The founder and CEO of Travelers Haven and Hotel Engine joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in the hospitality category for the Mountain Desert region
DENVER (June 23, 2017) – EY announces Elia Wallen, founder and CEO of both Travelers Haven® and Hotel Engine®, as a recipient of the prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the hospitality category for the Mountain Desert region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Wallen, who was selected by an independent panel of judges, was presented with the award at a special gala held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on June 22, 2017.
“I am honored and humbled to join such a powerful legacy of talented entrepreneurs as a recipient of this coveted award,” said Elia Wallen, founder and CEO of Travelers Haven and Hotel Engine. “I have the utmost respect for the EY program and my fellow entrepreneur finalists, who all share a common goal: to change the world for the better.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Mindy Grossman of HSN
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- James Park of Fitbit
As a Mountain Desert region award winner, Wallen is now eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Mountain Desert region, sponsors also include Faegre Baker Daniels, Colliers International, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., University of Denver Project X-ITE and the Denver Business Journal.
About Travelers Haven
Founded in 2008, Travelers Haven is one of the largest corporate housing companies in the United States. The tech-enabled, full-service housing firm manages every aspect of the short-term housing process as a complimentary service for participants. The Denver-based company is guided by the needs of its customers and works to save them and their travelers money, time and stress. According to the annual Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) report, Travelers Haven’s outsourced solutions help thousands of businesses across North America save an average of 34 percent off corporate rates at more than 100,000 properties and hotels in metropolitan and rural areas nationwide. In just 2016 alone, the team’s housing experts connected more than 20,000 traveling professionals with their preferred lodging solution. Travelers Haven offers the best rates in the industry, unparalleled support and a complete suite of tools and features to inform and optimize every housing program. For more details, go to www.travelershaven.com.
Travelers Haven and the Travelers Haven logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ® 2013 Travelers Haven, LLC. All rights reserved. CST #4323436.
About Hotel Engine
Hotel Engine® is a free and exclusive members-only hotel booking platform that specializes in connecting businesses, organizations and their affiliates to wholesale hotel rates. The digital platform and mobile app saves members an average of 26% off public rates at more than 100,000 hotels across North America, South America, and Europe. Hotel Engine’s extensive wholesaler partner network; intuitive technology; and superior 24/7, U.S.-based customer support enable the company to offer unrivaled discounts and service to meet all lodging needs.
Hotel Engine and the Hotel Engine logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ® 2017 Hotel Engine, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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