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ECI Execs Win Industry Awards

Friday, October 18, 2019

ECI Software Solutions, a Fort Worth-based provider of cloud-based business management software solutions, announced that its CEO, Ron Books, and president and COO, Trevor Gruenewald, were honored with regional and international awards. The awards recognized Books and Gruenewald for their leadership skills, community involvement and career accomplishments.

Books was named the Fort Worth Business Press’ 2019 Top Private Company CEO. The award, one of three major CEO awards that the publication gives out each year, recognizes leading private company CEOs for their leadership and contributions to their organizations and communities. Books—who started as ECI’s 32nd employee in 1999—took over as CEO in 2009. Working alongside Gruenewald, Books reinvented ECI’s business strategy, helping the company to improve customer unit retention to more than 90 percent, increase customer revenue retention from 85 to 100 percent, grow the customer base from 4000 to 16,000 worldwide and increase headcount from 315 to nearly 1400 ECI employees.

Under both Books’ and Gruenewald’s leadership, ECI made more than 20 acquisitions in the last decade, six of which occurred this past year. The company was also named No.16 in Fort Worth Business Press’ Top 100 Private Companies list. These growth metrics were a deciding factor in Gruenewald’s 2019 Fort Worth Business Press C-Suite Award win, which also recognized his civic and social contributions. In addition to helping manage ECI’s global workforce, which continues to grow because of the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy, Gruenewald is an active member of his community. He regularly coaches young athletes, leads youth groups, help elderly citizens to doctor appointments and volunteers at local nonprofits. His philanthropic endeavors and impressive career trajectory—including his time at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Inc. and Avaya—also led to him receiving a Gold Stevie for Lifetime Achievement in the 2019 International Business Awards. 

In addition to the company’s C-Suite award wins, ECI was named one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for the fourth year in a row. The annual award, issued by Achievers, a provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, applauds top employers for demonstrating innovation in engaging employees in culture-building activities.



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