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Digitaria CEO Daniel Khabie Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award Semi-Finalist in San Diego

Apr 3, 2011

Ernst & Young LLP today alerted Digitaria that the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Khabie is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award in the San Diego 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.  Khabie was selected as a semi-finalist from hundreds of nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 16 at the Hyatt La Jolla Aventine.

Digitaria is a digital design, strategy, technology and marketing company based in San Diego, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New York.  Khabie launched the firm as a digital creative boutique in 1997 with five employees.  Today, Digitaria is among the most highly regarded full-service digital agencies in the United States, with over 125 employees across a wide range of disciplines, and clients that include Qualcomm, NBC/Universal, Under Armour, Best Western, the NFL and several of its franchises.  In August, 2010, Digitaria was acquired by the world’s largest marketing holding company, WPP, and aligned with the world’s best known advertising agency brand, JWT (formerly J. Walter Thompson).

“I am honored to be considered for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award,” Khabie said. “I know it’s been a team effort that got the company here, and I share this nomination with our many great team members who work hard every day to keep Digitaria ahead of the zeitgeist and continually delivering great work.”

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.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 12, 2011.  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, and is held from November 9-13, 2011.

About Digitaria

Founded in 1997, Digitaria has remained a pioneer in digital marketing and technology, providing unique, innovative solutions to an array of clients around the world. With deep industry experience and capabilities, Digitaria has undergone exceptional growth to become one of the country’s leading full-service digital agencies. Clients include the National Football League, Best Western International, Baltimore Ravens, CBS Corporation, Comcast Corporation, FOX Corporation, Hasbro, Inc., NBC Universal, Qualcomm, Inc., International Speedway Corporation, WPT Enterprises, Inc., and many others. Digitaria is headquartered in San Diego with additional offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New York. The company’s website is In 2010, Digitaria was acquired by the marketing holding company WPP and aligned with JWT, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand. JWT is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. JWT’s parent company is WPP

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the U.S.