CEO Ernst Renner and CTO Rob Nocera Named Finalists in 2013 Stevie Awards

Ernst Renner, CEO and Managing Partner, NEOS, was named a Finalist today for Executive of the Year in the 2013 American Business Awards. Rob Nocera, CTO and Partner, NEOS, was named a Finalist for Information Technology Executive of the Year. Both will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.

RobErnst3The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA’s traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. Renner is nominated in the Executive of the Year category for Business Services, and Nocera is nominated in the Information Technology category.

In 2009, Renner created a five year transformation plan for NEOS, aiming to build a world-class professional services firm. Additionally, he refined NEOS’ services to three distinct practice areas, business consulting, data services and technology modernization, which offer innovative solutions to the NEOS target market.

By applying a new, strategic focus to the firm, and executing that strategy by building a top-notch leadership team, NEOS executed-to-plan resulting in 60% growth in 2012. The firm is on target to hit its financial goals in 2013, which call for a 30% increase in growth. Under Nocera’s leadership, the company extended its tools-assisted modernization service in 2012. Nocera’s vision enabled the Vgo product family to extract more detailed meta-data from legacy technology, resulting in greater business use, insight and understanding. The products offer support of embedded business rules harvesting and process review, providing greater insight to client software issues. The ART tool, which provides in-depth insight into a client’s legacy applications, was enhanced to better focus on clients’ data dependencies. Rob also led the Vgo team to implement Sybase to Oracle and C# remediation as part of the overall software portfolio.

Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 – 24.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at .