SALT LAKE CITY, June 11, 2007 – VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, today announced that the company’s co-founders, Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan and Mike Carter, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 Award in the Utah region. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. The VitalSmarts team was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year gala event in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 7, 2007.
“We feel honored to have received this recognition from Ernst & Young,” said Al Switzler, co- chairman and co-founder of VitalSmarts. “An award like this pays tribute to our Utah-based organization and to our entire network of colleagues, associates and clients who have greatly contributed to our overall success. We feel fortunate to be part of an organization that is mission- driven – one that not only provides training that produces sustained business results in the organizations we serve, but also creates that same level of change in people’s personal lives.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and continues to honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“Ernst & Young is honored to recognize extraordinary business leaders, such as Al Switzler, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Mike Carter, and the company they have built,” said David Jolley, managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Salt Lake office.
As a Utah region award winner, the VitalSmarts co-founders are now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 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 17, 2007. The national Entrepreneur of the Year celebration is part of Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum. The overall national Entrepreneur of the Year award recipient is then considered for the world event held in Monte Carlo.
An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts is home to multiple training offerings, including the award-winning Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Confrontations®, Influencer Training™, and Change Anything Training™. Each course improves key organizational outcomes by focusing on high-leverage skills and strategies. The Company also has four New York Times best-selling books. VitalSmarts has helped 300 of the Fortune 500 and trained more than 800,000 people worldwide. www.vitalsmarts.com
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.
About Ernst & Young
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CONTACT: Mary Dondiego of VitalSmarts, L.C. +1-801-724-6323