Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Business Services category
Chicago, IL, June 18, 2015 – EY today announced that Co-founders Ross Freedman and Brad Schneider of Rightpoint, a technology and creative agency, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Business Services category in the Midwest program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ross and Brad were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on June 17, 2015.
“We are honored and humbled by the recognition from EY,” said Ross. “This award is as much a reflection of the Rightpoint team members as a whole as it is the ‘intraprenurial’ culture they’ve helped us build.”
Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Detroit and Denver, Rightpoint is an award-winning, technology and creative agency specializing in areas including, customer experience, employee engagement, custom application development, cloud strategy, CRM and mobile. Spanning a broad range of industries, Rightpoint’s clients include marquee brands such as Aon, New Belgium Brewing, Exelon, Kellogg, and Jones Lang LaSalle.
“From Rightpoint’s inception eight years ago, the entire company has been on a rewarding entrepreneurial journey,” said Brad. “’Starting something from nothing’ is at the heart of how we operate as a company. Now more than ever, we are excited to continue to infuse the entrepreneurial spirit into the fabric of our culture. Rightpoint has never had more energy and momentum. We are just getting started on our entrepreneurial journey.”
Now in its 29th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.
As a Midwest award winner, Ross and Brad are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Midwest, program sponsors include: LaSalle Network, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Merrill Corporation, Becker Professional Education, Smart Business, Cresa Chicago and 1871.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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Rightpoint creates world-class digital solutions that drive profitable growth and sustainable competitive advantage for some of the world’s largest companies and most iconic brands. Driven by the firm's passion for pragmatic thinking, Rightpoint's business philosophy is to rethink the "typical" consulting model, combining attributes of management consulting, IT consulting, and creative agency services to help clients drive business results by solving strategic problems. Rightpoint’s breadth of services include digital strategy, mobile, social, cloud, CRM and application development. With a client base of more than 250 companies, Rightpoint was named to Forbes’ 2014 list of America's Most Promising Companies and Crain’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Chicago in 2015. Rightpoint's pervasive "intrapreneurial" spirit, which ensures that clients "get it right" the first time, is the foundation by which Rightpoint has built a strong, national reputation for excellence.