Carahsoft President Craig P. Abod Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Greater Washington Award Finalist

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Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announced that Carahsoft president Craig P. Abod is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Greater Washington Award finalist. The award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, today announced that Carahsoft president Craig P. Abod is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Greater Washington Award finalist. The award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Abod was selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 100 nominations. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

“With the support of our Government customers, vendors, and reseller partners, we have built an incredibly successful company, and I am very honored to be included among the finalists for this prestigious award,” said Abod, who founded Carahsoft in 2004.

Now in just its eighth year, Carahsoft’s annual revenue exceeds $830 million and it employs more than 225 people. The company serves as the Master Government Partner and Distributor for the industry’s leading software brands, and is ranked among the top 100 Government IT contractors in the nation. In 2011, Carahsoft plans to add at least 100 new employees as it targets $1 billion in revenue.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor. In Greater Washington, sponsors include Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Reznick Group, Washington Business Journal, Cassidy Turley, Lockton Companies, PNC Bank, and SolomonEdwardsGroup.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. As a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, resellers, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

The company's dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver Adobe, Symantec, EMC, VMware, Open Source, HR, HP Software, Intelligence, and SAP products and services, among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry's fastest growing firms by VAR Business, CRN, Inc., Washington Technology, and the Washington Business Journal. Visit us at http://www.carahsoft.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 the Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 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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