The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced the winners of the 18th annual Tech 50 awards this past Tuesday. I'm proud to say that GiftCards.com was a nominee in not one, but two catigories: Advanced Manufacturing Company of the Year & CEO of the Year. While we didn't walk away with a win I'm very proud that we were nominated to stand with such great business partners in the Pittsburgh Tech community. Congrats to all winners and hopefully see you there next year!
GiftCards.com was recently recognized as one of Pittsburgh's 'Smart 50' companies within the region. The Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. All 50 winners were honored at a black-tie celebration in this past week. In addition to included within the ranks of the Smart 50, GiftCards.com received a specialty award for our achievements in innovation. This award means a lot to me as we strive to produce a great product for our customers and employees. We have a lot of big things planned for the remainder of 2014 and even bigger things to come in 2015! Thank you to all our customers and employees who help us keep innovating and make 'em smile : )
On the heals of GiftCards.com being names one of Pittsburgh's fastest growing companies, we just learned that the company has again been named one of the fastest growing private companies in America by the editors of Inc. Magazine. The Inc. 5000 list, now in its 33rd year, profiles the fastest-growing privately held companies in an annual ranking. GiftCards.com came in at #4085! The full list can be found using the link below.
GiftCards.com was again named one of Pittsburgh's fastest growing companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The Pittsburgh 100 List celebrates the regions fastest-growing companies in an annual ranking. GiftCards.com came in at #58 overall! The full list can be found using the link below.
I was excited to learn that GiftCards.com is a finalist for the Pittsburgh Tech 50 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Company of the Year award as well as the CEO of the Year award. Annually, the Pittsburgh Technology Council presents awards to southwestern Pennsylvania’s top tech companies with recognition in certain technology categories. GiftCards.com is one of three companies that are manufacturing this product and the only company that is manufacturing customized prepaid cards that are paired with customized greeting cards. The gift card and greeting card personalization makes our product a very unique gift that makes people smile!
Our products are one hundred percent customization and can be produced one-off. Since we are able to produce just one personalized card at a time, we speak directly to our gift-giving customers. Each piece can be customized to our customers’ wishes. Plus, our speed of manufacturing and package delivery is unmatched in the industry. A customer can order a custom prepaid card with a greeting card and have it in-hand within two business days.
In addition to 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Company of the Year, I was humbled to be included as a finalist for CEO of the Year. Best of luck to all the Pittsburgh Tech 50 finalists!
This week, I was excited to learn that I was selected as a finalists for for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2014 award. Each year, five different entrepreneurs, who have created their own original start-ups, become finalists in the contest. Once finalists are announced, everyone has the chance to vote online for the future winner of the prestigious award.
I am humbled by the nomination and want to thank all the people around me. I couldn't do it without all of the great employees and friends at GifCards.com. As I reiterated with the team, this is not a badge for me to wear, but rather a badge for our company and the blessing we have been given. Anyway, win or not, it is great that WE made it here.
If you have a moment I'd love your support by submitting a vote by visiting Entrepreneur Magazine’s voting page before September 19, 2014. Thank you!
Full Press Release Milton Hershey School® has named Jason Wolfe ’87, of Sewickley, Pa., as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. This year marks the 61st year the school has bestowed this honor. Wolfe will be formally honored on June 15 during the school’s Commencement Ceremony. Recipients of the award have demonstrated humanitarianism and exemplary service to others, achieved distinguished service in their careers, and exhibited high standards of achievements both personally and professionally. The Alumnus of the Year serves as a role model for MHS students and an example of achievement to which they can aspire.
An entrepreneur, Wolfe holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa., and is the founder, president and CEO of GiftCards.com and Wolfe LLC. Having suffered a severe accident and recovering from spinal fusion, Wolfe taught himself computer programming and used his new skill to create the first online coupon site in 1995 when the commercial Internet was in its infancy.
Since then, Wolfe has continued to build, sell and re-build companies. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 for the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region and selected as one of the top five entrepreneurs in the prepaid industry. He has been a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program for the past three years. In addition, his company has won the 100 Fastest Growing Companies Award in Pittsburgh seven times, the Governor’s ImPAct Award in 2013, and was named a finalist for the Business Ethics Award in 2014. “I am also very thrilled to have been issued eight patents, so far,” Wolfe said.
Beyond developing his company, Wolfe is an usher at Orchard Hill Church and a participant in a men’s Bible study group. He also has volunteered with three mission trips to Haiti, and has helped the Light of Life homeless shelter and delivered the Sunday service message there several times. He enjoys wakeboarding, skiing with his son, playing tennis, and staying physically active. Wolfe is also a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) which connects successful young chief executives in a global network “of approximately 20,000 business leaders in more than 120 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange™,” according to the YPO website.
Wolfe and his nine-year-old son Morris reside in Sewickley.
Omni Prepaid's CEO, Jason Wolfe, accepts the 1st Place Award for Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh 100. Watch Jason's acceptance speech here where he provides some great insight on his business and the road to become part of Pittsburgh 100. Omni Prepaid, LLC owned company, MyCoupons LLC, is proud to announce its achievement in this year's Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh 100, which focuses on the fastest-growing companies in Pittsburgh--despite the volatility in the overall economy. MyCoupons is the first couponing site and currently has 6,000 merchants nationwide with more than 50,000 coupons.
MyCoupons revenue growth from 2008 to 2010 was 576%, awarding the company a No. 1 ranking for the Marketing/Advertising/Publishing Industry category, and overall ranking of No. 4 on the Pittsburgh 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the region.
After accepting the achievement Jason Wolfe, Wolfe LLC and MyCoupons CEO, states, "A combination of a truly committed group of employees, a diverse portfolio of products, and a renewed interested in the coupons and savings market has helped position our company where it is today."
Pittsburgh, PA (June 10, 2011) - Wolfe, LLC is proud to announce that the company's founder and Chief Executive Officer Jason Wolfe was presented with the 2011 Ernst & Young eCommerce Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Western Pennsylvania region. Ernst & Young's awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jason was honored with this award at the annual gala in front of the other 27 finalists, guests and family at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA on June 10th, 2011. After winning the regional award, Jason is now up for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. We are extremely excited and proud to see our leader receive this recognition.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 140 cities and over 50 countries throughout the world.