CLEVELAND, OH – June 27, 2007 - Dave Roush, CEO of Insurance.com, the largest online auto insurance agency in the United States, has won Ernst & Young's 2007 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Of The Year award, in the Emerging Business category.
For 21 years, Ernst & Young has recognized business entrepreneurs whose vision, leadership and record of achievement impacts the local community.
According to Michael Mazzeo, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program director, entrepreneurs include both founders of companies and those who organize, manage and assume the risks of a business or enterprise early in the company's life or development, and are still active in the leadership of the company.
The program features an independent panel of judges, who assess each company's recent financial performance, strategic direction, product or service innovation, as well as an assessment of the company's leadership - including personal integrity, values and key employee initiatives, and community involvement.
"I'm pleased and honored by this award," reports Dave Roush, "It's a clear indication that Insurance.com and our business model, is recognized by our peers as having an exciting future. Much of our success can be attributed to having great business advisors, helping us navigate through challenges and opportunities alike. Most importantly, our employees, whose dedication and hard work every day are the real key to our success."
Dave congratulates the other finalists and winners. "The standard of the competition was tremendous," Roush adds, "and though it's a clich", we were really honored just to be in the final selection. Winning the award was an exciting bonus."
All regional winners will be inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame, and are eligible to participate in the nation Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, which take place in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 15-18.
Insurance.com, based in Solon, Ohio, is owned and operated by Insurance.com, Inc, a ComparisonMarket Company. Insurance.com enables consumers to instantly compare and buy competitive auto insurance quotes directly from more than a dozen leading insurance companies. When ready to purchase, users have the option of completing the transaction online or talking directly to an unbiased licensed agent. Other products include life, health and home insurance as well as travel, dental and pet health insurance. Insurance.com also operates 4insurance.com.
In addition to Insurance.com, the company provides private labeled auto insurance solutions to financial institutions, affinity groups and online marketplaces to offer their customers real choice and savings opportunities on auto insurance rates.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2007, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.
About Ernst & Young
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