SYMPLR CEO RICK PLECZKO NAMED EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2017 AWARD WINNER IN THE GULF COAST AREA
HOUSTON, TEXAS (JUNE 21, 2017)
symplr®, a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) based healthcare compliance and credentialing solutions, today announced that President and CEO Rick Pleczko received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Technology category in the Gulf Coast Area.
The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Pleczko was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Marquis on June 15.
“It’s an exciting time at symplr, and I’m extremely honored to receive this award not only for myself, but for our entire team,” said Pleczko. “During my career I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with great teams to bring ideas to life and to market. I would like to thank the esteemed panel of judges for selecting me as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.”
Pleczko joined symplr, leveraging his experience in the technology industry to transform the healthcare compliance space, making it easy for healthcare organizations to track and manage the credentials of physicians, visitors, staff and contractors to ensure patient safety, compliance with external regulations, quality of care, and mitigate financial risk.
Prior to Joining symplr, Pleczko was the founder, president and CEO of Idera which he grew to become a multi-national company with a broad product portfolio used by over 12,000 companies worldwide. Before that, he served in executive roles for a number of software technology companies including NetIQ Corporation, Mission Critical Software, Platinum Technology, and LBMS. Pleczko has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Austin Ventures, and is active as a board member and advisor for a number of early stage companies
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Mindy Grossman of HSN
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- James Park of Fitbit
As a Gulf Coast Area award winner, Pleczko is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 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 in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Gulf Coast Area, regional sponsors include Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, Solomon Edwards, Chatham Financial, Pierpont Communications and Houston Business Journal.
Founded in 2006, symplr is an industry leader in compliance and credentialing Software as a Service solutions that help healthcare organizations mitigate risk and ensure compliance. symplr has a single mission: to make healthcare compliance and credentialing simpler for all constituents of the healthcare community. For more information or to contact symplr, visit http://www.symplr.com/ or (866) 373-9725.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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. ey.com/eoy
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