ezCater Co-Founders Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Winners in New England
Stefania Mallett and Briscoe Rodgers honored as groundbreaking entrepreneurs
BOSTON, June 28, 2017 – EY has announced that Stefania Mallett and Briscoe Rodgers, co-founders of ezCater, the only nationwide marketplace for business catering, are winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in New England. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance, and community commitment. Mallett and Rodgers were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala at the Marriott Copley Place on June 27.
Founded in 2007, ezCater’s online marketplace connects businesspeople who need food for meetings or events with over 50,000 restaurants and caterers across the United States. Mallett and Rodgers have led the company from a two-person bootstrapped start up, to a high-growth organization with over 250 employees and $70 million in venture funding. To date, ezCater has served more than 23 million businesspeople in all 50 states, at companies of all sizes, including 90-percent of the Fortune 500.
“I’m honored to be named EY Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Mallett. “It’s gratifying personally, even though really it’s our employees, caterer and restaurant partners, and customers who won this award.”
“ezCater is my fifth start up and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Rodgers. “It’s an honor to be recognized by EY and join their prestigious group of entrepreneurs. ezCater is a success thanks to the best, smartest, and hardest working people that I’m lucky to call teammates.”
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
As a New England award winner, Mallett and Rodgers are eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program. 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.
ezCater is the only nationwide marketplace for business catering. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and award-winning, 5-star customer service connect businesspeople to reliable catering for any meeting, anywhere in the United States. For more information or to place an order, visit www.ezcater.com.
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 more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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