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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
Mike Ford, co-founder and managing director of the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has been announced a National finalist at the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Eastern Region awards ceremony held in Sydney. He now joins all other National finalists going on to the national awards being held in Sydney in October, where they will compete for the title of 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
The judges said, “Mr Ford’s resilience and entrepreneurial spirit have seen SiteMinder withstand challenge from competition. With a significant investment in R&D, this new generation product has been re-engineered several times with further growth potential. It has been Mr Ford’s ability to both recognise a market need and his speed to market, which has allowed SiteMinder to dominate in a relatively short period of time.”
EY’s Sydney Managing Partner, Lynn Kraus, added that Mr Ford and all of this year’s Eastern Region National finalists represent the high-growth entrepreneurial talent the state has to offer.
“This group of entrepreneurs demonstrates what can be achieved with perseverance and resilience. They are shining examples of innovation and business excellence in action. They are creating jobs and driving the economy forward, disrupting traditional business thinking and teaching us all new values in the way we do business and bring ideas to life,” Ms Kraus said.
Founded in 2006, SiteMinder provides an innovative cloud platform that allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests globally. More than 22,000 hotels in 160 countries today use SiteMinder’s technology to generate 43.5 million reservations worth US$16 billion in annual revenue.