Ernst & Young Announces SMS Assist CEO Mike Rothman as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Finalist in the Midwest

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Ernst & Young Announces SMS Assist CEO Mike Rothman as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Finalist in the Midwest

Ernst & Young announced that Mike Rothman, chairman and CEO of SMS Assist, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Award in the Midwest, which encompasses Illinois and Wisconsin. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Rothman was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 15, 2016 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.

SMS manages a network of more than 20,000 certified affiliate subcontractors providing the highest quality maintenance services to more than 110,000 client locations. The company’s cutting-edge platform technology eliminates unnecessary steps in the maintenance workflow by integrating customer, subcontractor and SMS operations, allowing clients to reduce maintenance costs and improve service, quality and the overall customer experience.

Based in Chicago, SMS Assist is revolutionizing property management with its proprietary, cloud-based platform and fully-managed business solution for a growing list of national and Fortune 500 companies, including Family Dollar, O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. and Colony Starwood Homes.

“It’s humbling to be included among such an innovative and well-respected group of colleagues and entrepreneurs,” said Rothman. “I’m honored by the great recognition EY brings with the Entrepreneur of the Year program and look forward to working with our fellow finalists to continue cultivating the dynamic entrepreneurial community here in the Midwest.”

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are 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 EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Midwest, region sponsors include LaSalle Network, Plexus Groupe, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Cresa Chicago, Chatham Financial, DLA Piper and 1871.

About SMS Assist
SMS Assist is a Chicago-based technology company providing multisite property management to a roster of clients with more than 110,000 service locations. Using its proprietary software platform to manage its network of more than 20,000 affiliate subcontractors, SMS Assist offers a suite of property management benefits including leveraged pricing of products and services, $30 million risk indemnification, real-time services validation, instant invoicing, automatic service audits and data analysis to ensure quality and cost efficiency. SMS Assist is revolutionizing multisite property management services for its growing list of national and Fortune 500 clients including Family Dollar, O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. and Colony Starwood Homes. To learn more, visit smsassist.com.

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.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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