GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Road Rat Motors, a Florida scooter retailer that also distributes the new Bintelli brand of Chinese-made scooters as well as other vehicles, has been recognized as one of the nation's top companies started by young entrepreneurs.
That means owner Justin Jackrel will be heading to the White House for an awards ceremony on Sept. 28.
Road Rat Motors was named an honoree on the 2012 Empact100 list. Empact, formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, is an organization with a stated mission of making entrepreneurship a viable career option. Jackrel on Sept. 28 will join 99 others, including founders of such firms as Living Social, Chuck E. Cheese, Priceline.com, Action Foundation & Sandefer Offshore, Redbox, Endeavor and Open Table, in the White House ceremony.
“The Academy is made up of so many successful entrepreneurs that have done a lot of good for this country. It’s truly an honor to be recognized by them for this prestigious award. None of this could be possible without my wife Ashley, my parents and brothers, and my wonderful staff at Road Rat Motors.” Jackrel said.
The Empact100 list honors 100 companies in the Empact Showcase, a compilation of the country's leading entrepreneurs who are age 30 and under, and whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for nonprofits) exceed $100,000. Entrepreneurs meeting minimum criteria were invited by Empact to apply for the Empact Showcase. Applications were judged primarily by revenue, along with such factors as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovation, the organization noted in the press release announcing the winners.
Jackrel is a graduate of the University of Florida. Road Rat Motors, a scooter retail center in Gainesville, also manufacturers citEcar low-speed vehicles, trams and street-legal golf carts which are assembled in the Gainesville area, and imports scooters from China under the Bintelli brand.
Posted by Mary Slepicka