7Summits CEO Paul Stillmank Wins 2019 BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award
Paul Stillmank, founder and CEO of 7Summits, the leader in community-driven digital transformation solutions, will receive a BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award from BizTimes Media. This award salutes southeastern Wisconsin business leaders for their bold leadership, business growth and innovation. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, May 30.
“I get to meet many of our amazing alumni in my role,” said Charles Ries, Senior Director for Principal Gifts and Innovation at Marquette University and nominator of Paul Stillmank to receive the Bravo! Entrepreneur Award.
“I found Paul’s intellectual range and mind speed remarkable. ‘Entrepreneurs’ are a unique, brilliant, and fearless breed of business people. To me, they are the artists of business. They can see over the horizon and create relevance before the broader market knows what’s needed. This is Paul; he is a visionary. When I meet someone exceptional, I want others to know them as well. This is why I nominated Paul for The 2019 Bravo! Entrepreneur Award,” continued Ries.
Here is a complete list of the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards recipients:
Paul Stillmank, 7Summits
Joe Fazio, Commerce State Bank
Madan Kandula, ADVENT
John Kissinger, GRAEF
Trueman McGee, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls
Stacy Peterson, Connoils
John Rinaldi, Real Time Automation
Richard Yau, Bright Cellars
Regional Spirit: Que and Khalif El-Amin, owners of Young Enterprising Society
Lifetime Achievement: Donald Baumgartner, the founder of Milwaukee-based Paper Machinery Corp.
“BizTimes Media would like to congratulate these company leaders on their success as they continue to innovate, grow and create jobs in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee.
7Summits’ CEO and founder Paul Stillmank officially received his BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award at a ceremony at Potawatomi Casino. BizTimes Milwaukee also published a profile written by Alex Zank on Paul’s journey to this distinction.
Excerpt from the piece:
“Paul Stillmank recognized early on that social media would change the way people work.
Founded in 2009, 7Summits joins together collaborative and digital interactions, essentially creating entire online communities for businesses. These communities provide clients with meaningful data to help them run things more smoothly and help them see things that were once invisible in siloed environments, scattered throughout various systems.
‘Our whole mission is we’re creating these online community experiences — and community is essential to that — that really transform the companies we work with,’ Stillmank said.
Before starting 7Summits, Stillmank spent 10 years in new product development before spending another decade in the consulting and agency world. After that, he worked for a couple years at ManpowerGroup. He then saw a report that prognosticated a $4 billion market for social media.
Looking beyond that emerging market, Stillmank thought about how a generation growing up with social media will want to work once they enter the workforce. He started thinking about interactions among customers, employees and others, and how these technological changes would alter them.
Stillmank has clear goals for 7Summits moving forward, and is working to shape the company in a way to meet them. For instance, he wants 7Summits to be the choice among Fortune 1000 companies for the type of service it provides. So Stillmank has instilled certain structures and processes in his firm to ensure it meets the standards these companies seek in such a firm.
‘We’re working to make sure we’re amplifying who we are in the market,’ he said.”
7Summits is the leader in community-driven digital transformation solutions that empower customers, enable partners, and unleash employees. Our proven approach combines strategic consulting, user-centered experience design, and deep technical expertise to improve clients’ business processes through collaboration and automation. Our Salesforce Lightning Accreditation recognizes our suite of solution accelerators, including Community Lightning Bolts and Lightning Components. These proprietary tools help customers implement high-quality solutions faster. 7Summits is a Salesforce Platinum-level Consulting Partner, a two-time recipient of Salesforce Venture funding, and is recognized by industry analysts and observers as a standout digital solutions provider.