, and local governments. 

The Memphis Chapter supports the growth of technological education by their community outreach programs, which include robotics programs at Shelby County Schools and Desoto County Schools, Tech Camp at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, and scholarships at Lemoyne-Owen College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and the University of Memphis. 

The local chapter is also committed to celebrating the amazing technology leaders and innovators in our area. In partnership  with Memphis Magazine, SIM-Memphis founded the MEMTECH Awards, which honor the very best in local technological achievement. Eight MEMTECH winners were honored with a dinner at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park on Thursday, February 8, 2024. The first annual event was received with great acclaim! 

Summerfield Associates offers hearty congratulations to the winners in the following categories: 

CIO/IT Leader for a Private Organization – Marc Hamer, EVP, CIO, & CTO at Orgill

CIO/IT Leader for a Public Organization – Sandra Jeffries-Perry, CIO, Shelby County Government 

Community Leader of the Year – Audrey Willis, Code Crew Co-founder 

Crisis Leadership – Joel Tracy, CIO, IMC Companies 

Cybersecurity Leader of the Year – Lana Davenport, CISO, Sylvamo 

Trailblazer Award – Calandra Cleveland, IT Director, Autozone 

Technology Educator of the Year – Cashundra Jefferson, Senior Manager, Memphis-Shelby County Schools 

Legacy Award – Rob Carter, EVP & CIO, FedEx

In addition to presenting the Cybersecurity Leader of the Year Award to Lana Davenport, Dotty worked hard behind the scenes to make the inaugural event a success. As Memphis is increasingly recognized as a national leader in technology, we look forward to seeing the MEMTECH Awards continue each year, honoring and supporting the best and brightest in local leaders in technology and technological education! 

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