We’re thrilled to share the news that Ernst & Young (EY) has announced Josh Payne, our founder and CEO, as a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Greater Los Angeles award for the third time. This also makes it the fourth year Josh was named as a semifinalist.
This esteemed awards program, now in its 35th year, identifies unstoppable entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of innovation, to honor them for their tenacity, ambition, and courage in the face of constant barriers.
To be eligible for an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, the nominee must be the manager or owner of a private or public company and be primarily responsible for the company’s recent performance. Since the start of the pandemic, Josh has been a guiding light for the company. After shifting operations fully online, he led the way in providing necessary support to allow the team to thrive professionally and personally with virtual events, extreme flex time, company-wide executive coaching, and being open about his own struggles during this period. In the midst of it all, he navigated StackCommerce through a majority-stake acquisition by TPG’s Integrated Media, further ensuring the company’s bright future.
“This feels particularly meaningful after such an unexpected and successful year for StackCommerce,” said Josh. “I’m humbled to be in such impressive company, both among these incredible entrepreneurs and as part of a team who came together to support Stack and each other in so many ways.”
Award winners will be announced during a virtual gala on Thursday, July 29, and will become lifetime members of a prestigious, global network of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni. Regional award winners are also eligible for consideration for the National Awards, presented in November. The national overall award winner will go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.
Through an independent panel of judges that includes previous award winners, leading CEOs, private equity and venture capital investors, and other regional business luminaries, the program has celebrated the leadership of professionals such as Mindy Grossman of HSN, Gail Becker of Caulipower, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market, Katerina Schneider of Ritual, Joey Gonzalez of Barry’s, Nick Green of Thrive Market, and Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon Limited.