The CIO Executive Council and "CIO" magazine recently announced the Army Contracting Command's Adrianne Day as a recipient of their 2014 "Ones to Watch" award.

The national-level organization presents this award to those they identify as the rising stars in information technology.

Day is the division chief, ACC CIO G-6 Governance, Business Management and Project Management Office and the acting chief technology officer. She said she was caught off guard by the announcement.

"I feel sincerely honored to be recognized amongst some of the great IT change agents from across government and industry. I was truly shocked when I received word that I was selected," said Day.

According to her nomination package and her supervisor, she has held various positions within her diverse career. Leveraging that experience empowers Day to effectively and efficiently function in an evolutionary, demanding and challenging environment.

"Adrianne's diverse experience and skill set cross the lines of business, governance, enterprise architecture, program management, and information technology," said Gino Magnifico, the ACC CIO. "In addition, her ability to identify and resolve issues has helped us exceed our operational and financial goals this year. Her experience, leadership, dedication and passion make her stand apart from the rest. Her efforts have enabled direct cost savings and increased efficiencies throughout our programs."

Day said she has received awards in the past but never anything like this.

"I have received various awards throughout my military and civilian career; however, I don't believe I have ever been placed into a competition quite this unique," said the wife and mother of two. "The diverse experience and capabilities of the competitors, coupled with the arduous nature of the submission process, greatly heightens the significance of winning. I am deeply honored by this experience."

While the honor is given to senior staff members who the CIO Executive Council believes are destined to become the CIOs and business leaders of the future, Day said the real honor goes to those with whom she works.

"I do wish that recognition could be shared with the ACC CIO G-6 team. The changes I am being recognized for driving have been a holistic, team effort," she said. "I have worked for a varying number of organizations across the government and industry and I genuinely believe that I have one of the greatest teams out there."

Day advises those who strive to move beyond the pack and to make a difference to plan to move forward and sometimes on your own.

"I would say jump, move, without fear of change. You can't play defense when it comes to driving change in your organization. You have to be proactive -- constantly look at the evolution of IT and the ever-changing needs of your organization and then build strategies that bring the two into alignment. You can't be complacent -- you must look for opportunities to make a difference and then jump," she said.