AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vista Equity Partners announced today that three founders and CEOs of portfolio companies – Mark Friedman of Accruent, Art Papas of Bullhorn and Jonathan Ord of DealerSocket – received EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Regional Awards. These awards recognize the most creative and inspirational entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“Vista Equity Partners respects and appreciates the achievements of founding leaders who inspire, reinvent and grow their businesses,” said Robert F. Smith, Chairman & CEO of Vista Equity Partners. “We are honored that Ernst & Young has recognized Mark, Art and Jonathan, as this is a direct reflection of their dedication and significant accomplishments. Over the past three years, each of these companies has sustained strong revenue growth – in excess of 35% compound annual growth, a true testament to continuous leadership and innovation.”
Accruent, founded in 1995 by Mark Friedman, provides a comprehensive set of real estate performance management solutions that manage the entire real estate and facilities lifecycle, including site selection, lease administration, asset management, project management, and maintenance across a variety of industries.
Bullhorn, founded in 1999 by Art Papas, provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applicant tracking and customer relationship management (CRM) software, as well as back office software solutions to brokered industries such as staffing and recruiting in North America, Europe and Australia.
DealerSocket, founded in 2001 by Jonathan Ord, is a leading provider of SaaS CRM solutions for the retail and independent automotive industries, which enable dealerships’ marketing, sales, and automotive service departments to operate more effectively by helping them identify and track actionable sales leads, engage these leads through a number of channels, and streamline the sale, lease, and service booking process.
About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, a U.S. based private equity firm with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Austin, currently invests approximately $11.5 billion in cumulative capital commitments in dynamic, successful technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For further information please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
Now in its 29th year, Ernst & Young’s 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 150 cities in more than 60 countries.