This honor recognizes the tremendous passion and dedication of the entire BlueGrace team,” said Harris. “Without them, our success would not be possible.
Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
BlueGrace Logistics today announced that President and CEO Bobby Harris is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Florida Award finalist. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Harris was selected as a finalist in the “emerging” category from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges. He founded Tampa Bay-based BlueGrace in 2007, and has since grown the business into an $80 million company serving more than 2,500 businesses and individuals nationwide, making it one of the fastest-growing and most progressive providers of transportation, logistics and technology solutions.
“This honor recognizes the tremendous passion and dedication of the entire BlueGrace team,” said Harris. “Without them, our success would not be possible.”
According to Senior Advisor Steve Defenbaugh, BlueGrace employees describe Harris as approachable, ambitious, energetic, professional and as an achiever.
Harris began his career at Southeastern Freight Lines while working his way through college. He went on to hold various sales positions on expanding new markets with Yellow Transportation, Inc. before becoming the vice president of sales for Logistixx Tech, a transportation technology and service auditing firm. Harris holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.
Award recipients will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 16, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award recipients are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.
Florida platinum sponsors include Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank and Tribridge. The silver sponsor is RFB Communications Group, and the media sponsor is Smart Business Network.
About BlueGrace Logistics
Founded in 2007, BlueGrace offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers throughout the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla., the company has grown to an $80 million business with satellite offices in Salt Lake City and Chicago. It also launched a franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan. The company offers best-in-class freight services and support, including less than truckload, truckload services, international and domestic air freight, ocean freight, parcel shipment, logistics management, state-of-the-art technology, service desk support and auditing services. Please visit http://www.mybluegrace.com for additional information.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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