Guagenti Named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award Finalist

Posted on May 17, 2018

Oak Brook, IL  – Mike Guagenti, Chief Executive Officer of LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions, has been named a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Midwest.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Guagenti was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on June 13 at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.

“It’s an honor to be named a finalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Midwest program,” said Guagenti, who was elevated to his current role in April 2017 after serving as the company’s President and CFO. “It’s a testament to our own workforce and the success we’ve been fortunate to enjoy as we grow and evolve.”

As the world’s leading aviation workforce solution, LAUNCH provides mechanics, technicians, engineers, machinists and other skilled workers access to lucrative jobs by carefully matching the best candidates with the industry’s leading airlines, MROs, OEMs and service centers. Earlier this year, in an effort to further expand its capabilities and talent pool, the company acquired PlaneTechs and TransTechs from TrueBlue, Inc. LAUNCH also received a significant strategic investment from Argentum, a growth equity firm that partners with entrepreneurial owners to build industry-leading B2B services companies.

Now in its 32nd year, EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


LAUNCH connects over 6,000 aviation professionals with employment every year in more than 200 locations worldwide. In addition to providing mechanics, technicians, engineers, machinists and other skilled workers to leading airlines, MROs, OEMs and service centers, LAUNCH provides Avionics, Structures, Professionals and AOG teams for project-based solutions worldwide. Guided by a leadership team with extensive experience in aviation and technical staffing, LAUNCH is committed to providing solutions that are innovative, customer-driven and technologically advanced.

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