CLEARWATER, FL — Join us in congratulating our very own Chief Technology Officer, Ben Porch, for his well-deserved recognition as CIO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The CIO of the Year award honors information technology executives and leaders in the Tampa Bay business community who excel in creating innovative ways to enhance their competitive advantage while optimizing business processes and enabling company growth, impacting the companies’ bottom line.  

Since starting with our team in November 2019, Porch has been instrumental in moving our workforce to a hybrid and remote model. As he was testing a remote infrastructure team, the COVID pandemic forced all 1,200 employees to convert to work from home. His knowledge and experience helped us make the shift with minimal technology issues. The transition to our new remote operations brought an enhanced focus on our cybersecurity. By implementing additional authentication across our enterprise systems while improving our management access and infrastructure scanning tools, we were able to improve the protection of our systems and database information. “The strong group of technology leaders we’ve been able to assemble has helped me be successful in my role,” states Ben Porch. “I’ve been able to build a strong working relationship with all departments, including Legal, Marketing, Finance, and Operations, to ensure our technology needs are not only met, but being exceeded to define a vision for the future of e-TeleQuote that leverages technology and enhances our customer experience. This recognition puts e-TeleQuote’s technology team on the map and confirms that we can stand toe-to-toe with the best teams in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.”  

“Ben is a true testament to our e-TeleQuote Insurance values and is very deserving of this outstanding award. His accomplishments in just over two years with our company have pushed us into a more robust information technology platform,” says Anthony P. Solazzo, e-TeleQuote Founder and CEO. “Awards like these help us stand out in the community and help elevate e-TeleQuote Insurance as a true leader in our industry. I’m proud to have Ben on our leadership team to continue innovating our technology systems.” 

Ben and all honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments at the celebration held on Thursday, August 25 at Armature Works in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood.