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CHICAGO, IL – April 29, 2015 – EY announced this week that Zak Boca and Dan Ushman, co-founders of SingleHop, a leading provider of on-demand hosted private clouds and managed hosting, are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Midwest. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Zak and Dan were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 17th at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago.
“We’ve always shared an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to innovation that has fueled our growth and enabled us to deliver cloud solutions that transform the way organizations are accessing and sharing data across their applications, businesses and the world,” said Zak Boca, CEO and co-founder of SingleHop. “Being named as Entrepreneur of the Year finalists by such a highly regarded organization as Ernst & Young is a great honor that places SingleHop among a group of this nation’s most distinguished and celebrated companies.”
Zak and Dan began their entrepreneurial journeys years ago, each operating successful online ad businesses during high school. The two began working together during college when they started their own hosting business, MidPhase. Highly attuned to a shift in market direction, they sold the successful company after three years to launch SingleHop to serve the changing technology needs of enterprises. Today, the Chicago-based company boasts an international portfolio of more than 5,000 clients taking advantage of managed hosting on over 10,000 servers in data centers located in Chicago, Phoenix, and Amsterdam.
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Sponsors Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Midwest, program sponsors include: LaSalle Network, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Merrill Corporation, Becker Professional Education, Cresa Chicago, Smart Business and 1871.
About SingleHop SingleHop, a leading global provider of hosted IT infrastructure and cloud computing, brings together a unique combination of enterprise-class technologies from industry-leading vendors, and a proprietary automation engine, to deliver a customized cloud infrastructure experience for enterprises of all sizes. Their powerful portal and award-winning automation platform make it simple to design and support the optimal cloud environment. Their service includes full-life cycle, white glove support, instantly scalable solutions, and comprehensive integrated security. SingleHop serves more than 5,500 customers in more than 124 countries with data centers across the United States and Europe. Follow SingleHop on Twitter at @SingleHop and read our blog at https://www.singlehop.com/blog/.
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.
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 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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