SEATTLE,WA–Shehryar Khan, CEO of leading mobile and emergent technologies agency Ãœbermind (www.ubermind.com), was named as one of the â€œ40 Under 40â€ by the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ), an honor that the publication hails as one of its most prestigious annual awards.
Khan was selected from a pool of 201 qualified applicants — one of the most competitive years yet for the award — for his leadership and contributions not just to his company, but also his industry and community.
While Khanâ€™s been at the helm, Ãœbermind has seen year-over-year growth of more than 70 percent, one hundred percent staff growth from 2010 to 2011, and the addition of powerhouse clients like Apple, Target, REI, and Alaska Airlines. The company also provides the local community with time and financial resources for nonprofits, as well as employee-matched charitable donations and pro bono projects.
â€œI put my heart into my work,â€ says Khan, â€œand Iâ€™m delighted to be recognized by the PSBJ and share the recognition with the immensely talented team of employees that comprise Ãœbermind. Iâ€™m grateful to be part of such a dynamic team and to live in such a culturally and professionally progressive city like Seattle. I feel truly blessed, and sincerely thank the Puget Sound Business Journal for the honor.â€
To be selected, says PSBJ assistant managing editor Becky Monk, applicants first had to be nominated by one of their peers and then articulate their business and community leadership accomplishments in an essay-form application. Submissions were read, scored, and deliberated on by eight judges — men and women from all walks of the business community — for more than half a day to ensure that the most deserving candidates were selected.
The 2011 honorees will be feted at a special VIP reception on September 14 at Showbox SoDo. Ãœbermind employees are thrilled for Khanâ€™s recognition and highlight his ability to not only develop sound, long-term strategies that drive the business forward but also to inspire all levels of employees with his motivational and â€œteam firstâ€ management style. As Khan says, the function of a good CEO is to â€œinspire people around you to do their best work, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and create an environment in which they can excel.â€