Named as a Finalist in the Services Category in the Southeast
Atlanta – May 14, 2015 – Birch Communications (“Birch”) a leading nationwide provider of communications, network and cloud services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses, is pleased to announce that Vincent M. Oddo, President and CEO, has been named one of the three finalists in the Services category of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Southeast Awards Program. The prestigious awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
This year, an independent panel of judges has selected 27 regional finalists to compete across 9 categories. Award recipients will be announced at a gala event on June 24, 2015 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Regional award recipients then go on to compete at the national level.
Birch’s President and CEO, Vincent M. Oddo, assumed leadership and partial ownership of the company in 2003 and under his expert leadership, transformed it into the technology powerhouse that it is today. Over the last 12 years, his proven growth strategy has resulted in Birch’s expansion from a mere 9-state footprint into one that has become an industry-leading technology company with a presence in all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Canada and Puerto Rico with over 200,000 customers. In 2014 and 2015, the company experienced a growth rate of 315% and 327%, respectively. In addition to its strong organic sales growth, Birch has completed five acquisitions in the last year. Most notable is the $323 million all-cash purchase of publicly-held, Cbeyond, Inc. in July 2014 which marked Birch’s 23rd acquisition and served as a pivotal strategic accomplishment, delivering record growth and profit for the company.
“We are very lucky to have such an incredible group of entrepreneurs to represent the Southeast Program in this global awards program,” said Brad Duncan, EY Entrepreneur Of the Year® Program Principal. “All of the finalists clearly demonstrate how important their role is in the business world, while continuing to innovate and achieve success. We look forward to highlighting their achievements at the awards gala.”
“I am incredibly proud and honored to be included with such an accomplished group of entrepreneurs and for Birch to be recognized along with so many great organizations,” said Oddo. “Our growth strategy has been powerful and tremendously successful, but it has always been driven by our customers and employees. Creating innovative solutions and exceeding customer expectations by delivering award-winning customer service are part of our core values.”
About the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first truly global award program of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards in more than 145 cities and 60 countries.
About Birch Communications
Birch Communications, Inc. is a leading technology service provider of IP-based communications, broadband, cloud and IT services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses. Our services comprise voice, network, cloud and IT services in all 50 U.S. states, Washington DC, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit birch.com.
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Birch Communications, Inc.