On June 16th, SMS Assist’s CEO Mike Rothman received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Technology Award in the Midwest category. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Mike was selected by an independent panel of judges during a black tie award ceremony held at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, where he was cheered on by members of the SMS Team. His acceptance of this award puts him in great company - other winners from Chicago-based companies included Brad Wilson, CEO of online deals site Brad’s Deals; Thomas Scott, founder and CEO of investment firm CA Ventures; and ContextMedia co-founders Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal.


Mayor Rahm Emmanuel paid a visit to the SMS Assist headquarters in late June, a company he learned about over five years ago. At that point, the office staffed less than 50 employees.

Much to his surprise, the technology company’s headquarters has expanded to three floors of the iconic John Hancock Center and is chock full of over 500 bustling workers, many of whom have started careers at SMS Assist within the last 12 months.

SMS Assist’s technology platform helps companies manage their properties, which in turn, enables them to provide a better experience for their customers, while also helping them cut costs and receive high quality service.

175 employees were hired in the last year at SMS Assist to keep up with its growth and expanding service offerings. The company has tripled in size in the last year and that is what caught Mayor Emanuel’s attention.