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Think Finance CEO Ken Rees named Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012
June 25, 2012
Fort Worth, TX - June 25, 2012 - Think Finance, a developer of next-generation financial products that help people manage life's everyday expenses, announced today that CEO Ken Rees received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for the Southwest Area North region during a gala at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, Texas on June 23rd. This prestigious 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. Mr. Rees was selected for the award by an independent panel of judges consisting of previous award winners, CEOs, private capital investors and other business leaders.
Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
"I am honored to have been recognized by Ernst & Young," said Ken Rees. "This award and the high level of success we have achieved at Think Finance is a testament to our exceptional team of professionals who work together every day to develop new and innovative solutions for underbanked consumers."
Mr. Rees is now eligible for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, which will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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 in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Southwest Area North, sponsors include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone, LLP, ADP, BBVA Compass Bank, Roach Howard Smith & Barton and D CEO Magazine.
Think Finance is a leading developer of next-generation financial products for underbanked consumers. The company's products provide increased convenience, transparency and value to the millions of consumers whose needs are not being met by traditional banking products. Think Finance is privately held, with offices in Fort Worth, Texas and the United Kingdom, and is backed by some of Silicon Valley's most respected venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures.
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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