Chatham Financial CEO Michael Bontrager Wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award for Greater Philadelphia Region

June 16, 2015 (Kennett Square, PA, USA) – Michael Bontrager, Chairman & CEO of Chatham Financial, was recently honored by Ernst & Young (EY) as a recipient of its Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Greater Philadelphia region. Mr. Bontrager won the award for the Services category, which features companies that provide a wide variety of value added services to their clients.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Bontrager was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel on June 11.

Chatham Financial delivers advisory and technology solutions to over 1,600 companies for their financial risk management activities related to interest rate, foreign currency, and commodity exposure. The company executes almost $4 billion notional deal value on a daily basis, delivers complex valuation and hedge accounting solutions to nearly 500 companies, and advises hundreds of companies and government regulators on regarding the use of complex derivatives. Chatham’s full breadth and depth of service offerings are underpinned by their proprietary, best-in-class technology and provided to clients via a transparent, high-touch model.

Mr. Bontrager founded Chatham Financial in 1991 out of the garage of his home in Chatham, Pennsylvania. Since that time, he has tirelessly worked to shape the firm into a global company with nearly 350 employees and operations in Denver, London, Singapore, Melbourne, and Krakow, and maintains its operations in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (30 miles southwest of Philadelphia).

“Receiving this award is a great honor, and it is a testament to the entire Chatham team’s hard work, creativity, and ceaseless focus on client service and innovation,” said Bontrager. “I am extremely proud of the group we have assembled here at Chatham and the excellent, valuable, work we do for our clients, advising them on their most complex financial risk management challenges so that they can focus on running their businesses.”

Amid continuous, dramatic growth across offerings and geographies over two-plus decades, Mr. Bontrager has kept the core values of Chatham Financial’s team oriented culture intact and the firm has remained entirely employee owned. In addition to leading his company to growth across four continents, Mr. Bontrager has continued to dedicate the resources of his company to local non-profits and community works, including Together for Education, The Garage & Community Center Youth Center, and Pathstone Head Start Program.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years,” said Mike Nichols, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for Greater Philadelphia. “These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities”

Mr. Bontrager added, “Here at Chatham we pride ourselves on our culture and adding value for both our clients and our community and we welcome this award as recognition of those efforts. We look forward to continuing our growth while remaining committed to our guiding principles and values.”

As a Greater Philadelphia award winner, Mr. Bontrager is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Greater Philadelphia, sponsors also include Ballard Spahr LLP, Merrill Corporation, MFP Strategies, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Murray, Devine & Company, Inc., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia Business Journal, PNC Bank, Scherzer International, SolomonEdwardsGroup LLC and The Simkiss Companies.


About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.


About Chatham Financial

Chatham Financial is a full-service financial risk management advisory services and technology solutions firm, serving clients in the areas of interest rate, foreign currency and commodity hedging, hedge accounting, regulatory compliance, and debt and derivatives valuations. Founded in 1991, Chatham serves over 1,600 companies annually, bringing deep derivatives expertise, services and technology solutions to our clients through a global team of risk management professionals, CPAs, analysts and technology developers.


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