Ernst & Young Names WxWorx Founder Bob Baron 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for Southeast Region
August 27, 2008

Robert “Bob” O. Baron, CEO and president of WxWorx, a member of the Baron group of companies, was honored with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the technology category for the Southeast Region. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award banquet was held on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Honoring the most outstanding entrepreneur of a technology-based company in the states of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, the award recognizes vision, determination and leadership. The company was one of 85 companies nominated and there were a total of 23 companies in 7 categories recognized as finalists.


“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the more than 100 hard-working employees spread across the Baron group of companies,” said Bob Baron. “This award is a reflection of the technical innovation being developed in North Alabama, especially in Cummings Research Park. It was a huge honor just to be nominated for this award, and Ernst & Young should be commended for putting this celebration together to honor visionary entrepreneurs across the country.”

The award recognizes men and women who excel at growing and sustaining market-leading businesses. Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program takes place in 135 cities across 50 countries. Every year, the annual awards celebrate the achievements of business leaders around the world.

One of the Baron group of companies, WxWorx, Inc. is an innovative weather company that provides site-specific, high-resolution weather information for the award-winning XM WX Satellite Weather service. Partnered with XM Radio, the company generates powerful onboard weather solutions for the aviation and maritime industries.

Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, five specialized companies—Baron Services, Baron Mobile, WxWorx, Baron Radar and BAMS make up the group. The Baron group of companies offers a comprehensive suite of weather detection technologies to a variety of markets including the broadcast, aviation, marine, emergency management and government industries. Last October, WxWorx sister company, Baron Services, was part of a team that won a 5-year, $43 million contract from the National Weather Service to provide the design, development and production services for a comprehensive upgrade of the NWS, FAA and DOD’s 171 NEXRAD radars to dual-polarization capability.

Bob Baron is now eligible for competition in the Ernst & Young National Awards Program, hosted by Jay Leno, and the World Entrepreneur of the Year programs sponsored by Ernst & Young. The National Awards will be presented during the national conference held November 12-16, 2008, during Ernst & Young’s second annual Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, California.

About WxWorx

WxWorx is the exclusive weather data provider for award-winning XM WX Satellite Weather, a trusted information source for professional pilots and mariners. Founded by Meteorologists in 2002, the company supplies both hardware and software solutions for onboard weather to the aviation, marine, and emergency management industries. An affiliate of weather analysis and technology pioneer Baron Services, WxWorx employs many of the same patented capabilities used in the broadcast television industry for severe weather tracking and forecasting. With offices in Huntsville, Ala., and Melbourne, Fla., WxWorx continues to lead the satellite delivered weather revolution.