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Denver, Colorado - June 1, 2007- Accuvant today announced that Accuvant founders, Dan Burns, Bill Strub, Scott Walker, and Dan Wilson have been named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007 Award in the Rocky Mountain Region. According to Ernst & Young, the awards program was designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional, national, and global level who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Burns, Strub, Walker, and Wilson were selected as finalists from over 65 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 21, 2007 at the Seawell Ballroom in The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This was the second consecutive year Accuvant's founders were named finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Accuvant provides information security consulting, compliance, and management services to help organizations assess risk, improve compliance, and secure infrastructure. Founded in 2002, Accuvant's founders saw a need for comprehensive information security and compliance solutions in an industry that had become too specialized and fragmented. The founders' vision was to help organizations bridge the gap between information technology and compliance by helping them demonstrate ongoing security compliance to customers, partners, regulators, employees, and shareholders.
Accuvants' founders have been instrumental in building one of the largest and most well respected information security providers in the country. Since their inception, the company has experienced an impressive growth rate of 5784% and this success is largely attributed to the talent, leadership, and vision demonstrated by Burns, Strub, Walker and Wilson.
"Being named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award is a tremendous honor and we are delighted to have been nominated again," commented Accuvant's VP of Consulting Bill Strub. "Our success is a direct reflection of Accuvant's entrepreneurial spirit that is pervasive throughout our company. We empower our employees and offer endless opportunities to make a difference and contribute to a world class consulting organization."
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur Of The Year celebration is part of Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.
How Winners Are Chosen
Entrepreneur Of The Year nominees are evaluated by independent panels of judges in each region. The judges are past winners, educators, and business and community leaders. They know what it takes to be an outstanding entrepreneur and what measures really matter when it comes to selecting award recipients in each of the several designated categories.
The business an entrepreneur creates, how successful its been, its everyday practices with respect to employees, and its impact on the community are among the factors that provide the metrics for selecting Entrepreneur Of The Year winners. The following are also essential criteria:
Vision: The ability to create a business concept and implement it effectively
Leadership: The charisma, focus, and strength of character that enable the entrepreneur to move forward-and inspires a team to do the same-despite naysayers and obstacles.
Achievement: Driving business success by going beyond developing an idea andcontinually innovating in order to generate new ideas.
Social Responsibility: Knowing that commitment and responsibility aren't confined to business, and leveraging energies and resources to give back to the community.
About Accuvant : Accuvant is the nation's premier national information security and compliance management consulting firm. Accuvant security advisors use industry expertise and proven methodologies to help large enterprises assess their environments, improve their compliance postures, and secure their infrastructures. Headquartered in Denver, Accuvant has 15 offices across the United States. For more information on Accuvant, please visit www.accuvant.com.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Yearâ Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.
About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to enhancing the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 114,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in providing a range of sophisticated services centered on our core competencies of auditing, accounting, tax, and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, a U.K. company limited by guarantee, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. Ernst & Young LLP is a U.S. client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.