EY Announces ROB DAVIS of CRITICALSTART as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southwest Award Winner

For Immediate Release

Plano, TX (August 5, 2021) – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that CEO, Rob Davis of Critical Start was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southwest Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Davis was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on August 4, 2021.  

“What a true honor it is to have been recognized among such distinguished names,” said Davis. “During this time of ongoing uncertainty, there’s comfort in knowing entrepreneurial minds continue to persevere. As cyber threats remain an urgent priority for businesses across all industries, I’m proud to represent the Critical Start team and their steadfast commitment to challenging the cybersecurity status quo and delivering first-rate service to our clients.”

Critical Start offers managed security services including Managed Detection and Response (MDR), incident response, professional services, and product fulfillment; helping organizations prepare for, respond to and resolve breaches. It has built an expansive channel program, becoming the “go to” MDR vendor for more than 50 partners supported by a robust team of alliance experts. Critical Start is the only MDR provider committed to eliminating acceptable risk and leaving nothing to chance. Its award-winning portfolio includes end-to-end Professional Services, with its MDR strategies putting a stop to alert fatigue.

For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Davis will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As a Southwest award winner, Davis is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced 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 program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

·       Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
·       Saeju Jeong of Noom
·       Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
·       Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
·       Jodi Berg of Vitamix
·       Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
·       Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
·       Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
·       Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
·       James Park of Fitbit
·       Daymond John of Fubu 


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In the Southwest Region, sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone LLP, PNC, Donnelley Financial Solutions, RHSB, Smith Frank & Partners and D CEO Magazine.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. 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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CRITICALSTART® and MOBILESOC® are federally registered trademarks owned by Critical Start. Critical Start also claims trademark rights in the following: Cyber Operations Risk & Response™ platform, and Trusted Behavior Registry®. Any unauthorized use is expressly prohibited.

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