We've always been proud of our growth as a company as well as individuals, and now it has garnered national recognition. Our efforts in building a business while building the communities in which we reside (currently Mesa, AZ and Memphis, TN) have landed us on the Top 100 Fastest-Growing Urban Businesses list featured in Fortune Magazine.
ER2 CEO Chris Ko and Partner Rick Krug (shown center R-L) were honored during The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) awards held in Boston, MA October 1- 2. ER2 is ranked 26th based on its growth rate of 333.36 percent from 2013 to 2017, with a 2017 revenue of $9.3 million. We began humbly in 2011, and attribute our growth to our approximately 70 workers among our AZ and TN locations.
Our two organizations see things eye-to-eye. ICIC’s program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. ER2’s culture of continuous improvement, servanthood and humility has fostered a positive employee experience, and also created partnerships to help school districts in lower income areas bridge the technology gap by providing low-cost computers and devices to keep students competitive with their peers. We simply see it as our obligation to positively impact our communities.
To our surprise and absolute honor, ER2 was singled out as the 2018 recipient of the Chevron Dorothy A. Terrell Community Impact Award. The award is given to a company for its impact on the community, its record of providing quality jobs and dynamic civic engagement over the years. ER2’s Memphis facility was highlighted, demonstrating its commitment to promoting a positive work culture that invests in the personal and professional development of all its employees. The company believes such an investment then has a positive ripple effect throughout the communities that their employees live in.
“We strive to restore and bring back to life the products, the community and the people that come to work for us,” said Ko. “It’s an honor to be recognized among our peers, but to also receive recognition for our efforts to change the communities in which we live, work and serve is truly a blessing.”
We don't plan on resting on our laurels, though. It just goes against our philosophy of continuous improvement. Instead we will measure our success going forward by how much more we can do to make our company, employees, our environment, and our communities better.