FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Jon Ferrando, CEO and President of RV Retailer, LLC (RVR) was named an Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 Florida Award finalist. In its 35th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity helped catapult their business from the now, to next and beyond.
Jon Ferrando co-founded RV Retailer in 2018 with a bold vision of building the greatest RV retail company the world has ever seen with a focus on customer service, innovation, leadership development and investing in RVR's associates. In less than three years RVR has become the fastest growing company in the RV industry with 55 RV sales and service centers in 16 states and over 2,000 dedicated associates.
"I am deeply humbled to be named a Florida finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award," said Ferrando. "This is the ultimate honor to be recognized among an inspiring group of business leaders who put it all on the line and excel at driving innovation, growth, talent development and job creation at the companies they lead. Thank you to the entire leadership team at RV Retailer, and to all of my incredible partners and the mentors that have inspired me. This would not have been possible without all of your support."
Selected by a panel of independent judges, award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021, and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur of the Year alumni from around the world.
Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation's most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.
About RV Retailer, LLC
RV Retailer, LLC is a leading recreational vehicle retail company in the United States with the goal of providing an outstanding sales, service and ownership experience for recreational vehicle customers with a focus on new and used sales, service and parts, and customer financial services. RV Retailer is led by co-founders Jon Ferrando, Chief Executive Officer and President, and John Rizzo, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Jon Ferrando and John Rizzo were instrumental in building America's largest automotive retailer from start-up to over $20 billion in revenue. RV Retailer's leadership team has over 250 years of automotive and RV retail industry experience.
RV Retailer has 55 RV stores in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Regional store brands include: RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Sonny's Camp-N-Travel, Cousins RV, Camper Clinic, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV and Tom's Camperland, which sell a wide range of new and used RV brands with thousands of RVs in inventory.
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Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America. In Florida, sponsors also include Premium sponsor PNC Bank and Supporting sponsors DLA Piper LLP and Donnelly Financial Solutions.