a2z, Inc. CEO Rajiv Jain Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award Finalist in Maryland

a2z, Inc. today announced that Rajiv Jain is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the Maryland.  According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Rajiv 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 June 19 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. 

“It is indeed an honor to be considered for such a prestigious award,” Jain commented when he heard the news, then added in his typical modest fashion, “but the nomination would not be possible without the efforts of the entire a2z team.”

a2z, Inc. was born in 1998 when Jain saw a unique opportunity to apply computer technology to the world of expositions. The technology he visualized would harness the real-time power of the internet to boost revenues, increase attendance, improve productivity, and reduce marketing and operating costs for show managers, exhibitors, and attendees. Today, a2z offers several reliable, affordable, and user-friendly software programs for event organizers to manage and market exhibitions and conferences online. Its fail-safe, easy-to-learn event management software requires minimal training or technical expertise and is used by over 500 expositions and organizations of virtually every size, scope and industry worldwide - including dozens of the Top 200 expositions in the United States.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year.  The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008.  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.


About a2z, Inc.: a2z, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of innovative solutions to manage shows. It offers tremendous value with a client-centric business model that helps clients promote their event, business and brand. a2z’s portfolio of products and services includes event management, professional networking, matchmaking, appointment scheduling, and personalized itineraries. Highly effective sales, marketing and revenue retention/generation tools are seamlessly built into a2z offerings. More than 150 show organizers and associations license a2z to help improve efficiencies and web presence for over 500 events annually. a2z powers more than 50 of the TSW 200 shows. For more information, visit www.a2zinc.net.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year
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