Two members of the Belmont community were recognized at the 2023 Greater Nashville Technology Council Awards. Executive Director of the Belmont Data Collaborative Dr. Charlie Apigian and 2012 alumnus Trevor Hinesley won awards in their respective categories on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Hinesley took home the NTC Award for Chief Technology Operator of the Year category and Apigian was named the Community Leader of the Year.
The Belmont Data Collaborative is a university-wide initiative that looks to infuse data skills into every facet of the culture and curriculum at Belmont—and help the social well-being of the community. Dr. Marquinta Harvey, Assistant Director of the Belmont Data Collaborative, was a finalist in the Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year category.
“Winning this year’s NTC Community Leader of the Year really shows that the work that our team is doing in the Belmont Data Collaborative is making an impact within the Nashville community,” Apigian said. “We use data to tackle hard problems and with our wonderful partners – we believe we can do great things. I am so proud of the work we are doing, the support that we have at Belmont, and I love our Nashville community and firmly believe we are just getting started with making a difference.”
Hinesley is the founder of the music library Soundstripe which received a NEXT Award from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in the Music, Sports and Entertainment category in October 2022. Hinesley commented that starting Soundstripe in Nashville instead of New York or L.A. is a strategic advantage during an NTC interview.
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve been able to do thus far at Soundstripe,” he said. “I’m thrilled that I’m able to bring home this award to share with my team. Fulfilling a vision requires a stellar team working towards a shared goal, and I’m grateful every day for the amazing people on ours.”
The Greater Nashville Technology Council’s annual awards is dedicated to connecting, uniting, developing and promoting Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and institutions.
Alumni, faculty and students are continuously recognized by NTC across various categories for the efforts made by members in Belmont’s community, united under the campus’s vision to radically champion the pursuit of life abundant for all people.