@properties Co-Founders Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Finalists in the Midwest for Second Consecutive Year

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Chicago real estate entrepreneurs are leading @properties’ expansion in the city, North Shore and Southwest Michigan.

Chicago real estate brokers

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

Innovation has been the key to @properties’ growth, and we’re humbled to be among some of the most innovative companies in business today.

Chicago real estate firm @properties announced that, for the second consecutive year, company co-founders Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong have been named finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Midwest.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award is considered to be one of the most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. Each year it recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and commitment to their communities. This year there were more than 100 nominations in the Midwest region, and Golden and Wong were among the finalists who were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 27, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

Golden and Wong founded @properties in 2000 and have built the company into the largest residential real estate brokerage in the city of Chicago and the second largest and fastest-growing brokerage firm on the North Shore. Currently @properties is ranked 21st on REAL Trends 500 list of the largest real estate companies in the nation. The firm also had a record year in 2012, posting its highest sales volume in company history with sales of more than $3 billion.

“We’re incredibly honored to be a finalist for The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award for the second year in a row,” said @properties co-founder Michael Golden. “Innovation has been the key to @properties’ growth, and we’re humbled to be among some of the most innovative companies in business today.”

Now in its 27th 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.

Winners of the regional awards are then eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program, which announces award winners in several national categories as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner. The annual awards gala will be held in Palm Springs, Calif. on November 16, 2013. 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 nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Midwest region, sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, LaSalle Network, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the No. 1 Chicago real estate broker by market share and currently the second-largest residential brokerage firm in Northern Illinois. The company has offices in Evanston, Winnetka, Lake Forest, Highland Park, River North, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Uptown, Lakeview and New Buffalo, Mich. A Glenview office is opening in Summer 2013. 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.

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