Virsys12 and Founder Tammy Hawes Named 2014 NEXT Awards Finalists

NASHVILLE, TN – 2013 NEXT Award-winning technology consultancy Virsys12 has been named a finalist for the 2014 NEXT Awards in the Technology Growth category. Additionally, founder and president Tammy Hawes has been selected as the sole female finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will jointly present these awards to recognize the accomplishments of companies and individual entrepreneurs in five areas of business especially important to the Nashville economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; social enterprise and sustainability; and products and services. Individual awards will also be given for Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

“The NEXT Awards gives us a look inside the energy and vitality of Nashville’s entrepreneurial community,” said Chamber President and CEO Ralph Schulz. “The new ideas and companies coming out of the region bolster our reputation as a real engine for creativity and innovation in music, technology and a whole range of business ideas.”

According to Michael Burcham, CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, “Nashville’s enthusiasm to embrace entrepreneurs and innovators is one of our communities’ real strengths. We’ve developed a strong ecosystem to support new companies and that is an important asset for a successful and vibrant economy.”

“Winning the NEXT Award as Technology Startup last year was certainly a highlight for Virsys12,” comments Virsys12 founder and president Tammy Hawes. “It is truly an honor to be a finalist for the NEXT Awards in 2014 among such a great group of entrepreneurs and strong companies in Nashville. We believe this recognition goes to our clients because it is their success that is the true measure of the value of Virsys12.”

Hawes will receive recognition as a NEXT Awards finalist at an awards ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 20, at War Memorial Auditorium. A finalists’ celebration will also be held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

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Virsys12 is an award-winning technology consultancy and one of Tennessee’s largest Cloud Alliance Partners serving clients nationwide. Founder and President Tammy Hawes and her leadership team, bring over 50 years of executive leadership success achieved across a wide variety of large, small, public and private enterprises. Virsys12’s rapidly growing individually certified team maintains top customer satisfaction ratings and excels in lean business process and creative solutions. Virsys12 is the choice for any customer-centric business using cloud data to improve quality, speed, security and ROI.

The 2014 NEXT Awards are hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and presented by Bank of America. Additional sponsors include Pivotal Partners: Delek US Holdings, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, First Tennessee and Ryan LLC; Friends of the Chamber: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and MissionPoint Health Partners; Associate Sponsors: Bandit Lites, KraftCPAs and Lipscomb University Center for Entrepreneurship; Supporting Sponsors: c3/consulting and Entrepreneurs’ Organization; Technology Partner: Atiba; and Media Partner: TN Media. For more information, visit