Kastles owner Mark Ein was recognized Thursday by Ernst & Young as Greater Washington’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ein was one of 29 finalists in eight categories covering the business spectrum. Clearly surprised and touched by the honor, he noted the incredible work of the other nominees, ranging from disease-fighting medication to solar-power energy.
A wonderfully-crafted video produced by EY was played prior to Ein’s acceptance, showcasing the Kastles’ work throughout the D.C. community. This season, the team will surpass $1 million in charitable donations since its founding only six years ago. The Kastles also continue to host clinics for underprivileged kids with tennis superstars such as Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens.
After paying tribute to the Kastles staff, Ein dedicated the award to our country and his parents. Dr. Daniel Ein and Marion Ein Lewin fled Europe before and after World War II, paving the way for the Kastles owner to live out his own version of the American dream.
Ein and winners from the other seven categories have qualified for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala, which will be held November 15 in Palm Springs, Calif.
2014 EY Greater Washington Entrepreneurs of the Year
Social: Mark Ein – Washington Kastles
Business Solutions: Christopher Weiler – LDiscovery
Consumer Services: Timothy Chi – WeddingWire
Emerging: Yuri Horwitz – Sol Systems
Food and Beverage: Andrew Kim, Mark Neal, Ty Neal – Matchbox Food Group
Government Services: Roy Kapani – ECS Federal
Large Company: David J. Trone – Total Wine & More
Technology and Biotechnology: Randy Brouckman – EdgeConneX