Plex Systems’ Mark Symonds Named a Finalist in Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Ernst & Young announces fialists for Entrepreneur of the Year award

Auburn Hills, Mich. (May 26, 2009) –

Plex Systems, Inc., today announced that Mark Symonds, the company’s CEO and President, has been named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Central Great Lakes region. According to Ernst & Young, this award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges.

Since becoming CEO and President of Plex Systems in 2006, Symonds has driven the company to dramatic growth in sales, jobs, visibility and influence. In 2008 alone, Plex added 52 new customers, increased revenue by 33 percent, and grew its employee base from 105 to 128. It ended the first quarter of 2009 with record-setting revenue growth of 25 percent and will be expanding into a new building in Auburn Hills later this year.

Plex Systems, provider of a leading-edge software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise, had a solid customer base in automotive, especially precision metalformers, at the time Symonds joined the company. He has since expanded the company’s markets to include aerospace & defense manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and food processors, all the while driving new enhancements in the product that enable manufacturers from all industries to achieve measurable business improvements.

Not only did Plex Systems add jobs in 2008 under Symonds’ leadership, the company is adding even more this year. And he continues to grow future Michigan talent by providing on-the-job technology training for students from Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University, and other local institutions that have partnered with Plex to offer co-op and intern programs. The culture Symonds fosters within the Plex Systems workforce motivates employees, supports and rewards teamwork, and provides outlets for creativity and altruism. The company has generously supported charitable organizations including the Gleaners Foodbank, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and others.

As an Entrepreneur of the Year award finalist, Symonds will be honored at the June 11 gala event at the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn on June 11. The recipients of the award will be named at the gala. More information on the awards program is available online.

About Plex Systems, Inc.
Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online’s fully-integrated model delivers a “shop floor to top floor” view of a manufacturer’s operations, enabling management to run their business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is available at

Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems, Inc.

Source: Plex Systems