June 17, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Secure-24, a leading provider of managed enterprise hosting announced today that co-founder Matthias Horch has been named the winner in the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, Central Great Lakes Region in the Information Technology category.
Ernst & Young recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate great leadership in their communities. An independent panel of business leaders judged and selected Horch as both finalist and winner. Horch is now eligible for the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, to be announced in November.
“I’m honored to be selected for such a prestigious award. I’m thankful to all the people who supported me and Secure-24, including our families, employees, and customers,” said Matthias Horch, co-founder and CEO of Secure-24.
In 2000, Horch and Secure-24 co-founder Volker Straub launched the company with no external funding and nothing more than an idea.
“We saw a growing need in the mid-market for fully managed and customized application hosting solutions and our model has become widely accepted, “ said Volker Straub, co-founder of Secure-24.
Secure-24’s most recent investment is a new state-of-the-art Technology Resource Center, built as it entered into a unique private/public partnership with the government of Wayne County (Mich.). Completed in May 2009, this new data center will be able to support the needs of private sector clients and all 43 communities in Wayne County. This expansion is expected to create hundreds of high-tech jobs.
For two consecutive years, Inc. Magazine has recognized Secure-24 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., ranking #1 in IT services in Michigan and #13 nationwide.