Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Proud Time

As we all go through our careers, we have opportunities to observe and experience many different leadership styles. Sometimes, the style may be orthogonal to your values or preference. In other cases, you may appreciate the success achieved, but not the methods. But sometimes you find yourself in a situation in which all things seem to come together - you’re just proud to work for someone because of the vision they display, the integrity they embody, the gusto with which they lead and so on. Today, I describe myself as fortunate and proud to work for David Childers, EthicsPoint president and CEO, and thrilled to announce that he’s been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Award in the Pacific Northwest region. This designation publicly recognizes David for the talent and work ethic we here already know. Recognizing him for the extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to his business and community, the acknowledgment couldn’t be given to anyone more deserving in those aspects.

Early on, David recognized the potential of EthicsPoint long before the current boom in ERM and GRC – before governance, risk and compliance (GRC) even had an “industry.” Coming off a successful stint as Oregon Scientific’s CEO, he was looking for a new opportunity to sink his teeth into and found the product EthicsPoint was built around – an anonymous telephony and web-based reporting system for ethics and compliance violations – to be one with potential to change the business world. A couple years after investing his time, energy and resources in the company, Sarbanes-Oxley was passed and what had previously been a "nice-to-have" hotline for employees to report misconduct became a mandate for publicly traded companies, making EthicsPoint a success – quickly. Having someone at the helm with David’s experience in business management and high-growth industries was one of the keys to EthicsPoint success through that period and on into our current state of maturity. The gradual transformation of our company under his leadership into an overall organizational risk management provider was a natural progression from EthicsPoint’s roots and his foresight has benefited this company from the ground up – from product strategy to acquisitions to the legal and cultural implications of that growth – and we look forward to where we’ll be going next with him at the helm!

Congrats again to David and we look forward to the announcement of the PNW regional winner on June 18, 2010 at the Pacific Northwest Region Award Gala at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle! More information about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards can be found here:


1 Response to "A Proud Time"

Anonymous said... December 12, 2015 at 10:27 PM

If your ego starts out, 'I am important, I am big, I am special,' you're in for some disappointments when you look around at what we've discovered about the universe. No, you're not big. No, you're not. You're small in time and in space. And you have this frail vessel called the human body that's limited on Earth.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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