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A few days after throwing a bash at iContact's Durham headquarters for about 500 employees and guests, co-founder and CEO Ryan Allis needs your vote.

The N.C. Technology Association announced today that he's one of four finalists for the trade group's 2010 Tech Executive of the year. The other finalists include David Jones, co-founder and CEO of Charlotte's Peak 10; David Morken, co-founder and CEO of Cary's; and Mark Munday, president and CEO of Raleigh's Elster Solutions.

The winner will be chosen by popular vote and NCTA will accept votes through Oct. 15 online here. The winner will be recognized at a gala on Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.

“By allowing NCTA members and non-members to select the winner, we are really giving North Carolina’s technology community a voice to select the one person who they feel is most-deserving of this honor,” NCTA president Brooks Raiford said in a prepared statement.

It's not clear whether Allis was hoping iContact's big party on Friday, which included free barbecue, blue grass band, bouncy slide and more, might help him win a few extra votes.

Some additional details about the finalists from NCTA's announcement:

· Jones co-founded Peak 10 in March 2000 and has led the company to a top market position as the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider in the U.S. He currently serves as president and CEO.

· Allis has built North Carolina-based iContact from its start in July 2003 to its current size of more than 210 employees, 65,000 customers, and $38 million in annual sales.

· Morken is the co-founder, president and CEO for, recognized as the fastest growing private telecom company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine for 3 years running (2006-2008). delivered more than 4 billion minutes of voice traffic in 2009.

· Munday is president and CEO for Elster Solutions, North America, one of the world’s largest electricity, gas and water measurement and control providers.

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Assistant Business Editor Alan M. Wolf joined the N&O in 1999 covering the business of health care. He became an editor in 2001, and helps oversee the paper's daily business coverage and Sunday Work&Money section. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children. Reach him at 919-829-4572 or e-mail him.