CLEVELAND–June 23, 2017–Brett Lindsey, president and chief executive officer, Everstream, has earned the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the IT Software and Services category for Northeast Ohio. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“Every day, I love what I get to do—and I believe the team that’s around me feels the same,” said Lindsey in his acceptance remarks. “It’s been an amazing honor to work with this team for seven years now.
“We have been able to bring private equity into Northeast Ohio, continue to buy companies in Michigan and the Midwest, and grow this company in Cleveland, Ohio,” Lindsey continued. “There is nothing that would make me more proud than to do what our team has done.”
Everstream is a superregional network service provider bringing fiber-based Ethernet, internet and data center solutions to businesses throughout the Midwest. Lindsey led the company through a roadshow in 2014, which secured debt financing to support the creation of Everstream as a 100 percent for-profit subsidiary of OneCommunity.
Known for being employee-centric, Lindsey understands his and the company’s success is dependent on the level of talent around him and the trust he and his management team foster throughout the organization.
“I am most passionate about our people because it’s very difficult to make customers happy and drive the business forward if you don’t surround yourself with the best team you can find,” he added.
Lindsey was among 11 Northeast Ohio winners recognized in eight categories, including real estate, hospitality and construction; services; manufacturing and distribution; family business; retail and consumer products; financial services; IT software and services; and community impact.
Lindsey now is eligible to be considered 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 Nov. 18, 2017.
Founded in 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded throughout its 31 years to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Northeast Ohio, sponsors also include PNC Bank, Smart Business, Howard & O’Brien Executive Search, Oswald Companies and Alliance Solutions Group.
Everstream is a superregional network service provider bringing fiber-based Ethernet, internet and data center solutions to businesses throughout the Midwest. We focus on delivering best-in-class network solutions while providing an unrivaled commitment to customer service. With more than 9,500 miles of fiber across five states and comprehensive data center connectivity at 100 Gigabit speed, we provide the fastest network in our service areas. Everstream’s network allows businesses to operate a converged IP network capable of delivering robust voice, video, and data services at speeds from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps. For more information, visit everstream.net.
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