SingleHop Co-Founders Selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Finalists

Co-Founders Zak Boca and Dan Ushman Recognized for Innovation and Leadership –
Company Recorded 35% Revenue Increase from 2011 to 2012

CHICAGO – May 9, 2013 – – SingleHop, a global leader in highly automated dedicated servers, cloud computing, and infrastructure-as-a-service, announced today its co-founders were named as finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

SingleHop Co-founders Zak Boca and Dan Ushman were selected as finalists by Ernst & Young’s independent judges. Mr. Boca and Mr. Ushman possess a considerable amount of entrepreneurial spirit, with both individuals starting their careers early by operating online ad businesses during high school. The two began working together professionally during college, where they started their own hosting business called MidPhase. This first company was a success and was eventually sold in 2007 in order to further drive the early growth of SingleHop which the duo founded in 2006. They quickly established automation as SingleHop’s biggest competitive advantage, building out its own proprietary internal automation services well ahead of other dedicated server providers.

“Dan and I are very pleased to be selected as Entrepreneur of the Year finalists by such an esteemed body as Ernst & Young,” commented Zak Boca, Chief Executive Officer of SingleHop. “We continue to embrace our entrepreneurial spirit as we grow our market share and expand our services to companies around the globe. Our journey began with a hosting company we founded for less than $2,000, and this experience helped us to start and develop SingleHop, which is now a thriving business with nearly limitless potential. We knew to compete in the crowded hosting space we needed the company to stand out, so we focused on fast deployments and exemplary service, both of which are still core strengths.”

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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About SingleHop
SingleHop is a dedicated server and cloud hosting company that offers highly scalable, automated, on-demand infrastructure services to both end-users and resellers. With clients in 114 countries, three geographically dispersed U.S.-based data centers and a new facility in Amsterdam; SingleHop provides dedicated, cloud, and managed services to more than 4,000 customers with 10,000+ servers online. SingleHop delivers state-of-the-art resources and services with industry-leading deployment time and custom support. SingleHop was established in 2006 in Chicago and was named #25 on the Inc. 500 list for the fastest growing companies in America in 2011.

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