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EY Announces Collaborative Solutions’ Carroll Ross as a Back-to-Back Entrepreneur Of the Year Finalist

Reston, VA, May 9, 2017 – Ernst & Young has announced that Carroll Ross, CEO of Collaborative Solutions, is a finalist for the second year in the row for the Entrepreneur Of the Year® Award in the Mid-Atlantic region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ross was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 15, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

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.

Ross is honored to receive this achievement. As a determined self-starter, he left the security of a “Big Four” consulting firm job to start his own company. In recent years, he has continued an innovative path by expanding Collaborative’s strategy and transformation services. His entrepreneurial spirit has helped launch and build Collaborative Solutions into the leading finance and HR transformation firm that it is today.

Bob Maller, President and Chief Culture Officer of Collaborative Solutions and longtime friend of Ross, said “A company culture based on teamwork, transparency, and understanding must be built from the ground up. Carroll has proven he’s done just that through numerous corporate accolades from Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, Bay Area News Group, several consulting awards, and most importantly, Collaborative’s customer satisfaction rating of 98%.”

“In the flourishing cloud consulting industry, innovation is the key to staying competitive, and Carroll has developed a business model that supports continuous innovation, said Steve Csuka, Chief Operating Officer of Collaborative Solutions. “Part of Carroll’s business philosophy includes an open-door policy across the organization with the executive leadership team, and one of his key projects is implementing organization changes based on an annual survey of employee feedback. By leading the company in this employee-centric way, Carroll has developed a truly unique and positive company culture that gets noticed, both by job seekers and by peers within the industry.”

Ross is committed to supporting community and charitable causes and has demonstrated this commitment throughout Collaborative’s history. He is a champion for Autism Speaks and rallies the company, its partners, and customers to support Autism Speaks financially and through participation in the charity’s annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising event. In 2017, Ross led Collaborative to become Autism Speaks’s first National Walk Team, and over the past eight years he has led the company to raise more than $160,000 for Autism Speaks.

About Collaborative Solutions

Collaborative Solutions is a leading global Finance and HR Transformation consultancy that leverages world-class cloud solutions to help deliver successful outcomes for its customers. As one of the longest-tenured consulting partners with Workday, Collaborative Solutions has a 98% customer satisfaction rate and has partnered with over 325 customers including global Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, and education and government institutions.

Collaborative Solutions has deployed in over 125 countries and has experience with organizations ranging from 200 to 200,000 employees. Collaborative Solutions is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area with offices in Pleasanton, CA; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Tampa, FL; New York City, NY; Toronto, Ontario; and Dublin, Ireland.

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