Bill Bott (L) receives his award from Master of Ceremonies Larry Wilmore.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt congratulated Deputy Chief Information Officer Bill Bott for winning the Best MIS & IT Executive at the 2007 American Business Awards last month. Bott became the first government employee from any state to win an individual award from the ABA.

"I want to congratulate Bill Bott and the Division of Information Technology Services whose dedication to improving Missouri's IT services led to this great honor," Blunt said. "This award stands as a testament to the quality of work Bill and the division is doing every day to make our state government more efficient and effective for all Missourians."

Bott was nominated in the executive category for his achievements over the past year. Bott architected the operational side of the consolidation of the 14 different state departments and over a thousand information technology professionals.

"I'm probably the least technical IT executive to ever be nominated, but today's IT issues are not so much about technology as they are about vision and leadership." Bott said.

As the lead on strategic direction, business relations, training, and project management, Bott touches every aspect of the organization. Through the governor's vision of a single agency that provides IT services and support, Missouri joins the growing list of large companies and a handful of states consolidating IT resources.

More than 2,000 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program.  Missouri competed in the Best Information Technology Team and Executive categories.