Eliassen Group CEO Dave MacKeen Jr. Named Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist

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MacKeen and the other finalists will be feted at a gala celebration on June 10 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel

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"We have a great team at Eliassen Group, and this recognition is as much about who I work with than it is about me." - Eliassen Group CEO Dave MacKeen Jr.

Dave MacKeen Jr., CEO of Eliassen Group, has been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Award in the New England region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Since being named Eliassen Group’s CEO four years ago, MacKeen’s leadership style has been a simple but effective one designed to propel the company forward – Never ask someone to do something that you yourself would be unwilling to do, regardless of what title you may hold in the organization.

Working collaboratively with his teammates, Dave has overseen Eliassen Group’s acquisition of Orion Resources, which introduced the company to the bio-pharma industry vertical; Novations VMS Financial Services in New York; the US IT staffing assets of Dextrys, a global provider of product engineering and application services outsourcing; and Clovis in 2011, which, at that time, was a leader in providing IT consulting services to commercial and governmental contracting firms in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Those four transactions have been vital to Eliassen Group’s consistent growth since 2010, and have helped the company gain a foothold on the East Coast in the United States. With those acquisitions, 25-year-old Eliassen Group has grown in the last three years from a company with $98,173,188 in 2010 revenue to one that earned $170,651,944 in 2013, for an increase of 74 percent.

“I don’t believe I would be recognized in this matter by the Ernst & Young judges if it wasn’t for the great team we’ve assembled at Eliassen Group,” says MacKeen. “I’m particularly gratified that Ernst & Young has recognized the distributive leadership philosophy that we use as an organization in order to bring out the best in all of us in the daily execution of our duties and responsibilities, particularly as they relate to coming together as one team in the search for emerging businesses that will successfully align with our current practices.”

As Eliassen Group’s senior leader, MacKeen takes seriously his responsibility for charting the company’s internal and external course. It is why he has proudly served as the president for the New England chapter of TechServe Alliance since 2007, which is a national collaboration of IT services firms, clients, consultants and suppliers dedicated to advancing excellence and ethics within the IT services industry, which is Eliassen Group’s core line of business. In this role, he has worked to develop the organization’s robust sponsorship program, fought for governmental legislation that will help the technology staffing industry grow, and advocated for IT companies across all different industries to become members. He truly revels in this responsibility.

Regional award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 10, 2014 at the Sheraton Boston and will be eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014.

About Eliassen Group
Eliassen Group has been driving the success of its clients, consultants, and employees within Technology Staffing and Consulting Services since 1989. For 25 years, we have been at the forefront of innovation by uniting talented people and quality solutions within successful companies to help them attain their business objectives. Our Solution Oriented approach to understanding your needs ensures that we identify and represent the best possible talent available in the market, personally selected and matched to your requirements by our highly-tenured, extraordinarily capable recruiting team. Our consulting divisions include expertise focused on Agile, Biometrics & Data Solutions, Government Services, Healthcare IT, Life Sciences and Workforce Management. Eliassen Group is privately held and headquartered in Wakefield, MA.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.


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