Blue Box Founder and CEO Honored with Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award

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Jesse Proudman Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Career and Community

Blue Box, a leading managed cloud hosting provider, today announced its founder and CEO, Jesse Proudman, was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2013. Out of the 400 nominees considered, his selection is based upon his entrepreneurial approach in growing Blue Box and his service to the local community. The honor comes in tandem with Blue Box joining the Inc. 5000 list in August.

At 28 years old, Jesse has established himself as a proven leader, driving the success of Blue Box and its clients over the last decade. “I attribute the achievements of Blue Box directly to both the relationships we’ve built and the team we’ve assembled,” said Jesse Proudman. “Focusing on customer success is at the core of everything we do and it is how we measure ourselves. As we grow our business and expand into new markets, our intense passion for our customers will continue to serve as the foundation for our success, no matter what we choose to do.”

Jesse also plays an important role in the local Seattle community by actively guiding the next generation of young entrepreneurs through the University of Puget Sound Business Leadership program, University of Washington’s Entrepreneur program and 9Mile Labs Mentorship program.

A die-hard auto racer, Jesse often tells mentees the same qualities that make him a successful racer play into running a successful business. “Similar to racing, starting a company and running the day-to-day business comes down to focus and a winning spirit. Whether it is a finish line or a business goal, I focus on what is in front of me and surround myself with a strong team that shares the same mindset,” said Proudman.

Jesse and his fellow award winners will be honored at the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award ceremony as the program celebrates its 15th year on Thursday, September 19th at the Showbox Sodo.

About Blue Box
Established in 2003, Blue Box is a leading managed cloud-hosting provider. Blue Box's customers receive hands-on, 24/7 support through industry-leading technical implementation and management expertise. Blue Box leverages an assortment of open source technologies including OpenStack, EMC Razor and Opscode’s Chef, along with Blue Box’s proprietary cloud hosting technology. Blue Box delivers comprehensive, customizable cloud hosting solutions, allowing customers to focus on building their applications. To learn more about Blue Box, visit

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