Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer has been named a 2018 Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine. Rizer has made a list that includes executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Uber.
“It’s extremely humbling to have been named alongside leaders from the world’s global tech giants. I’m very proud of the way that Loudoun has evolved into one of the most important technology locations in the U.S.,” Rizer said.
The magazine included Rizer in what it’s calling “our guide to the most important and innovative people in Washington’s digital economy.”
Other Loudoun leaders included on the 2018 list include cybersecurity firm Cofense cofounders Rohyt Belani and Aaron Higbee.
“Loudoun is called ‘Data Center Alley’ in part because Rizer has worked hard to make his suburban county a hotbed for data centers,” Washingtonian reporter Joe Guinto reveals. “Some 70 percent of all global internet traffic now flows through the area, and data centers across Virginia create an estimated $10.2 billion in annual economic output.”
In its introduction to 2018’s top tech leaders, Washingtonian magazine noted that the DMV’s tech industry “is growing at a blazing clip. That may make this year’s group of Tech Titans the most innovative, most important, and most influential we’ve ever assembled.”
In addition to the household name corporations, a number of the 2018 Tech Titans are from local companies such as CVENT, Appian and Compusearch. Key personnel from cybersecurity startups, government contractors, and even federal agencies like the CIA are also being acknowledged for their accomplishments.