Underground Elephant, the nation’s premier direct response Internet marketing company, is proud to announce that the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) honored Jason Kulpa as the Most Admired CEO in the category of privately-held, medium-size company. This marks Jason’s second win, and fifth finalist nomination, for the distinguished award as Underground Elephant’s founder and CEO. To read the full article, click here.
This year the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) received a record number of entries for the program, with 131 finalists vying for an award on January 28, 2015. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, ranking nominations based on CEOs’ contributions to their companies and the community, with an emphasis on innovation, leadership, and financial growth. As the CEO of Underground Elephant, Jason was exemplary on all fronts in 2014.
SDBJ highlighted Underground Elephant’s financial achievements under Jason’s leadership, including the company’s three consecutive appearances on the Fastest Growing Private Companies list, a 1,275% five-year growth rate, as well as ranking as the largest advertising agency—and 34th largest privately-held company—in San Diego. On the national stage, Inc. 5000 is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Underground Elephant ranked #695 on the Inc. 5000 list—and #13 in San Diego—with a three-year growth rate of 659%.
Underground Elephant’s rapid growth is being bolstered by the continued diversification of products and services, including the national rollout of an innovative lead marketplace. Such financial growth and diversification has driven substantial job creation as well. Jason expanded the Underground Elephant team from 20 employees in 2009, to 60 in 2011, and now to 100 in 2015.
Although Jason and Underground Elephant are honored by the San Diego Business Journal’s recognition, this award is also a signal of support for Downtown San Diego’s emerging innovation ecosystem, especially its Internet technology companies.
“In recent years, I’ve noticed marked growth within the Downtown San Diego business community—and it’s a trend that is quickly gaining momentum,” said Jason Kulpa. “A lot of great companies and fantastic CEOs were nominated for this award. To me, this is actually more of a win for my employees as well as for the Downtown San Diego business community.”