SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2008 –VerticalResponse, the leading provider of self-service email marketing, survey and direct mail solutions, today announced that CEO Janine Popick is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in Northern California for the 2nd year in a row. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Popick was selected as a finalist from over 90 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on 21st June at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
Popick launched VerticalResponse in 2001 on the tail of the dot.com implosion, as money and companies left the Bay Area. Despite the unfriendly climate, Popick launched the company funding it herself, with help from a series of friends and family. The company turned profitable in 2005, growing in revenue and employees each subsequent year. Today, VerticalResponse has a customer base of more than 40,000 small businesses and non-profit organizations.
“I am honored to be one of only two female finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award,” says Popick. “From the outset, my goal was to help small businesses grow by offering easy-to-use and affordable marketing tools for email, direct mail and now surveys. I’m proud to be recognized for leading VerticalResponse to such success, all while maintaining our original commitment to such an important sector.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008. The awards are the concluding portion of Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as a national sponsors.
In Northern California, sponsors include NYSE Euronext, HSBC, Marsh, RR Donnelley, Scherzer International, The Big Picture Film and Video Arts, SmartBusiness and The Summit Group Communications.
VerticalResponse, Inc. is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, survey and direct mail services empowering small businesses and non profit organizations to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product, which allows customers to deliver sophisticated yet easily deployed email campaigns, is the most intuitive and affordable Web-based direct marketing solution available. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit www.verticalresponse.com.
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