Tag Archives: CEO of the Year

How Rob Deford grew Boordy Vineyards by growing his industry

Boordy Vineyards

Rob Deford, president and owner of Boordy Vineyards, skillfully guides the oldest winery in Maryland . In 2007, his company’s production of wine tripled, and the 2007 vintage will probably go down as one of the very best vintage years in Maryland’s history. He achieved that remarkable growth, in part, by doing something that most business leaders would not understand — lending his competitors a strong helping hand.

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Michael Chasen and Blackboard: agents of change

Michael Chasen Blackboard

As CEO of Blackboard, Chasen led this startup company through a thicket of naysayers, over the hills of initial financing, into unknown terrain, through an initial public offering and the bold purchase of its closest rival. Now Blackboard stands as a hugely successful public company that is considered a leader and pioneer in online education with a promising future.

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Fresh idea: How John Scardapane turned a side dish into a phenomenon

Scardapane Saladworks

Saladworks boasts 103 franchises in 14 states and a slew of awards, including being named No. 1 salad franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for the past three years. But the Saladworks founder and CEO has more ambitious plans in store, namely taking the Philadelphia-based franchise from coast to coast and beyond, while continuing to win the loyalty of customers and admiration of the industry.

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How Millennial Media stays one step ahead in mobile

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Paul Palmieri’s big market opportunity sat within the confines of a screen the size of a postage stamp. It was the turn of the century, and the mobile communications industry was in its infancy. Cell phones had recently evolved into pocket-sized devices with tiny, digital displays, and Palmieri, an executive with Verizon Wireless responsible for mobile data and content services, began to envision the boundless possibilities for delivering advertising, news, weather forecasts, business functions, movie trailers, sports highlights, games and other content on those tiny, colored screens.

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