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Maryland Tech Council Industry Awards Celebration

BroadSoft, now part of Cisco, is honored to receive the Maryland Tech Council Harvey D Kushner Innovation Award, the first award of its kind that recognizes an outstanding contribution made to the region’s innovation business community. It is thanks to our employees, partners, and community in the 20 years of the company’s history. Being with BroadSoft for 18 years and an alumni of the University of Maryland School of Engineering, I am so proud to be part of a team that propelled BroadSoft to go IPO in 2010 and achieve world wide recognition.

The Harvey D Kushner Innovation award is named after the co-founder and former chairman of the Maryland Tech Council. A champion of higher education and technology, he chaired commissions at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. The award honors organizations that follow in his spirit of commitment to the business community. Our long time CFO, Jim Tholen who was instrumental in the company’s direction, IPO and acquisition accepted this prestigious award on May 17th, 2018 at the University of Maryland.

“We are so honored to be given this distinguished innovation award and it would not be possible without our incredible employees, partners, and community,” said Michael Tessler, Cloud Calling and BroadSoft Business Leader at Cisco. “This state is so rich with innovation and talent, and we are proud to be an advocate for that. Congratulations to all of the finalists who were in attendance at the celebration.”

Maryland tech innovation awardJim Tholen (left) holding the Harvey D Kushner Innovation Award with other members of the team

Deep Roots in Maryland Over the Years

BroadSoft was founded twenty years ago by Mike Tessler and Scott Hoffpauir in Memphis, Tennessee. As the business plan and technology vision took shape, tech centers across the country were considered for headquarter locations.

The company settled in Gaithersburg, Maryland, along the 1-270 technology corridor, hiring from the best local and regional talent into a fast growing innovative cloud company. Many of our long term contributors are graduates of the University of Maryland Engineering and Business schools. The company grew, expanded with offices throughout the country and around the world.

Our full-time staff was seasonally augmented with interns from local schools and universities who learned the startup and corporate culture while infusing their youthful spirit into our approach to rethinking innovation. The culture of BroadSoft remained humble, accessible, collaborative and highly innovative. This spirit was the catalyst that made BroadSoft a recognized global market leader in cloud unified communications through our 600+ Service Providers across 80 countries, culminating in the acquisition of BroadSoft by Cisco in February 2018.

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About the Author

Sonali Karnik is an experienced director of sales engineering, product marketing and new product introduction at BroadSoft.