Sensor Networks, Inc. was awarded Technology Company of the Year by The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) at their fourth annual Business Excellence Awards last Thursday, December 13th. Dr. James Barsinger, CTO of SNI and finalist for Business Leader of the Year, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Every year, the CBICC strives to recognize influential businesses in Centre County at their awards showcase. The 270 business, academic, government, and community leaders that attended this years event were treated to a cocktail reception and dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn preceding the awards ceremony. The CBICC provided awards in six distinct categories and partnered with Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business to create an Ethical Business award which was chosen by Smeal College students. The winners at this year’s event are as follows:
Emerging Business of the Year- Athlete Viewpoint
Small Business of the Year- Rowland Creative
Technology Company of the Year- Sensor Networks, Inc.
Corporate/Community Impact- The Makery
Young Professional of the Year- Ashley Hardison, Penn State Hospitality Services
Ethical Business Award- Strawberry Fields/Good Day Cafe
The CBICC also recognized the CBICC Champion, Joe Shulman, president of Hotel State College & Co. and the Economic Development Champion, Cheryl Johnson, executive director of PICC, Inc.
In order to be considered, businesses were required to submit a nomination form outlining their recent projects, previous awards, and their growth outlook. A committee made up of business owners and community members from different backgrounds rigorously studied these applications and selected a group of finalists for each category. After much deliberation, panelists then choose a winner for their specific categories.
The CBICC wanted to recognize a technology company with impactful recent projects and an impressive relationship with the tech community. The Technology Company of the Year category was particularly competitive and consisted of nine nominees:
- Sensor Networks, Inc.
- Actuated Medical, Inc.
- API Technologies, Inc.
- NextHome Price Point Realty
- Twenty Over Ten
The CBICC awards committee certainly had their work cut out for them, but SNI’s tremendous growth and community involvement helped set them apart from their competitors.
Lesley Kistner, Vice President of Marketing and Communication of CBICC, commented that Sensor Networks, Inc. received this award, “not just because of the technology aspect, but the company’s growth trajectory.” Indeed, just four years ago, SNI consisted of only 3 employees and had no revenue or products. Since its founding, SNI has undergone a tremendous amount of growth and now has 47 employees, 21 shareholders, over 20 International dealers, and over $10 million in revenue in 2018. SNI’s momentum is far from tapped out, and they believe that they could potentially double their size in only three years.
Kistner went on to say that SNI’s activity in the business community and their demonstrated commitment to creating technology jobs was also a factor in the committee's decision. It was noted on their nomination form that Sensor Network’s Inc. has recently provided custom phased-array ultrasonic transducer technology to NASA’s Langley Research Center for their Advanced Composite Materials development project. Dozens of refineries and mid-stream customers around the world use SNI’s corrosion monitoring systems. ExxonMobil’s Singapore refinery is currently using SNI’s Industrial Pan-Tilt Zoom color camera system and they are GE Aviation’s preferred provider of on-wing engine UT inspection kits. SNI is also “highly involved” with the CBICC and the CBICC is currently helping SNI secure a new location for their growing business.
Sensor Networks, Inc. has had a very impressive year, and the recognition by the CBICC as Technology Company of the Year is the perfect motivation to continue growing and creating a positive impact in 2019. SNI has also received funding and awards from Ben Franklin Technology partners and currently has seven pending patents. SNI is very proud of their current accomplishments and the recognition they’ve received. There’s no telling exactly what SNI will be able to accomplish next year, but we recommend you subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date on everything happening at Sensor Networks, Inc.