AUSTIN, TX, October 9, 2020 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Juan Rodriguez, Co-founder and CEO of FlashParking was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Central Texas Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Juan Rodriguez was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 8, 2020.
“I’m a problem solver at heart, constantly thinking of ways to make things easier and better — and that’s exactly what I did with FlashParking. When my co-founders and I saw this opportunity to bring cloud power to the antiquated, server-based parking industry, we had to take it,” said Juan Rodriguez, co-founder and CEO of FlashParking. “Today, the rest of the industry is finally starting to follow suit. Winning Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 of Central Texas is a humbling validation of all the hard work over the past 10 years it took to build FlashParking into a leading technology company in the parking and mobility world.”
“Being recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is like winning an Oscar. The independent panel of judges reviews over 100 applications in Central Texas each year, and it’s such an incredible honor just to be selected as a finalist for the award,” said Sam Goodner, former winner of this same award and CSO of FlashParking. “But to win the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award is the culmination of so much hard work for entrepreneurs who took a risk and put everything on the line to start a new business, who built an incredible team, innovated and overcame adversity along the way. Congratulations Juan.”
Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Juan Rodriguez will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
As a Central Texas award winner, Juan Rodriguez is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering 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 2021.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.
In Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, Colliers International, Shearman & Sterling LLP, ADP, Bridgepoint Consulting, Watkins Insurance Group, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.
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Alessandra Gonzales, Carve Communications for FlashParking