Sydney, Australia – Mike Ford, co-founder and managing director of the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has been announced a National finalist at the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Eastern Region awards ceremony held in Sydney. He now joins all other National finalists going on to the national awards being held in Sydney in October, where they will compete for the title of 2016 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
The judges said, “Mr Ford’s resilience and entrepreneurial spirit have seen SiteMinder withstand challenge from competition. With a significant investment in R&D, this new generation product has been re-engineered several times with further growth potential. It has been Mr Ford’s ability to both recognise a market need and his speed to market, which has allowed SiteMinder to dominate in a relatively short period of time.”
EY’s Sydney Managing Partner, Lynn Kraus, added that Mr Ford and all of this year’s Eastern Region National finalists represent the high-growth entrepreneurial talent the state has to offer.
“This group of entrepreneurs demonstrates what can be achieved with perseverance and resilience. They are shining examples of innovation and business excellence in action. They are creating jobs and driving the economy forward, disrupting traditional business thinking and teaching us all new values in the way we do business and bring ideas to life,” Ms Kraus said.
Founded in 2006, SiteMinder provides an innovative cloud platform that allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests globally. More than 22,000 hotels in 160 countries today use SiteMinder’s technology to generate 43.5 million reservations worth US$16 billion in annual revenue.
About EY Entrepreneur of the Year™
EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
The Australian Entrepreneur of the Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. Its primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.
To hear Mike Ford’s personal story on starting SiteMinder, watch this video:
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As the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.
SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform; TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major GDSs. With more than 22,000 hotel customers and 400 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have presence in more than 160 countries on six continents.
For more information, visit www.siteminder.com.