Iroquois tech entrepreneur Ottawa’s CEO of the Year

David Ross is Ottawa's new CEO of the Year. Valberg Imaging

IROQUOIS — Sometimes described as Dundas County’s own version of Steve Jobs, David Ross is set to be honoured as the National Capital’s “CEO of the Year” at the prestigious Best Ottawa Business awards (BOBs) hosted by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.

The Chief Executive Officer of Iroquois’ Ross Video was again favourably compared with the trailblazing Apple Computer co-founder in this recent OBJ article profiling the Seaway District High School graduate and his upcoming honour.

He will pick up the award Nov. 10 at a black tie gala attended by about 800 business leaders.

Upon hearing the news, Ross said,  “What a huge honour, this award isn’t just for technology but any business – and Ottawa is a really big and amazing city.  When I looked at the list of previous recipients, it was even more stunning given the legendary people that have received this award before me.”

Ross was chosen based on the impressive long-term expansion of the 42-year-old firm that also picked up an Emmy award earlier this year.

The company of 640 employees has achieved an average growth of 18 percent  a year over 25 consecutive record years, even through the recession.  That growth has included 12 acquisitions in just 7 years, all internally financed. Annual revenue is now approaching $200 million, the OBJ has reported.

The recipient has lived in Ottawa since 1991 but also operates Ross Video’s manufacturing facility – one of the largest in Eastern Ontario — in his hometown of Iroquois. 

Ross Video has a global reach selling products and services into more than 100 countries every year and has additional significant offices in Virginia Beach, Sunnyvale California, London England, and Singapore.  Customers include the vast majority of global broadcasters, as well as major stadiums, concert productions, legislatures, and more.  Recently, the firm diversified into creating the television productions themselves, producing close to 1,000 games and events this year for major American broadcasters.

Why Ottawa? The incoming CEO of the year, an Invest Ottawa board member, explains, “Ottawa is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live in, as well as run a business.  There is a tremendous depth of talent that makes Ottawa hard to beat.”

Inspired to further give back to his community, after giving more than $100,000 to the United Way over the years, Ross Video is expanding a Ross charitable fund that will focus on youth and technology. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of Science Fairs after holding several national titles when he was a youth. In his spare time he’s an avid triathlete enjoying the many events the region has to offer.

David Ross dedicates the award to others who supported him since his father started the company in the basement of their Montreal home. “There’s no way I’d have been named CEO of the Year without the support, spanning a quarter century, of some wonderfully intelligent and dedicated people.”

About Ross Video

Passionate about live production, Ross Video designs, manufactures and delivers dependable technology and services that power exceptional live video productions seen by billions of viewers around the world every day. Ross Video’s goal is to make it easy for customers to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, legislative assemblies, entertainment shows and rock concerts, and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Relentlessly innovating, Ross Video delivers the world’s widest range of products and services for augmented reality and virtual sets, mobile live-event solutions, real-time motion graphics, camera systems, robotics, social-media management, production switchers, routers, video servers, newsroom systems, signal processing and more.

Its products and services are designed to offer the best system integration and unmatched customer choice by both working together seamlessly and integrating tightly with third-party solutions.

Ross Video has offices around the world, and provides outstanding, free-for-life telephone support staffed by technical experts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—even for products bought on eBay. Ross employees are authorized to rent helicopters when necessary.



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