EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Utah Region


Lots of people have ideas. Far fewer people have good ideas—let alone great ideas. And only a small fraction of those people have the courage, dedication and ambition to take a great idea and make it reality. The annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program celebrates the entrepreneurs who have what it takes to launch a successful business or take an established brand and carry it to new heights. Read on for the inspirational stories of these visionary and intrepid leaders.

One of the most pressing issues facing any company these days is cybersecurity. When Brad Wiskirchen—then-CEO of a company called ClickBank and its parent company, Keynetics—was faced with problems of fraud in e-commerce, he helped launch a new venture in Kount, a SaaS platform that simplifies fraud detection. With Kount, Wiskirchen helped stop $2.6 billion in online fraud in 2016 alone.

Wiskirchen served as chairman of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2014 to 2015. Kount currently has 120 employees and reviews billions of transactions from over 190 countries, and protects some of the largest e-commerce retailers, such as Crate & Barrel and Staples. Wiskirchen himself is committed to community service, having volunteered for nearly 30 civic or nonprofit committees since 1997.