Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong Of Chicago Real Estate Firm @properties Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Finalists In The Midwest

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Chicago real estate entrepreneurs built city's largest brokerage firm and fastest growing firm on the North Shore with innovative marketing, training and community service

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Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden, co-founders, @properties

[@properties] has thrived and expanded by differentiating its service to brokers and clients through innovative marketing and professional development.

Chicago real estate brokerage firm @properties today announced that company co-founders Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong were named finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Midwest.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and commitment to their communities. Golden and Wong were selected from a large pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 21 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

@properties was established in 2000, and has grown to become the largest real estate firm in the city and the second largest and fastest-growing brokerage firm on the North Shore. Despite the challenging Chicago real estate market of the past four years, the company has thrived and expanded by differentiating its service to brokers and clients through innovative marketing and professional development.

“We’re honored to be among the Midwest finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award. It is one of the most prestigious awards an entrepreneur can receive, and it's an honor to be among such an impressive list of companies,” said Golden.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Following the gala, regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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.

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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Midwest region, sponsors include ManpowerGroup, Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine and Becker Professional Education. Locally, the program is sponsored by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM and MK Communications.

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the #1 real estate brokerage firm in Chicago and the fastest growing brokerage firm on the North Shore. @properties is also Chicago’s development sales leader having marketed more than 150 projects comprising more than 5,000 residential units valued in excess of $2 billion. The company has nine Chicago real estate offices: Bucktown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, River North, Streeterville, Evanston, Winnetka, Lake Forest and (opening soon) Highland Park. For more information, visit http://www.atproperties.com.

About 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.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit http://www.ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a US client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited.

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