Seattle, WA, June 21 – Global assurance, tax and advisory services leader Ernst & Young (EY) announced that Chris Moore of Concord Technologies received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Mold Breaker category in the Pacific Northwest Region. Moore, who founded Concord in 1996, was selected by an independent panel of judges and presented with the award during a black-tie gala at the prestigious King Street Ballroom and Perch in downtown Seattle June 14.
As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. It was a well-balanced mix of all those categories that led to Moore’s recognition; however, Moore’s foresight and innovation in three key projects led him to winning the “Mold Breaker” category.
First with Concord Technologies, he saw the benefit of delivering fax over the internet long before the “cloud” moniker was born. Then he founded Old Stove Brewery in Pike Place Market in 2016, and his most recent venture and major investment in preserving The Mill at Vicksburg—a historic paper mill he’s transforming into a mixed-use campus that will include meeting and convention space, multiple indoor and outdoor concert venues, an Old Stove Brewery and Taproom, residential, commercial and outdoor recreation space, and a boutique hotel while also stimulating long-term economic revitalization in his hometown of Vicksburg, Michigan.
In 1996, Concord served as an online hosted service provider for the popular WinFax Pro fax software, but by 1999, the company had created and delivered the SAAS industry standards for internet fax and unified messaging operating through the world’s most prolific fax software. With Concord firmly established as the leading provider of online fax solutions for health care, in 2018 Moore extended the “CloudFax” platform with a new set of easy-to-use cloud software services the company branded as “NEXTSTEP.” This new service enables Concord to go beyond delivering faxed patient records electronically by allowing customers to digitally incorporate those documents into clinical workflows and ultimately, to become usable parts of an electronic patient record.
“Today, health care providers spend too much time and money managing patient information—we want to change that,” said Chris Moore. “At Concord, we’ve developed AI technology that enables automation in the processing of patient data. Our commitment is to helping health care providers spend fewer resources managing data, so they can focus on superior patient care.”
Moore’s success with Concord led to entrepreneurial endeavors that are focused on the community around him: In 2016, he founded Old Stove Brewery, which is now the anchor tenant for the MarketFront at historic Pike Place Market. In his native Michigan, Moore is spearheading the restoration of Vicksburg’s historic paper mill. The Mill at Vicksburg not only remediates a brownfield site and preserves historical buildings, it also fosters job creation and long-term economic stimulation in Southwest Michigan.
At the June 14 event Moore thanked his parents for their love and support to help him get where he is. He also acknowledged that the award helps recognize a childhood dream of being an entrepreneur: “Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and I’ve been able to live my life that way. I’m very appreciative of this recognition of how my life has unfolded.”
As a Pacific Northwest award winner, Moore is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on Nov. 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Joining Moore as Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Award winners are Jordan Allen, CEO, Stay Alfred (Spokane, Washington); Madeline Haydon, CEO, nutpods (Bellevue, Washington); Alissa Leinonen, Founder and CEO, Gourmondo Co (Seattle, Washington); Karl Siebrecht, Co-founder and CEO, FLEXE, Inc. (Seattle, Washington); Rajeev Singh, CEO, Accolade, Inc. (Seattle, Washington); Kyle Stavig, CEO, Myers Container LLC (Portland, Oregon); and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO, DreamBox Learning, LLC (Bellevue, Washington).
About Concord Technologies
Concord Technologies helps organizations in health care and other highly-regulated industries automate their manual and document-intensive processes. Concord’s Cloud fax service is the dominant, cloud fax solution in health care in the U.S. and is responsible for the delivery of more than a billion health care documents each year. Concord is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and employs more than a 100 people in the USA and India. www.concord.net.
About The Mill at Vicksburg
The Mill at Vicksburg is a multimillion dollar endeavor to revitalize a former paper mill in Vicksburg, Michigan. The campus consists of multiple buildings comprising “the mill”, a creek and vacant land spread out over 100 acres around the building. The old mill building is being restored and re-purposed, while preserving the historic architectural character of the structure. Instead of making paper, its 420,000 square feet and grounds will become a mixed-use campus that will include meeting and convention space, multiple indoor and outdoor concert venues, an Old Stove Brewing taproom and brewery, residential and commercial space, outdoor recreation and agribusiness and a boutique hotel. www.vicksburgmill.com
About Old Stove Brewing Company
Old Stove Brewing is an award-winning taphouse and craft brewery and restaurant located in the historic Pike Place Market. Founded in 2016 by Chris Moore and Brian Stan, Old Stove Brewing is the winner of Seattle Magazine’s 2018 Best Brewery Taproom. The vision for Old Stove Brewing has always been to carry on the Market’s “Meet the Producer” tradition by producing amazing beer on-site to be enjoyed in a comfortable and enticing taproom. www.oldstove.com
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program 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 awards program 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. ey.com/eoy
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Chris Moore finalist video: https://vimeopro.com/eoy/2019-pnw-finalist-videos/video/341818919
Chris Moore acceptance speech video: https://vimeopro.com/eoy/2019-pnw-acceptance-speeches/video/342895653