Senator Jeff Tarte Recipient of the 2018 North Carolina Public Leader of the Year Award

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October 8, 2018

Senator Jeff Tarte Recipient of the 2018 North Carolina Public Leader of the Year

Raleigh, N.C.  – Today the North Carolina Technology Association announced that NC Senator Jeff Tarte will be receiving the 2018 Public Leader of the Year award. For over twenty years this prestigious award has been sponsored by the NC Technology Association. North Carolina is at the top of almost every list as a hot spot for tech, and the NC Tech Awards are dedicated to celebrating the best and brightest in the state. Technology is universal. The NC Technology Association is comprised of over 650 member companies, organizations, and institutions. NC Tech is proud to have a membership that reflects this diversity and breadth of influence.

“Senator Tarte is being honored as the 2018 Public Leader of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association (NC Tech) for his important leadership in supporting the tech and innovation economy in the state,” said Brooks Raiford, President & CEO of NC Tech. “Other legislators look to Senator Tarte for guidance and leadership on tech and innovation policy.”

Senator Tarte will be recognized for his public service to the state at the awards ceremony to be held on the evening of November 15, 2018 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park in Raleigh-Durham.

Past Public Leader of the Year recipients include:
Erskine Bowles – Former President UNC System & White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton
Dan Forest – Current Lt. Governor
Bev Perdue – Former Governor
Jim Woodard – Former Chancellor NC State University and UNC Charlotte

Senator Tarte is the Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Information Technology in the North Carolina General Assembly. He has appropriations oversight of annual technology spending of nearly $2B across all state agencies. NC is the only state to place broadband in every public school, implement a state of the art Medicaid/Medicare computer system, bring high speed internet, and pave the way for 5G wireless technology. Recently consolidated, the department of IT annually saves the state over $140M. He has championed the application of new technology and resources to fight insurance, tax, and Medicaid fraud, as well as served on the initial board of the state’s Health Information Exchange.  He is the primary legislative oversight for the implementation of a new financial computer system and the Government Data Analytics Center. With a past Top Secret DoD security clearance, cybersecurity is a top priority for Senator Tarte. He is working with the NSA/CAE to address cybersecurity education and identity protections for all North Carolinians.

Jeff was formerly in sales with IBM and a Partner at EY. He served as the interim CIO at both New England Medical Center at Tufts University and Johns Hopkins Health System. Jeff was recognized by CIO Magazine as one of the “Top 100” IT executives. Jeff currently serves on several boards.

Who is NC Tech? Link to the 650 member organizations: