Abrigo CEO Wayne Roberts Named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Central Texas Award Winner

Austin, Texas - August 4, 2021 – Abrigo CEO Wayne Roberts was named an Entrepreneur Of the Year® 2021 Central Texas award winner by Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) this afternoon. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation, and future plans. Roberts was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on August 4, 2021.  

“This is a great recognition for Abrigo and I am proud of the company we are building. The leader sometimes gets too much credit, but it isn’t false humility for me to point the spotlight squarely on our team,” Roberts said. “We have exceptional leaders, amazing Penguins, and a wonderful relationship with Accel-KKR that all helped us get to this point. At Abrigo, we are getting results through people, not in spite of them. This award is validating for the power of a great culture and the path we are on as we build an enduringly great company. I am personally humbled and grateful, but also know we aren’t done yet. We will enjoy the moment and then continue building something special together.”

Abrigo is a leading technology provider of compliance, risk, and lending solutions for community financial institutions with offices in Austin and Raleigh, NC. Abrigo’s software solutions help its customers to comply with ever-changing regulatory compliance requirements, process loans faster and more efficiently, and leverage data to provide insights to their customers to help them manage risk and drive growth. Abrigo recently received a strategic growth investment from The Carlyle Group, joining previous investor Accel-KKR as co-majority stakeholders. 

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For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Roberts will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As a Central Texas award winner, Roberts is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • Saeju Jeong of Noom
  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Daymond John of Fubu 

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Sponsors 
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In Central Texas, sponsors also include Broadway Bank, Colliers International, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Bridgepoint Consulting, Donnelly Financial Solutions and Watkins Insurance Group.

About Abrigo 
Abrigo enables U.S. financial institutions to support their communities through technology that fights financial crime, grows loans and deposits, and optimizes risk. Abrigo’s platform centralizes the institution’s data, creates a digital user experience, ensures compliance, and delivers efficiency for scale and profitable growth. Make Big Things Happen.  Get started at abrigo.com

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®  
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy 

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About EY 
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