Prestigious Award Recognizes Company Leader for Business Innovation and Achievement in Technology
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 29, 2015 – FireMon, the leading provider of proactive security intelligence solutions, today announced that company CEO Jody Brazil was named Ernst & Young’s (EY) 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year in technology for the Central Midwest region. The prestigious global awards program recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas including innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Since founding FireMon with Gary Fish in 2004 – defining and revolutionizing the firewall management market – Brazil has guided FireMon through a period of explosive corporate growth and achievement. Recording the most successful year in company history in 2014, FireMon doubled its revenues and expanded customer deployments to more than 1,000 in 50 countries – including over 100 of the Fortune 500 and 25 of the Fortune 100. Notably, prompted by the phenomenal momentum generated under Brazil’s leadership, in 2014, top global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners acquired a majority interest in FireMon.
Building on the company’s 2014 accomplishments, in April 2015 Brazil led FireMon in its acquisition of California-based Immediate Insight. By integrating Immediate Insight with the company’s award-winning proactive security intelligence platform, FireMon is creating the industry’s first dedicated solution to combine detailed, actionable network security intelligence with real-time event analysis to improve security management and operational efficiency.
“I’m so honored to be named EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year. This award is really for everyone at FireMon as well as our customers – a testament to their tremendous vision, dedication and commitment,” said Brazil. “With the recent addition of Jim Lewandowski as president and COO, I’m confident that we’ll enjoy even greater success as we capitalize on our next phase of worldwide company growth.”
Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program prides itself on independent judging, bringing together a mix of business, civic and community leaders to review finalists for their product innovation and commitment to launch a company that opens a new market and drives job growth.
As a Central Midwest award winner, Brazil will be eligible for the 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year national program which will be held on November 14, 2015 in Palm Springs, CA at the Strategic Growth Forum.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
FireMon solutions deliver continuous visibility into and control over network security infrastructure, policies, and risk. Using the FireMon Security Intelligence Platform, today’s enterprise organizations, government agencies, and managed services providers dramatically improve effectiveness of network defenses, optimizing investments and speeding response to changing business demands. For more information, visit http://www.firemon.com.