|By Business Wire||
|April 18, 2013 03:19 PM EDT||
Joe Krivickas, President and CEO of SmartBear Software, provider of software quality tools used by more than one million developers and testers worldwide, was named a semi-finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Awards in New England. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Semi-finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Waterfront in Boston.
“I am thrilled to have been named a semi-finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards,” said Joe Krivickas, CEO at SmartBear. “I have always been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for ensuring that the next generation of leaders is equipped for the opportunities and challenges of the digital age. I look forward to continuing to focus on character-based leadership development for the emerging generation of entrepreneurs.”
As CEO, Joe has led SmartBear to become the world’s largest volume supplier of free-to-try testing software, reaching five million downloads and serving over 200,000 customers with one of the largest free user communities in enterprise software. Joe’s passion for leadership and teaching extends to his active involvement as the Chairman and Founder of the Gordon College Center for Nonprofit Studies and Philanthropy and as Co-founder of the Lithuanian Rural Development Fund that serves 3,500 economically disadvantaged youth. He is co-editor of the book, “Nonprofit Leadership in a For-Profit World: Essential Insights from 15 Christian Executives.”
In its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New England the local sponsors include RBS Citizens, True Capital, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Nixon Peabody, RR Donnelley, Silicon Valley Bank, Scherzer International, Murray Devine, Bingham McCutchin, Empire Valuation Consultants and Goodwin Procter.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. Ernst & Young is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.
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About SmartBear Software
More than one million developers, testers and operations professionals use SmartBear tools to ensure the quality and performance of their APIs, desktop, mobile, Web and cloud-based applications. With five million downloads and counting, SmartBear products are affordable, easy-to-use and ready for deployment. Free tools and plug-ins are also available for download on the website. Learn more about SmartBear, the company’s award-winning tools or join the active user community at http://www.smartbear.com, on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @smartbear or Google+.
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