CHR Chairman/CEO James Taylor and President/COO Arun Pasrija Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award Finalists
HOUSTON, May 12, 2008 – CHR Solutions, a leading telecommunications and information technology services company, today announced that James Taylor, chairman and CEO, and Arun Pasrija, president and COO are finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the Houston & Gulf Coast Area. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Mr. Taylor and Dr. Pasrija were selected as finalists from nearly 400 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the InterContinental Houston Hotel.
This is the third time that Mr. Taylor has been named a regional finalist and the first time for Dr. Pasrija.
“It’s always exciting to be recognized by your peers who understand the challenges of creating, building and sustaining a technology consulting and IT services company, and we’re thrilled to be among a truly excellent group of finalists in the Houston & Gulf Coast area,” said Mr. Taylor.
Dr. Pasrija adds: “We’re also grateful to the Houston Technology Center (HTC) for its efforts to promote entrepreneurs and business in the Houston area. In fact, James and I met at an HTC event and developed our business plan as an HTC client company.” CHR Solutions is an HTC Graduate Company.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008. 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 pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Houston & Gulf Coast Area, sponsors include Bowne of Houston, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, LLC, Longnecker & Associates and the Houston Business Journal. Regional Patrons are Pierpont Communications, Inc. and Spur Digital Marketing.
About CHR Solutions
CHR Solutions helps its clients grow revenue, control costs, manage risk, and align technology by providing infrastructure managed services, remote infrastructure management, business process outsourcing, and consulting and engineering services. It primarily serves middle-market companies in the telecommunications, financial services and energy industries. CHR Solutions was ranked as the 4th fastest-growing company headquartered in Houston by the Houston Business Journal in its 2007 FastTech50 list published November 16, 2007. With a 70-year heritage, CHR Solutions provides local resources with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, and Minneapolis, plus global reach and world-class expertise. Visit www.chrsolutions.com for more information.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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