Pittsburgh, PA – May 15, 2014 – EY today announced that Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia program. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Joe was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 20, 2014 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel and included with an impressive group of successful entrepreneurs and leaders,” said Ferrara.
Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia program, sponsors include PNC, Gateway Financial, ParenteBeard, The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Highmark, Chemistry Communications and Trib Total Media.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique 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, 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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About Wombat Security Technologies
Wombat Security Technologies provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior. Their SaaS cyber security education solution includes a platform of integrated broad assessments, as well as a library of simulated attacks and brief interactive training modules.
Wombat's solutions allow organizations to reduce employee susceptibility to attack, including phishing attacks, by over 80%. Wombat is helping Fortune 1000 customers in industry segments such as finance, technology, banking, higher education, retail, and consumer packaged goods to strengthen their cyber security defenses.