Atlanta's Top Entrepreneurs Recognized by TiE, Kennesaw State and Warren Averett

9/16/15

2015 TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneurs Announced and Presented by TiE, Kennesaw State University and Warren Averett

TiE Atlanta announces its 2015 TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneurs who were honored and celebrated Saturday, September 12, during an awards program held during the TiECON Southeast conference at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Conference Center.

With annual revenues ranging from $2 million to $100 million, the 2015 TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneurs’ honorees represented companies in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, retail, staffing, real estate, IT, solar, software and more.

The selected and honored entrepreneurs of metro Atlanta were also ranked 1-10 over two categories--Middle Market and Upper Middle Market. The entrepreneur honorees and their associated company for each category are as follows:

Middle Market Entrepreneurs:

1.      John Haber | Spend Management Experts, LLC

2.      Andy Powell | CallRail

3.      Scott Lewin | Invoiceware International

4.      Rhonda Duffy | Duffy Realty

5.      Alex Membrillo | Cardinal Web Solutions

6.      Kyle Porter | SalesLoft

7.      Kelly Gay & Yoganand Rajala | Omnilink

8.      Noel Kierans | Celtic Testing Experts

9.      Marci McCarthy | T.E.N.

10.  Dana Spinola | fab'rik

Upper Middle Market Entrepreneurs:

1.      Eric Tyron | Premier Surfaces

2.      James Kilkelly | Apto Solutions

3.      Vikas Verma | Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing

4.      Monty Hamilton | Rural Sourcing, Inc.

5.      Peter Marte | Hannah Solar

6.      Charlie Crawford | Private Bank of Buckhead

7.      Clint Bailey | HUNTER Technical Resources

8.      Hal Blackman | IST Management Services

9.      Pramod Sajja | Paramount Software Solutions, Inc.

10.  Jim Johnson, Jr. | Progress Container & Display

A very competitive slate of business owners across metro Atlanta were nominated. TiE’s awards program accounting partner, Warren Averett, interviewed each of the nominees and evaluated financial records to determine the honorees. The nominees were evaluated on four important criteria: entrepreneurship, growth, sustainability and profitability.

TiE Atlanta President, Karen Robinson, when kicking off the awards presentation before 300 attendees at TiECON Southeast stated, “This is truly a celebration of the best entrepreneurs in Metro Atlanta as well as an indicator of the strength of our entrepreneurial community. These entrepreneurs have attained a coveted place of recognition.”

Joining TiE and Warren Averett, who partnered together to host the entrepreneur awards program, was Kennesaw State University that served as the exclusive university sponsor.  Its recently launched Entrepreneurship Center helped honor these entrepreneurs to communicate its support to businesses in their quest to succeed.

The awards program is a re-birth of the past Business to Business (B2B) Top 25 Entrepreneurs awards program which was last run in 2012 when it ran consecutively for eight years. The rebirth of this awards program by TiE Atlanta and Warren Averett complements each of their long-standing commitments and experience in working with and for entrepreneurs, business owners and privately-held companies.

For more information on these honorees, please visit TiE’s website and stay tuned to Radio X (www.businessradiox.com) when they conduct interviews with each of the honorees over the next few months. 

ABOUT TiE

TiE is a global non-profit focused on fostering entrepreneurship through education, mentoring and networking. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. The Atlanta chapter has grown to rank 4th out of 61 chapters worldwide and equips entrepreneurs to build successful, sustainable companies by providing hands-on wisdom and experience at every stage of business development.  With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE Atlanta’s efforts lies in its five foundational programs, or “Pillars,” each of which offers entrepreneurs at every phase of development exactly what is most needed at that stage.  More information can be found at www.atlanta.tie.org

 ABOUT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

 Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

ABOUT WARREN AVERETT

Warren Averett is the nation’s 27th largest accounting, audit and consulting firm, offering depth and experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, construction, real estate, aerospace and defense, life sciences and technology, nonprofit and public sector, with services that span beyond audit and tax to include wealth management, staffing and recruiting, technology consulting, financial outsourcing, retirement plan administration and investments. Our 15 office locations include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Cullman, Anniston, Auburn and Foley, Alabama; Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and affiliate offices in Houston, Texas and the Cayman Islands. To learn more about our firm visit www.warrenaverett.com.

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