BALTIMORE, MD – June 10, 2016 – Founder and President of Blue Ocean, Jonathan Ehrenfeld, was recognized as Maryland’s 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the service category. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® has been celebrating entrepreneurs for more than 25 years. Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders. The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Maryland Awards were announced at the gala on June 9, 2016 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
The program recognizes the endeavors of exceptional men and women who create products and services that keep our worldwide economy moving forward. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, risk and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Entrepreneur of the Year candidates include traditional entrepreneurs who are the founders/leaders of high-growth companies. They also are transformational CEOs who may not have started their company but have been essential to its success.
All regional honorees are invited to the Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, California. The Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala is the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Fund, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in America. The overall national US winner will compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco.
Jonathan’s nomination for the EY award came on the heels of winning the 2015 Corporate Culture Award from SmartCEO. Jonathan reacts to receiving the nomination, “As always, this year’s group of nominees were outstanding and I’m honored to be counted among them. We [Blue Ocean] have worked diligently to grow our business not just by the numbers but by the quality of our investments and our people.”
About Blue Ocean
Located in Baltimore, MD, Blue Ocean is active in syndicating, purchasing and managing commercial real estate assets in the multifamily, office, retail and industrial sectors. The company was founded in 2004. Since that time Blue Ocean has grown its portfolio to 45 properties valued at over $300,000,000. The Blue Ocean portfolio consists of nearly 3,500 apartment homes and approximately 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space.