The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Ottawa Business Journal announced today that David Ross, CEO of Ross Video is the recipient of the 2016 CEO of the Year Award, an honour bestowed upon an outstanding corporate leader in our community.
“We are thrilled to recognize and honour David for his vision, passion and leadership” said Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. “Under his leadership Ross Video has elevated to new heights not only expanding across the globe, but also revolutionizing the industry with new inventions & innovations. He’s a true global ambassador for Ottawa.”
Ross Video, designs and manufactures equipment for live events and video productions, plays a central role in the production of some of the most-watched live broadcasts on the planet such as the Super Bowl and has even won an Emmy.
Mr. Ross started to dabble in programming in the early days of personal computers in 1975 at the age of nine. While in high school, he won three national engineering competitions involving real-time programming and computer graphics.
He worked at Ross Video during university while completing his computer engineering degree and eventually joined the firm full-time in 1991. He was named as the Chief Executive in 2006.
Staying current with the rapidly evolving television and broadcast industry has been one of the keys to the company’s success. Under his leadership Ross Video has grown to over 640 employees, maintains an average growth rate of 18 per cent, and its revenues are fast approaching the $200-million mark.
“It’s not easy in technology to have a company survive as an independent business for 42 years,” said Mr. Ross. “The accomplishments of Ross Video wouldn’t have happened without a fantastic senior management team over many years, the entire management team that kept the wheels on as we continually evolved and grew, and employees getting the work done and continually going above and beyond.”
“Ross Video is one of those remarkably successful companies in Ottawa that somehow are not a household name in the business community,” Ottawa Business Journal publisher Michael Curran said. “Believe me, they should be. And this award should help to bring them even more into the spotlight.”
Outside the office, Ross Video supports several charities and food banks, including raising more than $100,000 for the United Way. The company also supports science fairs, robotics competitions and other educational initiatives.
Mr. Ross sits on the board of Invest Ottawa, where he helps to promote the nation’s capital as a business destination.
The CEO of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Ross at the Best Ottawa Business Awards (The BOBs) Gala on November 10, 2016 at the Westin Ottawa. The BOBs are presented in partnership with the Ottawa Business Journal.
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