Eagle Eye Networks’ Dean Drako wins Ernst & Young 2024 Entrepreneur Of The Year Gulf South award

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Eagle Eye Networks has announced that Dean Drako, Eagle Eye Networks Founder and CEO, has won the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 Gulf South Award.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year award is seen as one of the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

Under Drako’s leadership, Eagle Eye Networks has achieved significant growth and helped businesses worldwide enhance security and operational efficiency through cloud, advanced AI and analytics to make the world a safer place.

Eagle Eye Networks has made notable advancements in AI technology, including its award-winning, AI-powered Smart Video Search and License Plate Recognition, and its newly launched  911 camera sharing, which has already won two awards recognising its positive impact on public safety and emergency response. 

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honour and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Eagle Eye Networks team,” said Dean Drako, Founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “We remain committed to pushing the boundaries of the cloud video surveillance industry with our AI features, delivering exceptional value to our customers, and positively impacting the world.”

Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012. He is also Chairman of cloud access control leader Brivo, and Chairman of enterprise security automation leader Cobalt AI.

Previously, Drako was founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, where he created the IT security industry’s first spam filter appliance, growing the company from its inception in 2003 through 2012 to more than 140 products and 150,000 customers.

An independent judging panel of previous award winners, leading CEOs and other business leaders selected Drako. Candidates were evaluated based on their ability to create long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to their purpose and the demonstration of growth and substantial impact, among other key indicators.

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