And the winner is!

Presented by Cox Business, the Top Tech Awards celebration is held annually to honor the region’s top information technology (IT) leaders. Nominated by their peers and clients, the awards acknowledge the outstanding efforts of these often unsung heroes in the world of IT.

The USS Midway Museum’s director of IT, Shawn Granen, took home the 2023 Cox Business Exemplary Award for his stellar IT efforts and leadership at the museum.

“Shawn has excellent IT skills,” said Phil Hamilton, Midway’s chief financial officer. “More importantly, Shawn has the personal skills that combined with the technical skills make him an excellent fit for the Midway team.”

This accolade highlights Shawn’s multiple achievements on Midway since he took charge of the museum’s IT department two years ago. He’s modernized Midway’s hardware and infrastructure, upgraded the ship’s Wi-Fi, as well as updated the museum’s storage capabilities and website. He also successfully integrated the Southwest Airlines Flight Academy into the museum’s robust educational offerings. All of Shawn’s effort have contributed to Midway’s security, growth and profitability.

“On behalf of the entire Cox Business team, I want to extend my warmest congratulations to Shawn,” said JC Teopengco of Cox Business hospitality and cloud solutions. “His dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed. We’re absolutely thrilled that he was chosen as the well-deserved recipient of the Exemplary Award. His remarkable achievements have truly set him apart.”

Started in 2008 by Cox Business vice president Larry Coval, the Top Tech Awards have grown into one the most prestigious award events in the region and the competition amongst the nominees is stiff.

“The Midway IT team is comprised of a bunch of rock stars who make me look good every day. Without the hard work and dedication from them, I would never have been able to succeed in the way I have.”

Shawn’s high information technology IQ and collaborative style that helps build consensus, set him apart from his peers.

“Winning the Top Tech Exemplary Award is a true honor,” said Shawn, who joined Midway in April 2021. “With over 130 nominees representing all facets of the San Diego tech scene, it validates the importance of our mission here on Midway. While this honor is bestowed on an individual, in reality, this is very much a group achievement award. The Midway IT team is comprised of a bunch of rock stars who make me look good every day. Without the hard work and dedication from them, I would never have been able to succeed in the way I have. I sincerely thank my team for putting me on their shoulders and carrying me forward.”

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