SOURCE: Safelite AutoGlass
COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - Jul 5, 2012) - Ernst & Young has given Safelite AutoGlass® President and CEO Tom Feeney the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in South Central Ohio and Kentucky. The awards program, created by Ernst & Young, honors entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.
This year's honorees were selected from more than 150 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year program, announced Nov. 17, 2012.
Feeney became president and CEO of Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation's largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, in 2008. He set a goal of doubling business within five years, which he did in 2011, reaching an all-time high of $1.1 billion in sales. Feeney's vision to make Safelite® the natural choice involves 1) a cultural transformation to be more committed and supportive to employees, 2) developing a powerful brand famous for service and 3) creating an extra-ordinary customer experience.
Under his direction, the company has received many awards, including:
- 2012 Stevie Gold Award for Sales & Customer Service (e-Commerce)
- 2012 Stevie Silver Award for Sales & Customer Service (Customer Service Leader of the Year)
- 2012 American Business Award Bronze for Customer Service Team of the Year
"I thank Ernst & Young for this recognition, but the true winners are the people of Safelite® -- the customer service representatives who answer our phones and the technicians who perform high-quality repairs and replacements," Feeney said. "Together, we have taken Safelite® to a higher standard within our industry by focusing on innovation and the complete customer experience."
About Safelite AutoGlass®
Safelite AutoGlass®, founded in 1947, is the nation's leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, providing mobile service to more than 95 percent of the U.S. population in all 50 states. The Columbus, Ohio-based company employs nearly 10,000 people across the United States and served more than 4.4 million customers last year. For more information, visit www.safelite.com.