SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Bedecarre, Founder and Chairman of AKQA, has been named the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013 Media, Entertainment and Communications Award winner. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they create and build world-class businesses. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130701/NY40565LOGO-b ) Bedecarre was recognized for bringing the skills of both an ad agency and technology web development together to create something new almost 13 years ago and being a pioneer in a now thriving industry. He was honored at the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala, the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum® in Palm Springs, Calif. The Forum is the nation's premier gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. Awards were given in 10 additional categories. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and from more than 250 regional award recipients. "We are pleased to honor Tom Bedecarre with this esteemed award and bring recognition to his early vision that media and communications would shift to digital driving content the way it does today," said Bryan Pearce, EY Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year. "It's this ability to see around corners and continue to innovate that truly distinguishes successful entrepreneurs from the crowd." Early signs of an entrepreneur Early signs of entrepreneurial character were evident when Bedecarre began one of his first jobs, delivering newspapers. During his first week, the paper announced its annual customer service awards to be given to the best carriers. Although new to the job, he went to each customer on his route, introduced himself and told each of them he wanted to become the best carrier and would appreciate it if they would vote for him.