Tony DiBenedetto, Tribridge Chairman and CEO, Named Finalist for 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – (May 8, 2009) – Tribridge today announced that Chairman and CEO Tony DiBenedetto is a finalist for the Ernst & Young 2009 Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, which will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Omni ChampionsGate, Orlando.   

“Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation,” says Mike Brennan, Ernst & Young partner and Florida Host of the Entrepreneur Of The Year program.  “These finalists help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation.  We are pleased to honor them.”  

DiBenedetto is one of 24 finalists named statewide. “I am deeply honored to be selected as a finalist for an award as prestigious as Entrepreneur Of The Year,” says DiBenedetto. “I am equally as privileged to be recognized alongside business leaders the caliber of the other finalists.”  

DiBenedetto is a co-founder of Tribridge, an IT services and business consulting firm. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small start-up to a national firm, achieving a compound annual growth rate of over 50 percent since being founded in 1998. In addition to serving as Tribridge’s chairman and CEO, DiBenedetto co-founded the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) and is executive director of the TBTF Foundation, which helps at-risk kids pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges.    Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP 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 Nov. 14, 2009. 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.

Now in its 23rd year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award 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.  

About Tribridge

Tribridge is an IT services firm that delivers and supports technology, business management and core infrastructure solutions for organizations spanning diverse industries. Tribridge helps customers strategically leverage IT investments to become more productive, profitable, competitive and secure through proven methodologies, process optimization and industry best practices. We are dedicated to building a community in which organizations derive long-term business value from practical solutions that guarantee customer success and maximum return on investment. Headquartered in Tampa, Tribridge has customers, offices and team members across the U.S. and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Microsoft Dynamics Worldwide Partner of the Year. Visit