SEATTLE, WA, April 26, 2017 (Newswire.com) - EY today announced that CEO John Lauer of Zipwhip is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lauer was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
“We’ve spent the last nine years navigating that rocky entrepreneurial road filled with twists, turns, and numerous pitfalls,” Zipwhip CEO John Lauer said. “At times, it felt like we were lost in the desert, but we pressed on. Although we’re not at the end of the road, we’ve managed to emerge with an extraordinary business. Thank you to EY for celebrating the journey and struggle of building a startup, and inspiring future entrepreneurs. The road is worth being traveled.”
Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Pacific Northwest, sponsors also include GreenRubino, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., Inc., Big Picture, Inc. and Lockton Companies, LLC.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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