EY has honored CEO Chris Sullens of WorkWave, a Neptune, N.J.-based provider of cloud-based software solutions for the field service and “last mile” delivery industries, with its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 award in the Software Services category for New Jersey. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Sullens was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event June 23 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J.
“I am honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” Sullens says. “This award is not for just one person, but it’s for the entire company. I want to thank my dedicated teams who strive for success. At the end of the day, I am lucky enough to work with passionate people who helped make WorkWave what it is today.”
Since joining WorkWave in 2008, Sullens’ entrepreneurial drive has enabled him to continuously execute on the vision he crafted for WorkWave. 2016 will mark the 16th consecutive year of profitability for the company. Through his leadership, WorkWave’s headcount grew from 38 employees to over 220, and Workwave’s customer base increased from just under 900 in 2008 to well over 9,500 today.
As a New Jersey award winner, Sullens is now eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. 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 Nov. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif. 19. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The U.S. Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2017.