Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that John Trautman, CEO of Visual Data Media Services was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Greater Los Angeles Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Trautman was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on July 29th, 2021.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young,” says Trautman. “I started Visual Data 26 years ago with a dream of building an industry-leading global digital media services company. Along with my exceptional team, we have managed to do just that. I am grateful to the clients, employees and trusted advisors who have helped me on this path and I am honored to be in a position to do the same for others. Knowing we’ve played a role in the personal growth and successes of hundreds of employees as well as connecting millions of people with their favorite entertainment is rewarding beyond words. This recognition is incredibly gratifying and greatly appreciated.”
Trautman is the founder and CEO of Visual Data Media Services, a global provider of end-to-end media supply chain services to the entertainment industry with locations in Burbank, London and Bangalore. For over 26 years with Trautman at the helm, the company has supplied award-winning, quality-driven content management, distribution, localization and media services that enable customers to deliver premium content in any format for any screen or platform, anywhere in the world.
For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Trautman will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
As a Greater Los Angeles award winner, Trautman is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
- Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
- Saeju Jeong of Noom
- Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
- Jodi Berg of Vitamix
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- James Park of Fitbit
- Daymond John of Fubu
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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