Tony Aquila, founder, Chairman and CEO of Solera Among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2017 Builders + Innovators Summit
WESTLAKE, Texas, (Oct. 31, 2017) Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) recognized Solera Holdings, Inc. (“Solera”) founder, Chairman and CEO, Tony Aquila, as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017 at its third annual Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California.
Goldman Sachs selected Aquila as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event focused on highlighting enduring companies and entrepreneurs, both seasoned and emerging, that are reshaping their industries and making the world better through innovation.
A “do-it-different” entrepreneur, Aquila’s untraditional journey from a garage-based startup to global technology innovator has earned recognition. An inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Aquila has created and sold two venture-backed companies before he set out to fundamentally change the relationship between people and their cars. In 2005, on a mission to transform the vehicle ownership experience by leveraging the power of digital innovation and technological disruption, he founded Solera, a global leader in digital technologies that connects and secures life’s most important assets: our cars, homes and identities.
Since its inception, Solera has grown aggressively with over 45 acquisitions across its Customer Retention Management, Service Maintenance & Repair and Risk Management Solutions platforms. Today, Solera processes over 300 million transactions annually in nearly 90 countries. With a global mission to digitize the car ownership experience across the 54 touchpoints a vehicle has in its life, Solera’s CRM, SMR and RMS solutions digitize each touchpoint with data and software that drives transparency, efficiency and connectivity.
Aquila leads Solera’s unique invent and acquire culture, valuing uncommon entrepreneurial thinking and continuous innovation. With a global workforce of 6,000+, Solera associates come from diverse forward-thinking industries that include automotive technology, artificial intelligence, software development, data sciences, cybersecurity, cognitive design, and digital identity protection.
“We are pleased to recognize Tony Aquila as one of the most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2017,” said David M. Solomon, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer at Goldman Sachs. “This is the sixth year that we’ve hosted the Builders + Innovators Summit where emerging business leaders gather to discuss their common interests in building prosperous organizations.”
For more than 145 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the Summit consists of general sessions and clinics led by Goldman Sachs experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.
Founded and continuously led by inventor and entrepreneur Tony Aquila, Solera is a global leader in digital technologies that manage and protect life’s most important assets: our cars, homes and identities. Today, Solera processes over 300 million digital transactions annually for approximately 235,000 partners and customers in nearly 90 countries. For more information, please visit solera.com.