LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boulevard (www.joinblvd.com), provider of the client experience platform purpose-built for appointment-based, self-care businesses, today announced that co-founder and CEO Matt Danna has been named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Greater Los Angeles Award winner by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US). The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Danna was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
“To receive this amazing honor from EY and be recognized alongside some of the LA-area companies and entrepreneurs that I most admire is both humbling and exhilarating,” said Danna. “Entrepreneurship is truly a team sport and this award belongs to the entire Boulevard team, without whose hard work and dedication none of this would be possible. Most of all though, this award is a testament to our customers and their perseverance. Supporting the incredible professionals in the self-care industry continues to be the most rewarding part of the journey.”
For nearly four decades, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 US executives.
As a Greater Los Angeles award winner, Danna is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 National Awards. The National Award winners including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2024.
Over the years, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Daymond John of FUBU
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
- Holly Thaggard and Amanda Baldwin of Supergoop!
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- James Park of Fitbit
- Jodi Berg of Vitamix
- Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
- Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
- Sheila Mikhail of AskBio
The award comes at a time of significant growth for Boulevard. The company posted its fourth-consecutive year of triple-digit revenue growth in 2022 and its platform is now used by more than 30,000 professionals in more than 2,500 self-care businesses across the U.S., including hair salons, face and body treatments, medspas, barbershops, and nail salons. Self-care businesses now use Boulevard to book and manage more than 1 million appointments every month. Additionally, reflecting its continued growth as a trusted payment facilitator (payfac), Boulevard now processes over $1.5 billion in payments annually on its platform, making it one of the fastest-growing fintecs in the nation.
Boulevard offers the first and only client experience platform purpose-built for appointment-based, self-care businesses. Boulevard empowers business owners and professionals alike to deliver personable, enjoyable experiences to their clients through online appointment scheduling, messaging, marketing, and payments that are simple, elegant, and reliable. Founded in 2016, Boulevard has earned the trust of thousands of salons and spas across the nation by delivering the world-class technology and genuine, human, personable service they deserve. To learn more, visit joinblvd.com.
Entrepreneur of the Year® Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Los Angeles, regional Platinum sponsors include Cresa, Edelman, Marsh, and Tangram Interiors; and regional Gold sponsors include Big Picture, Cooley, C-Suite Media, and Los Angeles Business Journal.
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