SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

June 20, 2008 11:00 ET

Slalom Consulting National General Manager John Tobin Named Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2008

Award Recognized Entrepreneurial Excellence in Professional Services and Consulting

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Slalom Consulting, ranked one of the best consulting firms to work for in the United States, today announced that John Tobin, the firm's National General Manager, has been named the Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2008 for excellence in Professional Services and Consulting. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Tobin was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers on June 13.

Slalom Consulting is a national business and technology consulting firm headquartered in Seattle. Tobin has been instrumental in defining Slalom's business model and practices, and has played a pivotal role in growing the firm's revenue to over $100 million since founding the business. Tobin, along with the national leadership team, is responsible for driving the expansion of Slalom Consulting in existing and new markets. Core responsibilities for Tobin include working with regional General Managers in each of Slalom's eight offices to develop and execute on aggressive growth plans, support key people initiatives and ensure excellent client service.

"Slalom has an entrepreneurial spirit in that we encourage our consultants to think of the company as their own, and to feel empowered to make decisions that benefit our culture, clients and their personal lives," Tobin said. "I accept this recognition by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur Of The Year on behalf of all of our consultants across the U.S. who are proud of the model we are building at Slalom."

Slalom Consultants are transforming traditional consulting models with an innovative formula that combines seasoned experts, the firm's locally based approach, its 50-50 model which balances its solutions-based and general management consulting offerings and its highly relevant and sought after marketplace services. Slalom's consultant-built and consultant-led culture ensures a work and life equilibrium for all employees. Its retention of a progressive work environment including the ability to work from home and lack of travel -- a rarity in the consulting world, provides Slalom with its foundation for attracting and retaining a top-notch consultant roster.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

"Ernst & Young is pleased to honor outstanding business leaders such as John Tobin," said Greg Beams, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Pacific Northwest. "Award recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute a great deal to the communities around them. Their success helps our area grow stronger."

As a Pacific Northwest award recipient, Tobin is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15. 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 Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting ( 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.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

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.

About Ernst & Young

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