SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EY today announced that Tony Zito, CEO of Rakuten MediaForge, is a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Utah region. The awards program recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Zito was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges chartered with evaluating nearly 50 nominations. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on May 29, 2014 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
“Among the most valuable lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is that success doesn’t come without the hard work of a dedicated team,” said Tony Zito, CEO, Rakuten MediaForge. “Earning a place as a finalist for this award the second year in a row is a direct reflection of the Rakuten MediaForge team, and their commitment to coming to work and being passionate about their jobs every single day.”
Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. 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 in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In the Utah Region, local sponsors include: Corporate Staging Resources, LLC, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Scherzer International, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, and The Summit Group Communications.
About Rakuten MediaForge
Rakuten MediaForge is the only engagement-based display company. Its innovative ad technology provides proof that ads influence consumer behavior and generate greater Return on Ad Spend (ROAS). In its dedication to be a strategic partner and an advocate for client success, Rakuten MediaForge optimizes campaigns for the metric that is the most significant driver of purchase – consumer engagement. Its product suite includes solutions for prospecting, retargeting, loyalty nurturing, and reengaging lapsed-users. For more information, visit MediaForge.com.
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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