EY announced that AvidXchange’s CEO, Michael Praeger, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Southeast. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Praeger was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 28, 2018 at Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Recently named 2017 Business Person of the Year and one of the Most Admired CEOs by the Charlotte Business Journal, Michael Praeger decided to build a software company in Charlotte, N.C., 18 years ago. Today, that business is the largest software company in Charlotte and North Carolina’s most well-funded startup, with over 1,100 employees and more than 5,500 customers in North America.
“For me the term ‘entrepreneur’ is more than just a descriptor, it’s who I am. Since my early college days when I started my first business, I realized that I really enjoyed bringing a vision to life and creating job opportunities for people. AvidXchange has definitely been my most successful startup, and it really isn’t much of a startup these days. As I look at our new corporate campus materializing at the AvidXchange Music Factory and the hundreds of new faces that join our team each year, I am in awe of everything that AvidXchange has become,” commented Michael Praeger, CEO and Co-Founder of AvidXchange. “I have always believed in the power of creating a strong network, and I am so fortunate for the community of entrepreneurs that have shared their successes and failures with me over the years and collectively helped us to better leaders and innovators. I am also incredibly thankful for amazing colleagues, coworkers, and family that have supported me and served as a source of inspiration throughout my career. I am truly honored to be a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year and represent the City of Charlotte,” added Praeger.
Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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