Salas O’Brien CEO Named as Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Darin Anderson attributes success to the team’s maniacal focus on quality delivery, massive environmental benefits, client operating cost reductions and employee-ownership

SANTA ANA, Calif.--()--Salas O’Brien announced today that Darin Anderson, the company’s chairman and CEO, has been named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Anderson was selected as one of 15 finalists by a panel of independent judges.

“This is a wonderful recognition for our dedicated team and employee-owners as we have experienced over 1,200 percent growth this past decade when the industry as a whole has had zero” said Anderson. “This award is a direct testament to the maniacal focus on quality delivery that our team demonstrates daily designing and building the most complex ‘built-environment’ projects in the world.”

Anderson energetically shared, “Salas O’Brien’s core function is working on large campuses and facilities delivering critical system infrastructure that create massive positive environmental improvements in energy and utility savings as well as system reliability and performance. By using less power, supplying cleaner alternative power and efficiently delivering utilities, we are eliminating millions of pounds of carbon emissions and kWh/electricity every year for our clients and saving them millions of dollars in operating costs. ‘Designing for the good of our world’ is our core driver—and key to our success.”

With offices across the country, Salas O’Brien serves clients including, Microsoft, Ritz-Carlton, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Bloom Energy, Starbucks, Four Seasons, numerous universities including Stanford, Cal-Tech, USC, LSU, Texas A&M, UCSF and UC Berkeley, as well as numerous hospitals, school districts, cities, counties and federal agencies.

The figure that Anderson regularly likes to share when talking about Salas O’Brien is that the firm has not lost an employee shareholder since 2006. Salas O’Brien has grown from one employee owner to now over 40 with a total team of 300.

Winners of the Ernst & Young Award will be announced at a special gala event on June 17th at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

About Salas O’Brien

Salas O’Brien is the leading specialty facilities planning, engineering, design, commissioning, and construction management firm with a maniacal focus on quality delivery. We make the most complex environments simple to understand and highly functional. We integrate all disciplines to create the most reliable, sustainable, relevant, and cost-effective projects. Our team members combine intelligence and dedication with years of practical knowledge to ensure each project is successful. Relationships are everything to us! More about Salas O’Brien can be found at

Salas O’Brien has been recognized each of the last three years as an Inc. 500|5000 fastest growing company in the United States.

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.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.


Salas O’Brien
Kelly Gasca, 949-517-4925

Release Summary

EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, Darin Anderson, attributes success to the team’s maniacal focus on quality delivery, massive environmental benefits, client operating cost reductions.


Salas O’Brien
Kelly Gasca, 949-517-4925