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CHICAGO, IL (March 12th, 2011) – Zak Boca and Danie Ushman will be inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at its 27th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Boca and Ushman are being recognized for their entrepreneurial achievements and making a lasting impact on Chicago’s business landscape. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host the event at the Chicago Hilton.
“This is obviously a tremendous honor that both Dan and I are extremely grateful for…Chicago has been our home base from the beginning so to receive an award from UIC along side some of the city’s most successful business owners is a great feeling,” said Zak Boca, Co-founder and CEO, SingleHop.
SingleHop is a dedicated server and cloud hosting provider that offers highly scalable, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers primarily under monthly contracts. With clients in 114 countries, two Chicago-area data centers, and over 10,000 servers online, SingleHop delivers state-of-the-art hardware, server management customization, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
The 2012 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Class also includes: •Jimmy Akintonde – Ujamaa Construction Inc. •Zak Boca – SingleHop, Inc. •Daniel Ushman – SingleHop, Inc. •George Burciaga – SmarTECHS.net/smartDIGITAL •Niko Drakoulis – Akoo International, Inc. •Gene Faut – 3D Exhibits, Inc. •Bill Dickson – 3D Exhibits, Inc. •David Grossman – Freshii •Doug Hart – Cortland Capital Market Service •Russ Goldenberg – Cortland Capital Market Service •Tim Houghton – Cortland Capital Market Service •Lora Peloquin – Cortland Capital Market Service •Tom Kuczmarski – Kuczmarski & Associates, Inc. •Gregory W. Osko – Trust Company of Illinois •Gary Rabine – Rabine Group •Leslye Sandberg – Permatron •Je_ Silver – Coyote •Joseph Skender – Skender Construction •Mark Skender – Skender Construction •Dick Thomas – TRIS3CT, LLC •Kevin Walter – Tasty Catering •Lawrence Walter – Tasty Catering •Warren Young – Acme Industries, Inc.
“For the last 27 years, the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame has been a showcase of Chicago’s successful entrepreneur community,” said Michael Pagano, interim dean of the UIC College of Business
Administration. “This new crop of inductees is further proof that even in toughest times, through hard work, creativity and dedication, you can succeed in business. On behalf of the CBA, I congratulate the Class of 2012.”
About The Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Celebrating its 27th Anniversary, the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame recognizes innovative business leaders in the Chicagoland area. Each year, it inducts prominent entrepreneurs who have demonstrated the entrepreneurial spirit and business talent by founding or growing their respective business. The Hall of Fame encourages business leaders, students and government officials to honor the entrepreneurial spirit and business excellence.
Past inductees include: Robert J. Abt of Abt Electronics; John W. Baird of Baird & Warner; Gian M. Fulgoni of comScore, Inc; Robert W. Galvin of Motorola; Michael P. Krasny of CDW Computer Centers, Inc.; Stuart R. Paddock, Jr. of Daily Herald; Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel; and Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s.
The 2012 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame partners include: American Chartered Bank, Crain’s Chicago Business, Grant Thornton, Market M and the University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois Small Business Development Center.
For more information or to obtain event photos, please call (312) 255-3125.
About the Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago Founded in 1982, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the leading entrepreneurial research and professional organizations in the United States. The Institute’s mission is to champion the entrepreneurship mindset and skill -set among students, faculty and the community-at-large. Today, the Institute offers innovative programs designed to advance the entrepreneurial spirit in students, business owners and the international research community.
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