Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in government services category

Reston, VA June 27, 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP announced that Tom Deierlein, CEO of ThunderCat Technology, a service-disabled veteran owned small business that delivers technology solutions to the federal government, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the government services category in Greater Washington. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Tom Deierlein was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 21, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Tom Deierlein commented on the award, “This really is a unique and wonderful program that recognizes entrepreneurs’ hard work, sacrifices, and risk taking. I am truly humbled to be selected by Greater Washington E&Y team, sponsors, and judges to represent the region in the nationals.

I am proud of the accomplishments of the ThunderCat team. This is truly their award. Our business model is simple – we find and recruit the smartest, most talented, and hardest working people and then get out of their way. We will all cherish this award that helps recognize and validate their commitment, efforts and achievements over the past 4 years in building a truly world class organization. In the Federal IT space there are many that are bigger, but none is better than the ThunderCat crew.”

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

As a Greater Washington award winner, Tom Deierlein is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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 nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Washington, sponsors include Pillsbury, PNC, Reznick Group, The Washington Business Journal, Cassidy Turley, Lockton and SolomonEdwards.

About ThunderCat Technology

Recently named to Forbes’ America’s Most Promising Companies list and currently ranked #125 on the Solution Provider 500, the award winning ThunderCat Technology is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers technology services and solutions to the federal government and fortune 500 companies. Specifically, ThunderCat is a systems integrator that brings an innovative approach to solving customer problems in and around the datacenter by providing strategies for Data Storage, Networking, and Applications. ThunderCat represents, distributes, integrates, and provides technologies from best of breed manufacturers. Clients include DHS, USACE, HHS, DLA, DFAS, NIH, Navy, Army, VA, and TSA.

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