A vision renewedAKQA weathered the storm and is now enjoying great financial strength. With its ability to provide both advertising and technology expertise, clients are offered website development, e-commerce, social media, mobile app development, search engine marketing, data analytics and digital product design services. Further proof of AKQA's success is its recent acquisition by WPP. AKQA continues to operate as an independent brand within WPP. Bedecarre credits his team's technical acumen for the credibility AKQA has earned from the technology, IT, CIO and CTO organizations within their clients' operations. And, his team's creativity is an important factor in the relationships formed with marketing teams. He is also unwavering in his belief in innovation and technology and believes in being shamelessly optimistic and positive about customers and the future in order to thrive in the advertising marketing space. Today, Bedecarre says he is excited to see the vision put down on paper 13 years ago become reality, but he continues to look forward. National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Media, Entertainment and Communications finalistsIn addition to Bedecarre, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Media, Entertainment and Communications finalists in the US were: David Morken, CEO and Co-founder, Bandwidth, based in Raleigh, N.C.; Donald S. Freeman, Jr., Chairman, Joseph V. Popolo, Jr., CEO, and Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair, Freeman, based in Dallas, Texas; and Daniel Caruso, President and CEO, Zayo Group, based in Boulder, Colo. National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Overall Award winner Hamid Moghadam of Prologis was named the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Overall Award winner. Video and photos To view photos of all of the Entrepreneur Of The Year winners, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/ SponsorsFounded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique 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, 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 150 cities in over 60 countries.