Chicagoland Technology CEO Earns Entrepreneurial Accolades
Cary Chessick Propels Restaurant.com to Unprecedented Growth and Profitability
June 29, 2010
Arlington Heights, Ill., June 29, 2010—Cary Chessick, president and CEO of Restaurant.com, the trusted and valued source connecting diners and restaurants nationwide, was named the “Midwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in the technology category at an awards gala held last Thursday in Chicago. Chessick also recently earned an “Executive of the Year” finalist nomination for the 2010 American Business Awards, which honors the achievements of organizations and business leaders worldwide.
For Ernst & Young, Chessick stood out among an independent judging panel comprising regional business, academic and community leaders. Between 2007 and 2009, Chessick boosted his company’s profits by nearly 1,000 percent during one of the most challenging recessions in U.S. history. Restaurant.com doubled the number of participating restaurant partners in less than two years. His company now has 15,000 restaurants nationwide with 30,000 money-saving gift certificate options, including $25 gift certificates for $10, available “24/7.”
“For the past 24 years, Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur of the Year program,” said Randy Tavierne, Ernst & Young Partner and Midwest Strategic Growth Markets Leader. “These entrepreneurs make a tremendous difference within our communities and for our larger economy. We thank them for the positive impact they’ve had in the Midwest.”
Chessick for his accomplishments and contributions as an executive leader. Under Chessick’s guidance, for example, the company launched “Feed It Forward,” an online initiative that supported the act of giving during the down economy. Through the program, people in all 50 states gave more than $15 million in total gift certificates in 2008 and 2009. In addition, through Chessick’s commitment to customer satisfaction, Restaurant.com’s customer service department earned an American Business Awards finalist designation for “Customer Service Department of the Year.” Restaurant.com also maintains a strong association with the Better Business Bureau, earning an A+ rating—the bureau’s highest mark.
“I am so very proud of our strong team work ethic and dedication that the entire company demonstrates day in and day out. We are continuing to find innovative ways to fulfill unmet needs of diners and restaurants alike,” said Cary Chessick, Restaurant.com president and CEO. “We are celebrating our 10th year as a company in 2010 and in many ways we have only just begun to hit our stride.”
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