Thesis CEO Named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021

August 5, 2021


For Immediate Release:

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) recently announced that Ryan Buchanan, CEO of Thesis, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific Northwest Region Award winner. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in areas of talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Buchanan was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on Wednesday, August 4.

This recognition honors Buchanan’s commitment to inclusion, equity, and sustainability in the workforce, also demonstrated by his role as co-founder of nonprofits Emerging Leaders and SINE, and Thesis’s recent achievement in earning B Corp Certification. Buchanan was selected by a panel of independent judges composed of previous award winners.

“The amazing stories and accomplishments of this group of entrepreneurs are incredibly inspiring,” said Buchanan. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be recognized by a program with such a distinguished legacy, and I look forward to being a part of this esteemed and international community.”

For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage, and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries, and made a positive impact on their communities. Buchanan will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight, and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in more than 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As a Pacific Northwest Region award winner, Buchanan is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Chad Robins and Harlan Robins, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Daymond John of FUBU
  • Brian Mariotti, Funko
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Ally and Scott Svenson, MOD Pizza
  • Saeju Jeong of Noom
  • Madeline Haydon, nutpods
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In the Pacific Northwest Region, sponsors also include PNC Bank.

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About Thesis

Founded in 2002, Thesis, formerly eROI, is an award-winning, full-service digital agency specializing in email marketing, strategy, web design, development, and social media. Thesis offers account planning, performance management, relationship management, and brand, campaign, content, social, and digital-channel strategy to help partners connect with audiences in meaningful ways. Thesis was named among the Portland Business Journal’s Most Admired Companies in 2019 and named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon. For more information, please visit

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