BBS Technologies CEO Rick Pleczko Named Ernst Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award Finalist

HOUSTON - JUNE 2, 2011 - BBS Technologies, a leading provider of systems management software for Windows and Linux servers, today announced that President and CEO Rick Pleczko is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award finalist. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Pleczko was selected as a finalist from nearly 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 22 at the Houston Intercontinental Hotel.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Ernst & Young for my contributions to BBS Technologies’ success in the systems management software business,” said Pleczko. “I would not be on this prestigious list of the top entrepreneurs in the Gulf Coast area if it was not for the highly motivated, extremely talented team at BBS. This nomination attests to their commitment, energy and efforts..”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.

In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors include Fullbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, SAP, SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC, HFBE, Smart Business Magazine and Pierpont Communications.

About Rick Pleczko
Rick has more than 30 years tenure in the software industry having served as a senior executive with market-leading software companies such as NetIQ, Mission Critical Software, Platinum Technology and LBMS. Since founding BBS Technologies in 2004, Rick has served as Chairman, President and CEO. Under Rick’s leadership, BBS Technologies has become a major software company, delivering on his technical and operational vision of providing systems management software that “works simply and simply works.” Today the company has over 9,000 customers worldwide, including some of the world’s largest data centers.

About BBS Technologies
Based in Houston, Texas, BBS Technologies is a leading provider of systems management products that help companies better manage the performance, availability and security of their Windows and Linux Servers. With more than 9,000 customers, worldwide, including some of the world’s largest datacenters, and Fortune 1000 companies, BBS Technologies has offices in Houston, London, Sao Paulo and Melbourne Visit www.bbstech.com

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
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