It takes a special blend of leadership, innovation, commitment and courage to succeed in today’s challenging IT industry. Promoting those qualities, and recognizing the industry leaders who exemplify them, is a major aspect of TierPoint’s annual BraveIT conference.
Each year, the conference showcases tech thought leaders and their insight into important industry topics. This year’s conference, on September 19 in New York City, featured inventors, developers, cybersecurity experts, analysts, authors, artists and IT executives in industries ranging from financial services to telecommunications.
At the end of each BraveIT event, TierPoint also honors an individual who exemplifies leadership and commitment to using IT for the benefit of a worthy cause. Winners are chosen through an online vote, open to everyone, which is advertised via social media and email to TierPoint’s many partners and customers. The award winner receives a trophy and a $10,000 donation to their chosen charity.
Last year, the BraveIT 2018 award honored Joe Wilkinson, the co-founder and executive director of Code the Block in Kansas City. Code the Block is a non-profit organization which educates under-privileged youth in math, programming, software engineering, application development and other in-demand IT skills. Wilkinson’s vision and leadership has enabled many lower income students to get a computer sciences education that would have otherwise have been out of reach. Additionally, by educating young adults and teens, Code the Block is also helping Kansas City businesses and organizations by expanding the pool of potential IT employees.
This Year’s Winner is…
This year’s BraveIT award winner has been equally generous with his time and talents. Uriel Ash, the SVP of engineering and infrastructure for the Cross River Bank in Fort Lee, NJ, is a tireless volunteer for several charities in Rockland County, New York. Ash, who studied electrical engineering at Columbia University in New York, has helped charities in his area to implement or improve their IT infrastructure, as well as provided significant IT support to keep it operating.
The non-profits who’ve benefited from Ash’s help include a soup kitchen; a thrift store dedicated to providing affordable appliances, furniture and clothing to financially-strapped individuals and families; and a volunteer ambulance service. The Hatzalah ambulance service, where Ash also serves as a volunteer EMT, provides low-cost and free emergency services to the community. Ash is one of many IT role models who contribute their time and energy to improve the IT “quality of life” in their communities.
Congratulations to Uriel Ash on being this year’s Brave Award winner.