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Dallas, April 28, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Joe Walsh, Chairman and CEO of Thryv, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Central Plains Award finalist. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.
Walsh was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes.
“I am honored to be selected as a finalist for this award,” said Walsh. “Eight years ago, my team and I took the reins of a 136-year-old company that was facing a secular decline in its core advertising business. Today we are a leader in the fast-growing software segment serving small- to medium-businesses (SMBs) worldwide. We are helping SMBs automate their operations and enhance their client experience. When these SMBs automate their operations, they become more efficient, they gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and they become more valuable to potential acquirers. This honor is for our entire team at Thryv, as together we have transformed this company into a vibrant force shaping the decades ahead for small businesses around the world.”
“It is a privilege to be in the company of 40 other finalists. As entrepreneurs, we are making a difference each in our own way within our companies, our communities and for our customers,” continued Walsh.”
Regional award winners will be announced on June 25. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.
For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Central Plains, sponsors also include Colliers International, Donnelly Financial Solutions, Haynes and Boone LLP, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, D CEO, Marquee Events, and Vari.
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It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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About Thryv Holdings, Inc.
Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRY) is a global software and marketing services company that empowers small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), franchises and agencies to grow and modernize their operations so they can compete and win in today’s economy. Over 46,000 businesses use our award-winning SaaS platform, Thryv®, to manage their end-to-end customer experience, which has helped businesses across the U.S. and overseas grow their bottom line. Thryv also manages digital and print presence for over 400,000 businesses, connecting these SMBs to local consumers via proprietary local search portals and print directories. For more information about Thryv Holdings, Inc., visit thryv.com.