Thumbplay News

NEW YORK, November 7, 2007 - At the fifth annual New York Ten Awards Gala held earlier this week by the Executive Council of New York, the premier business forum for leaders and innovators, Are Traasdahl, CEO & Founder of Thumbplay (, the largest and fastest growing mobile entertainment content destination in the U.S., was named "Best Emerging CEO." The Ten Awards is a selection of ten companies and individuals in the greater New York business community that display extraordinary innovation and leadership in their industry and beyond.

The awards were presented at the Ten Awards Gala held on November 5, 2007 at Cipriani Wall Street. Cushman & Wakefield were the host sponsor and Donny Deutsch, Chairman, Deutsch Inc. and Host of CNBC’s "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch", provided a welcome address. Paul O'Neill, Former Secretary of US Treasury and Consultant, The Blackstone Group, was a keynote speaker.

“Having arrived in New York only four years ago with few connections to the incomparable capital resources, talented individuals, and media & marketing organizations found in this city, it is truly an honor to have been selected as “Best Emerging CEO” from among such a distinguished group of candidates,” said Are Traasdahl. “I share this award with the incredible team of extremely talented individuals that has helped me carefully nurture Thumbplay into the largest and fastest growing mobile entertainment content destination in the United States today.”

The Ten Awards winners were chosen from open nominations submitted to the Executive Council of New York. Hundreds of nominations were screened and evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of prominent journalists from New York-based local and national business media outlets, and evaluated based on the individual’s contributions to his or her organization’s objectives and leadership; the organization’s impact on business innovation, both in New York and nationally; and the individual’s industry leadership beyond his or her organization.


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