COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Braxton Technologies, LLC, a command and control products and services company headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, today announced that CEO Frank Backes received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Services category in the Rocky Mountain Region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Frank Backes was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver on June 18, 2009.


Braxton Technologies has long recognized the power of entrepreneurism to shape the world. “From its beginning, Braxton has been the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit. The company was founded to help customers accomplish their missions better, faster, smarter,” Backes explains. “Braxton’s success is proof that commercial software can be relied on in critical mission systems, filling in gaps when programs suffer major schedule slips or competing outright against more risky and more complex custom system development.”

“Braxton people make the difference,” Backes continues. “Our focus on community growth, innovation and education has been key to building our staff of committed, caring and talented individuals who want to help us build relationships and who go the extra mile every time.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“We are proud to recognize the achievements of Frank Backes,” said Jim Wilson, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Rocky Mountain Region. “Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”

As a Rocky Mountain Region award winner, Frank Backes is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

In the Rocky Mountain Region, sponsors include Faegre & Benson, Clifton Gunderson LLP, LeGrand Hart and The Denver Business Journal.

About Braxton Technologies

Braxton Technologies, LLC, provides products and professional services for government and commercial applications. Global Positioning System (GPS) launch, early-orbit and disposal command and control functions are currently performed by Braxton’s ACE Premier™ product suite. ACE Premier™ includes configurable applications, tools, and simulators that dramatically reduce cost and accelerate deployment of command and control systems. Braxton is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

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