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David Tohn, CEO of BTS Software Solutions, a leading software development company that uses technology to create impactful solutions for the community, has been named a finalist for Baltimore SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards.

The Circle of Excellence Award program recognizes CEOs of businesses headquartered in the Greater Baltimore metropolitan region for business excellence in distinct industry categories. Finalists manage companies of all sizes and are judged by an independent committee of local business leaders based on their positive industry impact, market leadership, and community involvement. Tohn is a small business finalist for the Technology category.

With extensive experience in both management and technology, Tohn guides BTS Software Solutions (BTS-S2) in applying a creative, innovative approach and its specialized knowledge to solving technological communication problems in ways that enhance its community. With roots in developing communication solutions to help save soldiers’ lives, Tohn and BTS-S2 is committed to extending that ethos to the metro Baltimore community. BTS-S2 has developed a diversified, balanced portfolio of government and commercial customers, products, and services to optimize the capacity to cross-fertilize innovative solutions. It also runs a Research and Development division staffed with PhDs who maintain close ties to respected research universities. Their work has culminated in faster, more efficient options for functions such as captioning, conversion of speech to text for data mining, and improved lossless data compression algorithms. Tohn and BTS-S2 also seeks to be active contributors and leaders in the growth and further enrichment of their community with efforts ranging from mentoring young entrepreneurs through the Network for Training Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to internships and broad participation with regional technology councils and trade organizations.

“It is an honor to be named a finalist for Baltimore SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards,” said Tohn. “As a business, we carry service to our community as one of our core values. We are dedicated to using our specialized knowledge and techniques to develop cutting-edge products that both improve the lives of those in our community and contribute to the local businesses and organizations within our region.”

The winners of this year’s Baltimore SmartCEO Circle of Excellence Awards program will be announced live at an awards ceremony on November 17, 2015 at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel. Each finalist will be profiled in the November/December 2015 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.