Carroll Ross Named a Finalist for CEO of the Year by Maryland Tech Council

RESTON, VA –  October 15, 2020 – Carroll Ross, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Collaborative Solutions, was named a finalist for CEO of the Year by the Maryland Tech Council’s (MTC) annual Industry Awards Celebration (IAC). This year’s winners were revealed at a virtual celebration on October 13, 2020. The event celebrates individuals and companies that have made a significant impact in the technology and life sciences industries.

“This year’s Industry Awards Celebration nominations were amazing with respect to their accomplishments and the value that they bring their respective industries and clients,” said the IAC committee co-chairs, Tony Deflumeri, the Atlantic Region Director of Business Development for BDO, and Howard S. Rothman, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Securities. “The number of truly outstanding companies represented among the finalists within each of the award categories speaks to the commitment and dedication they all bring to being the very best.”

Carroll founded Collaborative because he wanted to develop a new model for consulting firms, both customer-facing and internally. Included in that internal model is an open-door policy with the leadership team, a culture of feedback, and opportunities for employees to build real relationships. Over the last several years, Carroll has led initiatives to build upon the learnings collected through his annual CEO Survey, which included a refresh of our company values (People, Collaboration, Knowledge, Balance, and Integrity) as well as a 'Valuing Your Voice' initiative that allows employees to provide their thoughts and feedback across key areas that impact their employee experience.

Carroll is not only dedicated to his employees, but he is also committed to giving back to the community. Driven by a true passion to support Autism Speaks and the organization’s mission, Collaborative was the first corporate-sponsored National Walk Team for the organization. Carroll has rallied employees to help fundraise and donate throughout the years, even agreeing to creative campaigns that inspire employees to support Autism Speaks. When we've hit our company fundraising goals, Carroll has suited up sumo-style for a fierce competition against other leaders and rocked a poncho and goggles for a pie-in-the-face trivia game. All of which have resulted in significant contributions toward an important cause.

When it comes to meeting and exceeding business goals and customer expectations, evolving our company culture as a great workplace for all, and giving back to our communities, Collaborative is successful in large part because Carroll leads with courage, intention, and hard work.

About the Maryland Tech Council

The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of our individual members. We are the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state of Maryland, and we provide value by giving members a forum to learn, share, and connect. MTC brings the region’s community together into a single, united organization that empowers our members to achieve their business goals through advocacy, networking and education. The vision for the Maryland Tech Council is to propel Maryland to become the number one innovation economy for life sciences and technology in the country. For more information:

About Collaborative Solutions

Collaborative Solutions, a Cognizant Company, is a leading global finance and HR transformation consultancy that leverages world-class cloud solutions to help deliver successful customer outcomes for Fortune 100 companies, medium-sized businesses, education, healthcare, and government institutions. As the longest-tenured Workday Services Partner and customer, their full lifecycle services—complete with an in-house Change Management practice and proven proprietary tools—have helped more than 800 customers transform their businesses.

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, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.