NEW YORK, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MISSION Athletecare™, the world's leader in Thermoregulation technologies, announced today that Founder and CEO Josh Shaw is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award. 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.
Co-founded in 2009 by Shaw and an elite group of world-class athletes including 3-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade, 19-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, 7-time MLB All Star David Wright and 2-time Gold Medalist Mia Hamm, MISSION has quickly become one of the fastest growing sport brands in the consumer goods sector. Fusing both science and field-tested insights from athletes has put MISSION in a position to truly lead the market with game-changing innovations that enhance performance and speed up recovery through temperature-control technologies within Thermoregulation.
Under Shaw's leadership, MISSION has grown 10-fold over the last 6 years, and has taken its innovative EnduraCool™ Instant Cooling line from a single product to a full category of accessories and wearable gear which includes Towels, Hats, Headbands, Wristbands, Arm Sleeves, Helmet Liners, and more.
Shaw is the only finalist representing the sporting goods category in the New York region. As the fifth brand with sports business leaders being recognized in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award history, Shaw joins the likes of Kevin Plank of Under Armour, William Modell of Modell's Sporting Goods, James Davis of New Balance Athletic Shoe, and Will Dean of Tough Mudder in this recognition.
"Josh is an "entrepreneur on a mission"! We hit it off the first time we met, and I knew immediately that he was in a league of his own. His passion is contagious, his work ethic is relentless and his commitment to success is unwavering," said Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, "I've watched him build MISSION from inception to national brand to global innovation house and I'm proud to say he's a great partner for me and my company. This recognition by Ernst & Young is more than well deserved!"
"I have worked closely with Josh since he founded MISSION 7 years ago, and I can honestly say he's the definition of a true entrepreneur. His vision for leading the market and his ability to pivot on a dime, navigate the market for growth and capitalize on opportunities is exceptional," said Stephen Binkley, Executive Vice President & Chief Merchandising Officer at Sports Authority. "He's a great partner on all levels, and his team carries the same entrepreneurial qualities he has exemplified. They are undoubtedly destined for continued success in the years ahead with pioneering Thermoregulation, and leading the market with climate control technologies."
"MISSION has been, is and always will be about team work. This is a tremendous honor for everyone at MISSION, and we're greatly appreciative of the recognition from EY," said Shaw. "Building a global brand that stands for innovation, perseverance and dedication is only possible with a team that stands for the same. With co-founders and partners like Dwyane, Serena, David and Mia, we pride ourselves on carrying their Championship torch in business."
Launched in 2009 by a group of elite, world class athletes including Dwyane Wade, Serena Williams, Reggie Bush, David Wright and others, MISSION is pioneering Thermoregulating innovations to maximize athlete performance and recovery. Working hand-in-hand with world-class doctors, scientists and athletes, MISSION is focused on changing the game – delivering groundbreaking, innovative and technologically advanced solutions to meet the growing demands of today's athletes before, during and after competition. The company first unveiled its line of innovative EnduraCool™ instant cooling towels in 2012, and has since expanded the line to cover a wide range of instant cooling gear and accessories. The company also has a dual MISSION. While delivering world-class product innovations, MISSION also makes an impact off the field of play through health and safety initiatives for youth athletes and proudly supports the charities of its athlete partners. Find out more about MISSION at www.missionathletecare.com and follow the brand on Twitter @MissionAthlete.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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