Kronos Wins Top MIMC Prize

Kronos took home company of the year honors at the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council’s fifth annual Interactive Leadership Awards.

About 300 people attended the show last Tuesday at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. The awards honor key companies and executives responsible for advancing Internet technologies in New England.

“Being named company of the year by MIMC is an honor,” said Jim Kizielewicz, vp of marketing and corporate strategy at Kronos, Chelmsford, Mass., a provider of labor management software. “The recognition is even sweeter when combined with the milestones that we’re celebrating in 2002—our 25th year in business and our 10th as a public company.”

Ray Ozzie, chairman and CEO of Groove Networks in Beverly, Mass., received the MIMC lifetime achievement award for his many contributions, including the development of Lotus Notes.

James Dolce, president and CEO of Unisphere Networks, Westford, Mass., was named CEO of the year. Unisphere provides carrier-grade IP networking software to help companies provide data, voice and other media services.

Upromise, Brookline, Mass., was awarded the prize for most innovative company for pairing technology and marketing to help solve the problem of saving for college. The company is the brainchild of Michael Bronner, founder of marketing company Digitas.

Steve Papa, CEO and founder of Endeca, Cambridge, was named the entrepreneur of the year.

Robin Regensburg, managing director of Rain Castle Communications, Cambridge, was honored for her “contribution to society,” including the donation of services to create Web sites for social causes.

Joost Bonsen, a venture capitalist, was given the “unsung hero” award for his role as one of the founders of the 50K business plan competition at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Bonsen is also a host of Muddy Mondays, a networking event at MIT, and the emcee of Tech Fever, a Cambridge cable television program which focuses on entrepreneurship and technology.

Winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of members of MIMC’s board of directors and representatives from the event’s sponsors. The latter group includes law firms Bingham Dana and Nixon Peabody, IBM, and VPG Integrated Media.

George Bell, CEO of Upromise, was the keynote speaker.