LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TrackR, a leader in item tracking technology, today announced that Chris Herbert, CEO and Co-Founder, and Christian Smith, President and Co-Founder, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Retail and Consumer category in the United States. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Herbert and Smith were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on June 15.
"It is an honor to be recognized for our entrepreneurial drive with such a prestigious award," said Herbert. "At TrackR, we set out eight years ago to do something people told us was impossible. The amazing customers and our resilience drove us to build the global TrackR community so our users can recover lost, stolen, or misplaced items using their smartphone."
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies' success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Mindy Grossman of HSN
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- James Park of Fitbit
As Greater Los Angeles award winners, Herbert and Smith are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Learn more about Herbert and Smith's journey as Entrepreneur Of The Year winners by following @TheTrackR (Twitter).
Follow all the latest program developments @EY_EOYUS using #EOYGLA and visit the Greater Los Angeles regional website for more information and to see Herbert and Smith's video and acceptance speech: ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Greater Los Angeles, sponsors also include the gold sponsor is Tangram; the silver sponsors are Avison Young, Ballard Spahr, Big Picture, Cresa, HighTower | Acacia Wealth Advisors, Vaco and Woodruff Sawyer & Company; the media sponsor is C-Suite Media; and the public relations sponsor is Olmstead Williams Communications.
TrackR was founded in 2009 to make lost items a thing of the past. The company's app software, cloud databases and wireless devices revolutionize how consumers keep track of their items, seeking to create a world where valuables no longer get lost. TrackR has shipped more than 5 million devices, has been ranked #1 as the fastest growing company by Pacific Coast Business Times and #155 by Inc. 500. TrackR is backed by The Foundry Group, Resolute Ventures, IncWell Capital, OrangeFab, Amazon Alexa Fund and others. With TrackR, your search is over. TrackR is available at www.TheTrackR.com and retail outlets worldwide. https://www.thetrackr.com/
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