McLEAN, VA – Michael Berkman, Celerity’s Founder and CEO, has been named as one of Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year’ 2012 finalists for the Greater Washington D.C. Area.
This prestigious award is presented to entrepreneurial-minded leaders who foster business growth and economic vitality in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The 22 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel comprised of regional business leaders and previous award winners. More than 75 businesses applied for the award.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us at Celerity. It’s an honor to be included amongst such a dynamic group of thriving entrepreneurs and leaders in our marketplace,” said Michael.
Prior to starting Celerity, Michael was a founding partner of Acuity Technology Services, where he served as President and CEO from 1996 until 2000. Michael was instrumental in growing the company to a 450-person operation with $55M+ in revenue over four years. With more than 25 years of diverse entrepreneurial experience, Michael has ambitiously founded four companies, facilitated in the establishment of a bank in organization and advised on numerous other business ventures. He currently serves as the Treasurer and Executive Board Member for Refugees International, a global nonprofit providing advocacy and protection for displaced people around the world.
Michael embodies a rare combination of competitive spirit, creative courage and learning agility, which have undoubtedly led to the high degree of success he has experienced in his career.
The next step leading up to the final award is a brief interview with the judging panel. Each finalist will be filmed for a video montage to be showcased during the final award event. These events culminate with a black-tie award gala taking place on June 21, 2012, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner.
Celerity is a business acceleration consultancy devoted to helping companies and government agencies break through key stuck points and solve critical problems. We deliver proven solutions in four main areas: technology adoption and integration,business process efficiency, strategy and alignment and talent. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Celerity operates nine regional offices with more than 600 employees and $96 million in revenue.
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