GoPro, Acorns and Eturi Recognized at Orange County and San Diego Timmys

Second Annual Timmys Returns in 2016 to Name Region’s Best Employers and Managers for Tech Professionals

IRVINE, CA (October 19, 2016) Tech in Motion announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Orange County and San Diego Timmy Awards today, after recognizing top local employers of IT professionals in front of 250 of their peers during an awards ceremony at UCI Applied Innovation in Irvine. Submitting more than 7,700 votes, the local tech community selected the winners from 30 remarkable finalists, including noteworthy first runner-ups GoPro, Appletree and Mike Selberis of Glidewell Laboratories, to represent the best of tech work culture, startups and management in the region.

The 2016 Orange County and San Diego Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Technology Manager: Jim Magner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eturi Corporation
  • Best Tech Startup: Acorns (pictured below)
  • Best Technology Work Culture: Technossus

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“We are honored to recognize the growing tech community in Orange County and San Diego with our second annual Timmy Awards here,” said Tech in Motion Organizer Jaime Vizzuett, Division Manager of Workbridge Associates Orange County. “This year, we were able to highlight finalists who were nominated by their peers because they are companies that are growing daily not only in size, but in the number of innovations they are sharing with the community.”

“The entire event really celebrated local leaders and innovators creating the best tech workplaces,” said Tech in Motion organizer Kevin Gabrielson, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners Orange County. “It was an added thrill to hear emcee Richard Sudek, a lifelong entrepreneur, experienced angel investor and Executive Director of UC Irvine Applied Innovation, praise the progress of the community here.”

Last night presented a first in Timmy Awards history: this is the only time a company was recognized two years in a row. Last year, Eturi as a company won the Best Tech Startup Award under the name ParentsWare, since rebranding  to better reflect their growth and potential. This year, the Best Tech Manager award went to Jim Magner, President and COO of Eturi, making them the first employer to be acknowledged twice (pictured below receiving his Timmy Award).

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According to his coworkers, Magner is the silent hero behind Eturi Corporation’s success, involved with every element of its operation. Every day, he spends time in the ticketing system talking personally with users, while still managing to coordinate engineering, product, design and marketing decisions without hesitation.

Winner for Best Tech Work Culture, Technossus (pictured below), regularly provides a myriad of technical learning opportunities as well as tuition reimbursements for the training courses that their technically curious staff are always wanting to take. They make the latest in technology hardware and software available, from Augmented Reality to Cognitive Computing environments. They challenge their teams to leverage these cutting edge tools and shine by frequently sending them to compete in hackathons all over the world.

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The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart. The next ceremonies are the 2nd Annual Timmys of both San Francisco and DC on December 8. Please visit for more information.

Runner-ups for the 2016 Timmy Awards were also recognized at the ceremony last night: GoPro (pictured first below), Appletree (second below) and Mike Selberis of Glidewell Laboratories (third below).

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About Tech in Motion Events

Tech in Motion, presenter of the Timmy Awards, is an international events series that brings local tech community professionals together to connect, learn, and innovate. What started as a collaborative project between IT recruiting firms Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates in 2011, grew into an organization of over 72,000 members across 11 chapters in North America including Boston, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, LA, Orange County and Toronto. Please visit for more information about our notable speakers, sponsors and events.

Recap: Made in DC Tech Panel

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At one of it’s biggest events to date, the D.C. chapter of Tech in Motion gathered entrepreneurs and tech aficionados alike at the infamous startup incubator, 1776, located in the heart of downtown D.C. The event that brought these groups all together? It was none other than Tech in Motion’s “Made in D.C.” panel discussion, featuring some top influencers and prominent thought-leaders from the local tech community.

As the attendees began to arrive, there was no shortage of eager and inquisitive individuals milling about the tables of Tech in Motion’s featured sponsors, Microsoft and After a fun demo by Microsoft’s representative, Lisa Abdilova, on the ways to bring your travel plans to life via Bing, OneDrive, and Internet Explore, the panel kicked off. The panelists for the evening consisted of Ghafran Abbas, the Chief Architect at SocialRadar; Chuck Ghoorah, EVP at Cvent; Ian Lotinsky, VP of Engineering at LearnZillion; and Evan Burfield, a Co-Founder at 1776. The discussion was moderated by the Co-founder and COO of Nexercise, Greg Coleman.

Made in DC Panelists

The panel detailed the trials, tribulations and successes from their personal experiences of fostering a company from the ground up in D.C., with a specific emphasis placed on tech companies. The panel kicked things off with the question, “What does D.C. have to offer compared to other tech hubs like Silicon Valley, New York or San Francisco?” The panelists unanimously agreed that D.C. is uniquely and actively looking for solutions to real, substantial quality-of-life issues in such areas as education and healthcare. The startups in D.C. focus on issues that matter, rather than coming up with the next social app like “YO” – and what’s more, the community is proud of that.


The conversation then shifted to address common challenges that startups encounter when looking to get a foothold in the District. Evan stated that the biggest challenge he sees showing up time and time again for any startup in the community “is how fragmented D.C. traditionally is and how to overcome that”.

This fragmentation has proved a big barrier to overcome, with the result that the tech communities local to Virginia, D.C., and Maryland rarely cross paths. Individuals are very supportive of their own communities but show a surprising reluctance to venture out into each other’s spaces and connect; however, as Chuck stated, the willingness to help on another out within the community is astounding. When prompted further, Ian stated that D.C. has not “reoriented all of the available assets in D.C. to focus around this [tech] community,” which continues to perpetuate this lack of resource awareness that prevents startups from thriving.

Ghafran then navigated the discussion towards a more technical focus, expressing that the main challenge facing the tech community and startups in D.C. is a series of disconnects. Ghafran stated that the challenges he’d seen as a developer are two-fold. Many developers find it difficult to connect with non-developers and, in part as a result of this gap, many companies experience difficulty in finding the tech talent they require. Along a similar vein, one of the biggest tech challenges that Ian experienced in his career was finding entrepreneurial engineers and teaching them company culture or vice versa.


The dialogue wrapped up with a nod towards what the future holds for the D.C. tech community. There were two trends that the panelists agreed upon as being a part of DC’s future. The first was a movement of startups geared towards topics unique to D.C. Ghafran stated that D.C.’s future lay “in healthcare, education, and government. It’s what’s unique to D.C. and [we] will see a huge engine of startups come and focus on that in the next ten years”.

The second trend was broader in nature and expanded to include not only D.C., but also the country as a whole. Currently, Silicon Valley is commonly viewed as THE place to be for technology. However, Evan argued that “while Silicon Valley has been viewed as this tech mecca, there will be a diffusion of this to different cities,” which will transition the tech community away from this mecca-mentality.

The dialogue then wrapped up with a brief Q&A section, closing out the event with a tangible buzz of excitement and inspiration in the air. Check back in next month for a recap of the next D.C. event – or just join the DC chapter to be a part of it.