SALT LAKE CITY (October 11, 2012) – Amy Rees Anderson, managing partner and founder of mentor capital and angel investment firm REES Capital, has been named the 2012 Brigham Young University Entrepreneur of the Year by the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Anderson is the first woman to receive this honor, which recognizes an individual’s business acumen and accomplishments and is selected by the Rollins Center Founders Board before being approved by the Marriott School of Management. The award was given on Oct. 4, 2012 at the BYU Founders Banquet during the university’s Entrepreneurship Week.
“Amy personifies our aim to recognize successful entrepreneurs who demonstrate exceptional leadership and high moral and ethical standards,” said Scott R. Petersen, managing director of the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. “But Amy is much more than a talented entrepreneur and business leader; she is also devoted to her family and strives to find balance in all areas of her life. These qualities make her an excellent role model for students and individuals seeking their own paths to success — just the kind of values we are striving to promote at the Rollins Center at BYU.”
Earlier this month, Anderson launched REES Capital to provide entrepreneurs and business executives critical guidance and support to help their companies grow. In addition to seeking out opportunities for potential equity investments, REES Capital provides expert mentoring and consulting services across a broad range of business functions, including leadership training; product and market assessment; marketing, sales and public relations strategy; financial modeling; organizational structuring; strategic planning; acquisition and exit strategy; and other key areas.
For nearly nine years, Anderson led all aspects of MediConnect Global, a worldwide leader in medical record retrieval, digitization and management, and one of the largest cloud-based health information exchanges. Under her direction, the company grew to more than 1,000 employees worldwide and achieved 1,500 percent growth since 2004. In March 2012, Verisk Analytics acquired MediConnect for more than $377 million.
“Receiving this amazing recognition from BYU was an unexpected and humbling surprise,” said Anderson. “I have a deep appreciation for the emphasis BYU puts on cultivating young entrepreneurs and giving them the tools they need to succeed, while emphasizing the importance of integrity and strong values. There is a remarkable spirit of optimism and drive that surrounds young entrepreneurs, and I hope that providing mentoring services through REES Capital and by sharing some of the experiences I have had over the years I will be able to help them transform that spirit into successful business ventures.”
REES (Recognizing & Empowering Entrepreneurial Success) Capital is an angel investment and mentor capital firm that works in close collaboration with entrepreneurs and their investors and board members to drive company growth and maximize equity value through strategic direction and influence. For more information, visit www.reescapital.com, or follow Amy Rees Anderson on Twitter @amyreesanderson.