DSnews.com – Safeguard CEO Takes Entrepreneur Honor
DSNews.com reported that Safeguard Properties CEO Robert Klein received the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Northeast Ohio region for professional services and asset management firms.
Safeguard CEO Takes Entrepreneur Honor
Carrie Bay | 06.16.09
Robert Klein, founder and CEO of Cleveland, Ohio’s Safeguard Properties, received the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Northeast Ohio region for professional services and asset management firms. The award was presented June 10, at an evening gala awards ceremony at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.
The Ernst & Young entrepreneur awards program, now in its 23rd year, is recognized as one of the most prestigious business awards in the country. Winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, including leaders from civic organizations, academic institutions, and local business owners, many of whom are previous winners of the award.
Each year, awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and success in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
According to Ernst & Young, entrepreneurship and innovation are key to global economic recovery. The firm released a new report Tuesday at the Detroit Economic Club’s National Summit that highlights the importance of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset at a time when business leaders are struggling to balance short-term survival with long-term demand for growth.
James S. Turley, global chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, said, “Entrepreneurship and innovation inherently thrive in downturns; in fact, some of the world’s largest companies were born during a recession. In times like these, it’s especially evident that entrepreneurial thinking isn’t optional. It’s more than a buzz word — it’s a business strategy.”
Klein founded Safeguard Properties in 1990, and has grown it into the largest privately held mortgage field services company in the United States. Safeguard conducts more than one million property inspections and maintenance orders on defaulted and foreclosed properties nationally, for mortgage service companies, banks, financial institutions, and investors.