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August 29, 2003

Fast 50 Tech Titans Awards

TECH TITANS Community Hero Award:

Abid Abedi, Adea Solutions Inc.

The Community Hero Award recognizes an individual within the technology industry for outstanding achievements in community involvement.

Background: Adea Solutions is a business and government solutions firm specializing in five key practice areas: business consulting, customer relationship management, business intelligence, mobility and software development and integration.

What the judges considered: Abid Abedi is heavily involved in the community, serving on numerous boards and contributing to the community, both financially and with his time. He is a board member for the American Heart Association, North Texas Commission, Dallas County Community College Foundation, Dallas Museum of Art and the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a trustee for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; a charter member of the Dallas Chapter of The Indus-Entrepreneurs; and on the advisory board, School of Accountancy, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Nominator comments: “The impact Mr. Abedi has had on the community is difficult to determine, since so many benevolent efforts are not publicized. He donates time and money per the above involvements and the results and impacts of those contributions are reasonably obvious. In addition, he has had an impact on numerous lives by: funding scholarships for 10 full-time students in 2002 and 2003 for the Dallas County Community College District; has been involved in a collaborative working session with high-ranking city and community leaders led by the Foundation for Community Empowerment to strengthen lower income families; contributed personal computers, software and network infrastructure for several organizations, including the Sunny Acres Community Association serving lower income individuals with computer skills training and employment coaching; has made contributions to numerous benevolent activities, religious organizations and community initiatives.”

— Randall Neal, Randall James Monroe Inc.

TECH TITANS Emerging Company Horizon Award:

Roxanne Bigvand, BizDesign Software

The Emerging Company Horizon Award (companies with less than 100 employees) recognizes outstanding innovation and unique accomplishments through potential breakthrough technology, processes or services within the technology and communications industry.

What the judges considered: With BizDesign’s software, any company with an Internet or Intranet presence can share, manage and/or sell its digital assets on demand and at a fraction of the traditional price. This saves a company time and money and eliminates the need for developing an in-house or outsourced software solution. BizDesign’s customers have the ability to manage their digital asset libraries from a centralized location, allowing multi-location users to collaborate, in a group setting, on the distribution of assets throughout the enterprise and to clients throughout the world.

Nominator comments: BizDesign’s founders established the company based upon principles of quality, automation, simplicity and adaptability, with an understanding it takes more than technological prowess to create an industry standard product.

— Randall Neal, Randall James Monroe Inc.

Randall Neal and James Leverette are members of the TECH TITANS Awards committee. This prestigious award was established by the Metroplex Technology Business Council in 2001 to recognize greatness in areas beyond the balance sheet.

Their nominations in 2002 resulted in eight finalists and one winner — Benefit Mall Inc., Corporate Horizon Award.

In 2003, four finalist and two winners — Adea Solutions Inc., Community Hero Award, and BizDesign Software, Corporate Horizon Award.