CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – May 9, 2013) – GoHealthInsurance.com, the leading online exchange for individuals and families to compare health insurance quotes, is pleased to announce that Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, two of GoHealth’s top executives, have been named finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 program in the Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding, high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Collectively, this year’s finalists who were selected from a strong pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges, created nearly 10,500 jobs in the past three years, providing more than 48,000 jobs at the end of 2012. These companies also generated more than $6.1 billion of revenue in 2012 and grew employment by 21 percent and revenues by 26 percent between 2010 and 2012. Awards will be presented at a special gala event on June 27, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where regional award winners, like Cruz and Jones, will be considered for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of The Year Program.
Under the leadership of Cruz and Jones, GoHealthInsurance.com announced this past February that it would be adding 250 additional jobs this year to its current 350 person employee base. In 2012, GoHealth received $50 million minority investment from Norwest Equity Partners.
“We’re humbled to be honored as finalists for this prestigious award alongside some of the nation’s most brilliant business leaders,” said Clint Jones, CEO at GoHealth. Brandon Cruz, president at GoHealth, added, “Helping to build GoHealth from the ground up and the ability to provide consumers a resource to health insurance has really allowed us to make an impact we are proud of.”
The annual award event which announces the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of The Year culminates in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in 50-plus countries throughout the world.
GoHealthInsurance and its customer-facing website GoHealthInsurance.com is a health insurance technology platform, working with over 100 health insurance carriers and more than 10,000 licensed agents across the United States. Since the company’s founding in 2001, the GoHealth platform has helped nearly 30 million Americans shop and compare health insurance quotes.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Midwest region, sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, LaSalle Network, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
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