SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

May 12, 2008 09:00 ET

Ernst & Young Names Slalom Consulting's National General Manager John Tobin Finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award

Founder of Local-Based Consulting Model Recognized for Leadership in the Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Slalom Consulting, ranked one of the best consulting firms to work for in the U.S., today announced that national general manager John Tobin is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the Pacific Northwest. 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. Tobin was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 13, 2008 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

Slalom Consulting is a national business and technology consulting firm, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle. Tobin is responsible for driving overall direction and operations for Slalom Consulting's eight offices across the U.S. He works closely with the regional general managers in each office to develop and execute on aggressive growth plans, support key people initiatives and ensure excellent client service. He also oversees nationally focused teams that coordinate opportunities in emerging U.S. markets.

"Slalom Consulting was conceived to overcome common obstacles in the management and technology consulting industry including excessive travel and inflated client costs," Tobin said. "The spirit of Slalom is entrepreneurial by nature, making this recognition an honor for everyone on our team."

Slalom's services range from broad areas including project / program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as CRM, ERP and Sarbanes-Oxley. Slalom is best known for its highly experienced, locally based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation.

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 recipients are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national program.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

In the Pacific Northwest, sponsors include Scherzer International, Puget Sound Business Journal, The Big Picture Film and Video Arts, and The Summit Group Communications.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.

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About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting (www.slalom.com) is a national business and technology consulting firm, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle. Following its motto, "Business is a Race. Win it." Slalom's services range from broad areas including project and program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as ERP, business intelligence, CRM and more. As a winner of Consulting Magazine's "Top Ten Firms to Work For," Slalom is best known for its highly experienced, locally based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation. In addition to Seattle, Slalom has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Southern California.

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