Counselor magazine recognized Jason Lucash and Mike Szymczak with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 2017 Counselor Awards during the ASI Show® Chicago. The award ceremony took place at Morgan Manufacturing in downtown Chicago with over 250 industry suppliers and distributors in attendance.

Including Origaudio co-founders, 12 different recipients were honored with awards of distinction in 11 separate categories including Entrepreneurs of the Year, Woman of Distinction, and The Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award. The award ceremony also recognized the top 40 distributors and 40 suppliers in the promotional product industry. Award winners were chosen by the editors of ASI’s award­-winning Counselor magazine to recognize outstanding individuals and companies.

“It’s quite fitting to be receiving this award in Chicago where Origaudio started in a garage.” Mike Szymczak, Origaudio co-founder and COO continued, “We all know nothing is given in this world. We have put in several years of hard work, dedication and perseverance in to this business. We’re also truly humble for the fact that, while we’re the ones up here receiving this award, we know that it takes a village to get where we are today. We have to thank our team and everyone who works behind the scenes who help make everything happen. The Origaudio team is truly an amazing family.”

Origaudio’s co-founder and CEO, Jason Lucash, added, “Entrepreneurship is not a hobby–it’s an addiction, a passion, and a way of life. We took a big leap of faith starting Origaudio eight years ago jumping in feet first. Mike and I took that risk because we believed we could achieve something new and different—something this industry hasn’t experienced or seen before. We will continue to push boundaries, take risks, inspire creativity, change the rules of the game, and make sure we’re having fun along the way. This award goes out to all of those people who believed that two dudes wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops could make a difference.”

In Spring of 2017, Origaudio produced this short video overseas to invite people into its creative process of creating products from concept to production. The company’s goal with this video is to provide distributors with insight on Origaudio’s methods and thought process while fostering the level of business transparency that their clients have come to know and expect.

Top Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right: Tim Andrews, president and CEO of Advertising Specialty Institute®, Origaudio co-founders and ASI 2017 Entrepreneurs of the Year, Jason Lucash and Mike Szymczak.