Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award goes to the person you think has had the most outstanding past year as an entrepreneur.  Previous awards have gone to:

Grier Allen - CEO & Cofounder of BoomTown

Phil & Rebecca Ufkes - Cofounders of UEC Electronics

Eric Bowman - Founder of SPARC, Stre.am, Teamphoria , Bsports

 

My 2017 vote goes to : *
**More information about the nominees are below if you are not familiar with them**

More about the  nominees:

Jeff Montgomery -  Founded Omatic Software in 2003 in his garage. Provided Charleston with some good visibility by getting listed #118 on the Inc. 500 list in 2012 and #189 in 2013. Jeff grew Omatic to over 40 employees last year and had a successful exit to Big Tree Capital Partners. Jeff also gives back to the community by serving on the board of a local non-profit, Operation Sight, which facilitates free cataract and emergency retina repair for the indigent.

Patrick Bryant - You probably are already familiar with Patrick and his contributions as cofounder of The Harbor. He is also Cofounder of GoTo Team and partner in Bidr and Cigar Row. His year included closing on a building that he had to buy the operating business in order to get. He also became a partner in Citibot. He is serving as chairman of the board at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

John LaCour - Founder of Phishlabs. Phishlabs just opened a new 25,000 square feet facility to accommodate  their employee growth rate of 170 percent over the past 2 years.

Steve Parker - Cofounder and CEO of Levelwing & Partner in Third Prime Capital. Levelwing has been recognized for consecutive years on the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 list for Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America and has also been named as one of the Best Places to Work in the state of South Carolina. This past year Steve was instrumental in raising and launching the first $30m fund for Third Prime Capital, and was instrumental to leading Levelwing to win several key clients: Lenovo, Big Green Egg, Mercedes-Benz and New York Red Bulls among others.

Tom Wilson - Founder of Jack Russell Software, which sold in 2010. The parent company, Tabula Rasa, went public last year and Tom rang the bell at the nasdaq on the day of the IPO. Tom founded the JRS Innovation Center this year which hosts the JRS Coding School, a 12 week coding bootcamp.  Tom routinely gives back to the development community in Charleston. 

 

More about the Harbor Entrepreneur Award:

Winner Announced:  During Founders Ball on May 13th, 2017.    https://bidr.co/events/foundersball2017

Who Votes to decide the winner:  Harbor Mentors are the only ones voting making this a unique acknowledgement by peers.

Questions:  contact John Osborne at 843-478-7483 or john@harborec.com