Clearwater, FL – June 14, 2019 – Digital Media Solutions (DMS) Co-Founder and CEO Joe Marinucci was named Ernst & Young’s 2019 Entrepreneur Of The Year® Florida during their special gala event, June 13 at the Hilton Orlando. Marinucci was recognized alongside other successful business leaders and ultimately selected by a panel of independent judges. Now in its 33rd year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation and financial performance and demonstrating personal commitment to the success of their businesses and improvement of local communities.
“This is an incredible award for Joe to receive, and I know I speak for all of DMS when I say we are so proud of him,” said Fernando Borghese, Co-Founder and COO of DMS. “Joe stops at nothing to achieve his goals and has always been driven by teamwork and his desire to push the team to the next level. I look forward to watching DMS continue to win under his leadership.”
As Co-Founder and CEO, Marinucci is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of DMS, ensuring that the firm’s set of proprietary assets and capabilities allow clients to meticulously target and acquire the right customers within highly competitive industries.
“I’m honored to work alongside an innovator and leader like Joe,” said Luis Ruelas, Co-Founder and EVP of Business Development at DMS. “Joe has consistently lead us on the path to victory, and it’s clear the sky is the limit for Team DMS.”
Under Marinucci’s leadership, DMS has evolved into an award-winning, digital performance marketing company demonstrating incredible year-over-year growth, which has earned continuous recognition on the Inc. 5000 list and the Entrepreneur magazine “360 Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” list. A recipient of the Excellence in Lead Generation Award by the LeadsCouncil and named one of America’s “Best Places to Work” by Inc. magazine, DMS brings together some of the industry’s most knowledgeable people, efficient processes and sophisticated technology across the digital marketing spectrum.
“As CEO, Joe has really accomplished something remarkable at DMS,” said Matt Goodman, Co-Founder and CIO of DMS. “He’s a fearless leader and seeing him be recognized with this award will give everyone on our team that added push to work harder and set our goals higher.”
Marinucci currently serves as a Board Member of LeadsCouncil where he advises member companies in the online lead generation space to promote best practices across all industries. Being a true believer that success can only be measured by the degree of balance one achieves in their life, Marinucci expends energy outside of work in a very positive fashion: He is a proud father of two beautiful children. Marinucci has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable programs through athletic endeavors and is an avid triathlete having completed four Ironman distance events. He represented the USA as an amateur athlete at the 2009 ITU World Triathlon Championships. In June of 2016, Marinucci co-captained Team DMS with Borghese to overall victory in Race Across America (RAAM). Marinucci has served those communities in which he has lived as a volunteer firefighter and part-time law enforcement officer.