6/27/13 3:15 PM
ANNAPOLIS, MD– The Chesapeake Bayhawks are proud to announce that team owner Brendan Kelly is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Regional Award Winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Kelly’s leadership, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit have been felt on and off the field. The Bayhawks have won two Major League Lacrosse Championships in the three years Kelly has owned the team and the organization has experienced over 30% growth each year since 2010 in ticket sales and sponsorship. Kelly is also is the owner and CEO of Smartlink, a national industry leader providing staffing and site development services within the telecommunications, real estate, construction, engineering and IT industries and Driven, LLC, a members-only corporate transportation company.
The Ernst & Young awards gala event took place on Wednesday, June 26th at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The Bayhawks, Smartlink, and Driven executive teams were in attendance to support Kelly. “Brendan is so deserving of this award,” head coach Dave Cottle said. “His vision and execution in leadership of all his companies is exceptional and that is evident in his success over all facets.”
Brendan and the other regional award winners will now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16th, 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. The national winner will go on to the World Entrepreneur of the Year award in Monaco.
“It is a very humbling experience to be nominated among so many great entrepreneurs from the region. This award is a testimony of all of the great business owners in the country and represents the hard work and perseverance of my team. Without them, I would not be where I am today” said Kelly.
The Bayhawks return home on Thursday, July 18th against the Boston Cannons at 7:30 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.thebayhawks.comor over the phone by calling the box office 866-99-HAWKS (42957). For the Bayhawks full schedule go to www.thebayhawks.com.