PALM DESERT, Calif. – The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort served as the backdrop for the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year U.S. Awards Gala, so we all hoped that this JW venue would be a good sign for POWERHOME’s JW, Jayson Waller, a Southeast Award winner in the Emerging Services category.
As it turns out, it wasn’t meant to be. Among the approximately 250 entrepreneurs who had won EY regional competitions to get the chance to be honored in southern California, only 11 were chosen as U.S. Entrepreneurs of the Year, and POWERHOME’s CEO did not make that esteemed list.
While the outcome was a disappointment for all associated with POWERHOME, there’s no disputing the facts of what Waller has meant for the business. After beginning operations in 2015, Waller has overseen growth that saw the company eclipse $100 million in revenue for the first time in 2018. The road to success was not always seamless, especially in the company’s first 12-18 months of operation. But the best entrepreneurs are often visionaries, as they see opportunity when others see roadblocks. Waller’s ability to visualize success, combined with a relentless work ethic and team-building skills, served to propel the business into that that nine-digit revenue mark.
“I don’t like to lose but there are no losers here,” Waller said. “Only great entrepreneurs and dreamers. I’m proud of POWERHOME and our team and what we have already accomplished. Winning a national award or not winning has zero to do with what’s next. For our brand and future at POWERHOME, I’ve never been more excited about what’s next. Watch out for POWERHOME in 2020. Big things!”
That exciting road map in 2020 comes as a spectacular 2019 comes to a close. POWERHOME opened three new markets in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois in 2019, bringing the number of states it serves to nine. The company has eclipsed 700 employees, and is intent on building the company even further.
“With that room of company, seeing the entrepreneurs and the companies they represent, I think Jayson is more than honored to be part of a group like that,” POWERHOME COO Kevin Klink said. “Some of the top companies in the country, up and coming, various sizes, all doing incredible things, including POWERHOME.”
EY delivers incredible Entrepreneur of the Year experience
Ernst & Young delivered a first-class event that stretched from Wednesday-Saturday. The keynote speakers list included Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, actress Nicole Kidman, U.S. Women’s National Team soccer stars Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn and more. Breakout sessions centered around topics critical to building healthy company growth. The entertainment was also top shelf, as Lenny Kravitz treated this EY audience to a 75-minute concert, and the awards gala itself was hosted by late-night talk show host Seth Meyers.
“They did a great job,” POWERHOME president Steve Murphy said. “They didn’t spare any expense making everybody there not only feel like they were special, but a program that was special with an incredible amount of sidebar opportunities and educational opportunities. If you had something you wanted to learn about, it was there for the taking.”
As 2019 comes to a close, 2020 is there for the taking for POWERHOME. Waller has already won in helping to build something great. The fun part comes with the remainder of the story yet unwritten.
Congrats Jayson, and buckle up, Team POWERHOME!