2016 Moxie Awards: CEO of the Year

May 17, 2016

Built In Chicago’s Moxie Awards are back, and this year we’re celebrating Chicago’s cream-of-the-crop digital technology companies like never before. Check out the finalists for CEO of the Year, and be sure to vote for your favorite here

To see which company comes out on top, mark your calendars for June 16 at Morgan Manufacturing. We’ll meet you there. Get your tickets now— you won’t want to miss out!

CEO of the Year

Kayne Grau, 

Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

In less than a year, Kayne Grau has overseen the strategic direction and rapid growth of DRIVIN, an automotive tech startup with 80 employees who are shaking up a tired industry. Grau has a solid track record of building teams and reinvigorating businesses. Moving into year two with year-over-year transactional value growth of 1,037 percent, he’s proving he can keep DRIVIN moving in the fast lane.  

Tim Handorf, 

Tim, an entrepreneurial veteran, leads with our company values and culture at the forefront. We never waiver from our ‘buyers come first’-commitment. G2 Crowd is succeeding through our entrepreneurial spirit, compassion, authenticity, continuous learning, living at the peak and expecting excellence.

Jon Morris, 

Jon Morris' persistence, dedication, and innovative approach to digital marketing has led Rise Interactive to tremendous growth. Starting from humble beginnings, Jon has turned $10,000 into a multi-million dollar business with a dedicated team of more than 200 digital marketers.

Rishi Shah, 

Founder of the largest and fastest-growing company in health technology, serving 375 million patient visits annually. Consistent driver of triple-digit growth in revenue, headcount and distribution, with a passion for investing in people, ideas and Chicago. Seeking: red trophy.

Jason Weingarten, 

We're located in the Loop, a block from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. Our office offers panoramic 360 degree views of Chicago.

Over the past year, through Jason Weingarten’s leadership, Yello’s headcount has grown by about 150 percent, becoming one of the fastest growing Chicago tech companies. Yello dominates the talent acquisition software market counting 70-plus Fortune 500 companies in its portfolio. Plus, he can out-karaoke any other CEO with Wagon Wheel.

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