David Gilbert joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Finance category.
SAN DIEGO, June 15, 2017 – EY today announced that Founder and CEO David Gilbert of National Funding, one of the country's leading financial technology companies for small and medium-sized businesses, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Finance category in San Diego. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. David Gilbert was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar on June 12, 2017.
“It’s a distinct honor to win the Entrepreneur Of The Year – Finance award. EOY is the only competitive awards program in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies,” said Gilbert. “It’s great to be in the company of men and women who see passed the present to create the future. Through their leadership, they help the economy and our local communities grow. This recognition reflects the efforts of our entire National Funding team, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
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
National Funding CEO and Founder, Dave Gilbert, wins the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 San Diego Award in the Finance category.
Dave is seen here with (L to R) Mark Baum, CEO and Executive Director of Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences category, Chuck Myers, CEO and President of Airgain, Inc., Technology category, Carlos Michan, CEO of Strata Equity Group, Inc., Real Estate category, David Inmon, CEO and President of Redhorse Corporation, Services category, and Dave Gilbert, CEO and Founder of National Funding, Finance category.
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 San Diego, the sponsors of Entrepreneur Of The Year include Cooley LLP and Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC.
About National Funding
Founded in 1999, National Funding is one of the country's leading financial technology companies for small and medium-sized businesses, providing working capital loans, equipment financing, merchant cash advances, and merchant services. National Funding has provided more than $1.5 billion in capital for more than 25,000 businesses nationwide. The company believes in American small business owners, and strives to provide fast turnaround, flexible solutions and great service to all its customers and clients in a diverse range of industries including: construction, excavation, manufacturing, retail, packaging, printing, restaurant, telecommunications, trucking, transportation, and waste management, among others. National Funding was recognized on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list for the past four years, as well as placing on San Diego Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies list for the past four years.
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 over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. http://www.ey.com/eoy
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