Scottsdale, AZ – The W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University’s Spirit of Enterprise Center named Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) as its winner of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award. A cornerstone of the award was recognition of ATS’ ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. The selection was announced during an awards luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore on September 25.
ATS provides red-light and speed camera enforcement programs to more than 125 communities in the United States and Canada including New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Houston and Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company is also a leading provider of technology and business solutions for electronic toll collection programs worldwide.
“ATS is proud to have received several awards recently, which relate to our growth. But, receiving this prestigious award is even more special because it is based onbusiness ethics and excellence. This validates that our core values are demonstrated in our actions as well as our words,” said James Tuton, President and CEO of American Traffic Solutions. “Our experiment in Paradise Valley with the first photo-enforcement program in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago not only enabled us to build and grow a successful business but it also burgeoned into an entirely new industry. Today, more than 300 communities in 25 states benefit from photo-enforcement programs. This award recognizes our tenacity, integrity and dedication to our common goal of creating a great place to work that saves lives by improving safety on our roadways.”
In his acceptance speech, Tuton focused on his employees, saying:
“Technology doesn’t create itself, innovation doesn’t happen by itself and successful businesses don’t run themselves. People do it and they make it happen. Great people build great companies. And we are privileged to have great people, these and more than 425 others across the country.
“I am reminded every day how lucky I am to work with talented, dedicated entrepreneurial people who have a shared mission to build and operate an enduringly successful business with products and services that improve mobility, save lives and reduce preventable injuries and fatalities on our nation’s roadways. It’s been a long and winding road, but a most worthwhile journey.”
More than 250 companies were nominated for the award, with that list narrowed down to 51 companies that completed a rigorous application process. From there, 16 participants completed an interview process to determine the 10 finalists. Of the 10 finalists feted at the awards luncheon, five walked away as award winners. According to the awards program:
“This year’s class showed that what begins with a solitary idea, from one individual, can become a large, living, breathing entity that has the capacity to drive economic growth for the region, create outstanding opportunities for employees, value for shareholders, and the capacity to enrich the community in so many ways.”
More information on the awards and the ASU Spirit of Enterprise Center can be found at www.spiritofenterprise.org.
ATS has hired more than 100 employees in the last year alone and now employs around 425 talented, hardworking individuals—nearly 260 of which are based in Arizona. In addition to red-light and speed cameras, ATS’ PlatePass® Toll Payment Services enables Avis®, Budget®, Hertz® and Advantage® rental car customers to use high-speed cashless express toll lanes with fees billed automatically to the drivers’ credit cards, eliminating the need to stop at cash toll booths. Other awards the company has won so far in 2008 include an Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) award as the 12th fastest growing private company in Arizona and being named one of BizAZ’s Top 10 Growth Companies in Arizona.