HDI Manager of the Year Award

HDI Manager of the Year Award


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Ultimately, leadership is about doing the things that drive action, get results, and improve performance. It is the ability to influence and motivate others, and provide the tools and environment that allow others to make the best contribution towards the attainment of goals. A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. They might not set out to be a leader, but they become one by the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent.

The HDI Manager of the Year Award acknowledges and honors a service and support manager who has excelled at supporting any or all IT services within their organization. Through this award program, HDI seeks to recognize prominent professionals who most clearly demonstrate the ability to serve and advance information technology within their industry. The HDI Manager of the Year Award winner is announced each year at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo.

Nominations for the award presented at HDI 2016 must be submitted by October 31, 2015.

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2015 HDI Manager of the Year Award Winner

Chris Meadows, Lowe's Companies

Chris Meadows is Sr. IT Support Manager responsible for the Lowe’s IT Service Desk - Service Solutions team. This team of 25 professionals maintains ownership for departmental Quality, Knowledge, Customer Advocacy and Analytics Programs. This high performing team also supports service desk tools including the ACD, IVR, knowledge base, reporting, quality monitoring and work-force management systems. These programs and services enable Lowe’s IT Service Desk to effectively support 2.3 million contacts per year from 250,000 store employees in 1,836 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico plus 10,000 corporate employees, and over 40 distribution centers.

Chris joined Lowe’s Companies in 2010 as a Lead Support Analyst responsible for supervising ITSD floor operations. He accepted the role of IT Support Operations Manager in 2012.  Chris introduced, gained buy-in and launched adoption of both Quality Assurance and KCS (Knowledge Centered Support) programs across the IT Service Desk. His focus on adopting industry best practices and methodologies for continuous improvement led to significant service enhancements across the department. 

Chris has over 14 years of service desk leadership experience and 16 years overall experience in the IT support industry. In addition to being both an HDI-Certified Support Center Director and KCS Foundations Certified, Chris possesses an ITIL Foundations certification and a professional certification in Organization Development. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He is a member of the Charlotte, NC HDI Chapter.  

Al Batten, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Bruce Lebitz, American Water Chris Meadows, Lowe's

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This Year's Award Finalists

Congratulations to the 2015 finalists for the HDI Manager of the Year Award!

  • Al Batten, Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
  • Bruce Lebitz, American Water
  • Chris Meadows, Lowe's


Past Award Winners

2014 - Todd Neffenger, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

2013 - Linda Toro, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

2012 - Mike Mercer, Southwest Airlines

2011 - George Reichert, Parker Hannifin Corportation

2010 - Cheryl Force, Monsanto