Creative Realities' CEO Jason Friedman Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Award Winner in New Jersey

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Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Business Services Category

We are proud to recognize the achievements of Jason Friedman

Experiential branding and marketing company, Creative Realities, today announced that Jason Friedman, President and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the business services category in New Jersey. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Friedman was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

"I am really honored to receive this award," Friedman said. "Since the company was founded in 1997, innovation has been the cornerstone of Creative Realities' expansion. We've believed in going above and beyond customer expectations to deliver a Wow experience. Now, more than ever, that philosophy is crucial to reaching people and to growing our business."

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of Jason Friedman," said Keith Brownlie, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for New Jersey. "Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region's economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."

As a New Jersey award winner, Friedman is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

In New Jersey, local sponsors include Gold sponsors Bowne & Co and Curran & Connors and Silver sponsors Gibbons P.C., NJBIZ and WithumSmith+Brown.

About Creative Realities
Creative Realities is an experiential branding and marketing firm that creates wow environments and customer experiences for organizations in the fields of retail, hospitality, entertainment, healthcare, education, and general corporate. Its clients include Bank of America, Foot Locker, Harvard University, Hyatt, Radio Shack, Samsung, Stanford University, T-Mobile, TiVo, and Time Warner. In 2007 and 2008, Creative Realities was named to Inc. magazine's "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastest-growing, privately-held companies. For more information, visit

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Mark Levy
Chief Marketing Officer
Creative Realities


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