April 21,2017

EY Announces HI as Finalist for Entrepreneur of The Year 2017

SAINT LOUIS PARK, Minn. - April 21, 2017 – Ernst & Young (EY) announces Sabin Ephrem, Chris Staley and Jeremy Langevin of Horizontal Integration as finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Upper Midwest.  The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  The three partners of Horizontal Integration were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 8 in Minneapolis. 

Horizontal Integration provides leading digital marketing and technology expertise for Fortune 500 companies, both on a project basis and via strategic staffing solutions. Ephrem, Staley and Langevin have propelled the company with nearly a decade of consistent double-digit growth year over year. Ephrem serves as Horizontal Integration’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Staley and Langevin head the digital and staffing agencies respectively as Executive Vice Presidents.

“We are humbled and honored to be named finalists among such a distinguished group of our peers”, said Ephrem. “We owe our success to our passionate and dedicated team members that deliver exceptional service every day to our clients.” 

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition.  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 Upper Midwest, region sponsors include PadillaCRT, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton, Pohlad Companies and ThreeBridge Solutions.

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.

About Horizontal Integration 
Founded in 2003, Horizontal Integration (HI) is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with two key service lines: Digital Agency and Staffing Agency. Our Digital Agency team offers unmatched depth and breadth of experience with the most complex, enterprise-level Sitecore CMS implementation and enhancement programs. Our Staffing Agency offers temporary and permanent IT and Creative talent needs, with over 500 active billing consultants.
Horizontal Integration is headquartered in Saint Louis Park, MN, with additional offices in Denver, Chicago and Vadodara, India. The company is consistently recognized for being a top workplace in the Twin Cities and one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.



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