Chicago real estate firm @properties announced that, for the second consecutive year, company co-founders Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong have been named finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 program in the Midwest.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award is considered to be one of the most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. Each year it recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and commitment to their communities.
This year, there were more than 100 nominations in the Midwest region, and Golden and Wong were among the finalists who were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 27, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.
Golden and Wong founded @properties in 2000, and have built the company into the largest residential real estate brokerage in the city of Chicago and the second largest and fastest-growing brokerage firm on the North Shore. Currently, @properties is ranked 21st on REAL Trends 500 list of the largest real estate companies in the nation. The firm also had a record year in 2012, posting its highest sales volume in company history with sales of more than $3 billion.
“We’re incredibly honored to be a finalist for The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the second year in a row,” said @properties co-founder Michael Golden. “Innovation has been the key to @properties’ growth, and we’re humbled to be among some of the most innovative companies in business today.”
Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Winners of the regional awards are then eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program, which announces award winners in several national categories as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner. The annual awards gala will be held in Palm Springs, Calif. on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.