As the 13th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR magazine’s flagship event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the business community, will take place on March 5, we want to put the spotlight on the 11 categories from which the independent jury will select the winners for their exceptional performance in 2017.
Autonom Group, founded by the brothers Marius and Dan Stefan, was awarded in the Excellence in Business category in 2017. Since then, the groups car renting arm estimated a growth of 20 percent of its turnover to EUR 22 million for its operations from last year.
The company is also present on the Hungarian market and in 2017 the group launched its operations in Serbia.
Last year, the company continued to increase its headcount by 50 people to 275 employees.
“Our vision was just to be an authentic business model. (…) From that moment, that’s what we do each day with our employees. When we do the assessment, which are of at least 4 hours every six months, a big part is how to do that. The main portion of this is personal development,” said Dan Stefan during last year’s Gala.
More about the category
This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a local business over a longer period of time, looking at aspects such as innovative character, development achievements, market share and the overall relevance for the local business environment.
How are the nominees judged?
The jury takes into account the following criteria before making a decision:
The strategy for development in the past years
Business growth over the previous year
Unique endeavors to support the local business community
Sustainable development strategy
Top market position
Exceptional business growth compared with peers
This year’s jury
Marius Ghenea, Partner, 3TS Capital | Jury President
Florian Nițu, Managing Partner, Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații
Fady Chreih, CEO, Regina Maria
Serban Roman, Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors
Anca Harasim, Executive Director, AmCham
Cristian Sporiș, Vice President, Raiffeisen Bank
Marius Ștefan, CEO, Autonom
Maria Tudor, Chief Media Officer and Business Development Lead, CEE, Publicis One
Dan Petre, Partner, D&D Research
Cătălina Rousseau, CEO, BDR Associates
Dan Nechita, Co-Founder & President, Smart Everything Everywhere