Houston, Texas, June 24, 2016 – Ernst and Young has named Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman International, as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2016 Gulf Coast Area award winner for Family Business. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Mrs. Birkman Fink explains, “Innovation, while staying true to our family roots, has been our focus, and will remain the focus, for Birkman moving forward. Our goal is to improve the personal and professional lives of others, which is reflected at Birkman by our products, services, culture, and in everything that we do. It’s an amazing honor, and I am incredibly grateful to have been recognized by Ernst and Young.”
Sharon Birkman Fink holds the business close to her heart, as she is carrying forward the vision of her late father, psychologist Dr. Roger Birkman, who founded the company in 1951 and created its behavioral and occupational assessment, The Birkman Method(R). Mrs. Birkman Fink has held the role of President at Birkman since 2002, during which time she has ushered in growth and modernization while maintaining the strictest standards for product quality, validity, and reliability.
As a regional award winner, Mrs. Birkman Fink will now advance to the national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) National Awards gala at the Strategic Growth Forum(R), held in Palm Springs, California on November 19, 2016. Birkman is proud to see Mrs. Birkman Fink’s passion, dedication, strategic mindset, and purposeful work honored among other innovative and successful business leaders.
About Birkman International, Inc.
Birkman helps people and organizations improve performance through its personality test and career assessment. The Birkman Method(R) provides insights into a person’s Interests, Usual Behaviors, Needs, and Stress Behaviors in memorable report formats that are both empowering and constructive. Birkman is a favorite choice of organizational development and HR professionals, life coaches, career counselors, educators, and consultants. The Birkman Method(R) has decades of proven scientific validity and continues to stay at the forefront of the personality assessment field.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(R)
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Gulf Coast Area, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, Colliers International, DLA Piper, ADP, SolomonEdwards and Pierpont Communications.
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