Imlay Leadership Award

The Imlay Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates individuals that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of the Georgia high-tech community.

It is named in honor of the late John Imlay, Jr., chairman of Imlay Investments, who is credited with helping create two of Atlanta’s biggest tech industries – software and Internet security. 

The 2017 Imlay Leadership Award honored Chris Klaus, founder and former CTO of Internet Security Systems and current CEO of Kaneva. As the 2017 award recipient, Klaus was recognized for founding Internet Security Systems (ISS) in 1994, which was ultimately sold to IBM for $1.3B. Klaus’ other accomplishments include funding of multiple Atlanta business accelerators, as well as a pledged donation that helped create the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building on Georgia Tech’s campus.

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2017 Imlay Award Fireside Chat

John Yates led the fireside chat with Chris Klaus

Past recipients of the John Imlay Leadership Award include

  • Michael R. Cote, president and CEO of SecureWorks
  • David Cummings, co-founder of Pardot and founder of Atlanta Tech Village
  • Bill Nussey, former chairman and CEO of Silverpop
  • Alan Dabbiere, founder of Manhattan Associates and former chairman of AirWatch
  • Charlie Moseley, founder of Noro-Moseley Partners
  • Tom Noonan, co-founder of JouleX, Endgame and TechOperators and former chairman and CEO of Internet Security Systems
  • Sig Mosley, managing partner of Mosley Ventures and former president of Imlay Investments

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