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CEO Joe Barbat Elected to Crains 40 under 40

January 6th, 2011 Comments off

Crain's Detroit 40 Under 40Wireless Toyz CEO Joe Barbat in “40 Under 40” Club

Crain’s Detroit selects only the top business professionals to be a part of their annual 40 Under 40 list.  Wireless Toyz CEO Joe Barbat has had the opportunity to be selected by Crain’s for membership and attributes the recognition to the outstanding performance of the employees and franchisees at Wireless Toyz.

“Without the full involvement of the employees, franchisees, and supporting staff on our team this would not have been possible.  I truly appreciate their commitment and am excited to help make their futures a complete success,” said Barbat.

How 40 Under 40 Membership Is Selected

On a yearly basis, Crain’s Detroit identifies men and women in the business and nonprofit community who have achieved solid business success before the age of 40.  Some members have started successful companies, others have found success at established businesses or have taken nonprofits and made them stronger.

Several hundred people are nominated for membership in the “40 Under 40” each year.  However, the selection process for achieving membership involves the investigation and review of extensive information about the careers and community activities of each nominee by a select panel of judges with professional achievement being the most important qualification.

Humble Beginnings

Beginning with a single kiosk located in his father’s video store, Joe Barbat Joe Barbat Wireless Toyzcreated a multi-million dollar company with 189 retail locations in 23 states that initiated the retail concept of offering wireless communications from multiple carriers at a single location.

What Others Have To Say About Joe Barbat

“Being a guy, Jay was into electronics. And I’d had some experience in sales, with print ads and mortgages. So when we discovered Wireless Toyz, it was the perfect fit. We both loved the idea of one-stop shopping for all your wireless needs, and the supreme dedication to customer service. Even better than that, though, was that we had a tremendous supposrt system while being given the sort of liberty that other franchises don’t always have.”

- Jay and Laura Young, Peachtree City, GA

Joe Barbat Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

December 27th, 2010 Comments off
Joe Barbat

Joe Barbat

Wireless Toyz CEO Joe Barbat received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2007 after being nominated for the award by his peers in the business community.

After undergoing a review by an executive panel of regional and national judges that included fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders Joe Barbat was selected as the recipient of the award.

In the more than 20 years that the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards have honored entrepreneurial excellence in business, they have recognized more than 7,000 outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses.

“I feel truly blessed to have such an opportunity to represent Wireless Toyz and our entire team that works so hard each and every day.  Without them and our customers this would not have been possible”, said the Wireless Toyz CEO.

As the recipient of The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, Joe Barbat has also received an induction into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame which is an elite corps of men and women who have been recognized for their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements.

When asked about his future plans, Joe Barbat had this to say, “We are working hard to maintain a strong presence in the cellular market and I intend on having our entire leadership team at Wireless Toyz attend the 2011CES in Las Vegas, NV.”

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

For more information regarding the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, please visit their website or you can also view a sample hall of fame member profile by visiting: ERNST & YOUNG – JOE BARBAT HALL OF FAME MEMBER PROFILE.