Campbell, CA (April 12, 2011) – Groupware Technology, Inc. today announced that president and CEO Mike Thompson is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Northern California Award. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mike Thompson was selected as a semifinalist by a panel of independent judges from hundreds of nominations. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 25, 2011 at The Fairmont San Jose.
Since taking the helm at Groupware in 2005, Thompson has led the company from $2 million to over $140 million in sales of complex IT solutions and services. The company’s success has been recognized by Inc. magazine, CRN, VARBusiness, and Silicon Valley Business Journal and by its technology partners including Oracle, HP, NetApp and IBM. Thompson’s leadership has helped the company become one of the premier solution providers on the West Coast and attract some of the industry’s top technical talent in storage, security, networking, enterprise systems and software.
Mike Thompson stated, "It is an honor to be included in the finalist list for the Ernst & Young, award, but the acknowledgement should go to the entire Groupware team." Mike Thompson, president and CEO stated. "The drive and creativity of our people has helped foster the entrepreneurial spirit to achieve the financial results that warrants this recognition."
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9-13, 2011.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.
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Groupware Technology, Inc., headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a leading information technology solution provider with offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The company provides enterprise technology solutions to its customers in commercial, healthcare and government markets. Groupware specializes in storage, security, networking and enterprise systems and software. For more information, contact (408) 540-0090 or visit www.groupwaretechnology.com.
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