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David Tohn, CEO of both BTS Software Solutions and Verb8tm, an innovative speech-to-text services firm, has been recognized by Under Armour and Baltimore SmartCEO magazine as the winner of the Game Changer Award at SmartCEO’s 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards. Tohn also won the Small Technology Business Circle of Excellence Award.

The Under Armour sponsored SmartCEO Game Changer Award annually recognizes a Baltimore region CEO that makes their business and local community a better place to work or live while demonstrating the core tenets of entrepreneurship, namely, driving their companies forward with passion, energy, and fearless, calculated risk-taking. The award is a mark of distinction that sets a few select individuals and companies apart from the rest, and candidates are sourced from SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards program. Out of the 36 Circle of Excellence Awards finalists, Tohn was selected by Under Armour to receive the Game Changer Award.

The Circle of Excellence Award program honors the Greater Baltimore metropolitan region’s most accomplished CEOs and companies for business excellence in distinct industry categories. The finalists manage companies of all sizes and were judged by an independent committee of local business leaders based on their positive industry impact, market leadership, and community involvement.

Possessing years of management and technology experience, Tohn leads BTS Software Solutions (BTS-S2) and Verb8tm with a vision to serve both our local and government communities through the development of innovative communication products and services that solve pervasive communication challenges. BTS-S2 is leading the technology industry with the development of new cutting-edge communication software for various government agencies including software that enhances government transparency to our local communities. Verb8tm echoes this community-oriented ethic by enhancing audio accessibility to the deaf and hard of hearing populations with its patent-pending speech-to-text services. BTS-S2 and Verb8tm maintain their competitive edge by cross-fertilizing innovative solutions and sharing 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. Under Tohn’s leadership, BTS-S2 and Verb8tm seek to be active contributors and leaders in the growth and enrichment of our community through various initiatives, from mentoring young entrepreneurs through the Network for Training Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to internships, local employment, and broad participation with regional technology councils and trade organizations.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by both Under Armour and SmartCEO at Baltimore SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards,” said Tohn. “As a business, we are dedicated to developing new technology that makes a marked difference in the lives of those in our community. Service to our community is one of our core values, demonstrated by our history of developing communication technology that both saves and improves lives around us. We actively seek to use our specialized knowledge and skills to contribute to our local businesses and organizations within our region as well.”

Each Circle of Excellence Awards finalist was profiled in the November/December issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine and online at www.smartceo.com. The winners of this year’s Game Changer Award and Circle of Excellence Awards program were announced live at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.