TAMPA, Fla. (June 16, 2009) – Tribridge, (www.tribridge.com), a leading U.S.-based IT services and business consulting firm, announces Chairman and CEO Tony DiBenedetto has been named the Ernst & Young 2009 Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Technology category. DiBenedetto was selected by an independent panel of judges and was presented the award during a gala event at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards is in its 23rd year and honors entrepreneurs who have achieved exceptional success in areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“I’m humbled to be recognized by such an internationally-respected organization, and I applaud Ernst & Young for supporting entrepreneurship in this country,” said DiBenedetto. “The award is a great honor not only for me, but for Tribridge team members. Growing this company with my colleagues has been an exciting ride, and I look forward to what our future holds.”
DiBenedetto recently led the merger between Tribridge and Navint, a Rochester, N.Y.-based IT services and business consulting firm. The merger of Tribridge, with a strong presence in the southeast and central regions, and Navint, with equally solid representation in the northeast and western regions, created a diversified IT services firm with a national footprint. Offices are located in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Rochester.
“We are proud to recognize the achievements of DiBenedetto,” said Mike Brennan, Ernst & Young partner and Florida Host of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. “Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients are not only successful in building their own businesses, but also contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy.”
As a Florida award recipient, DiBenedetto is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 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 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.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. Florida sponsors include Bowne, RFB Communications Group and Smart Business Network.
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.
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.