For the last 24 years, the Oregon Entrepreneur Network has hosted the OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award to recognize the brightest, boldest and best entrepreneurs across Oregon and SW Washington. From a field of over 180 companies, we are both proud and humbled to report that Rigado co-founders Ben Corrado and Justin Rigling were awarded with this year’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.
Ben and Justin find themselves in good company as past OEN winners have included many of Oregon’s most successful and admired companies, such as Jive, Vesta, Ziba, Smarsh, Elemental, Act-On, and Puppet Labs. Indeed, the OEN awards are counted as one of Oregon’s highest honors.
Ben and Justin were awarded with the OEN honor for their strong track record over the past 18 months, support of other entrepreneurs, and community involvement. Rigado’s co-founders are committed advocates to finding solutions to the unanswered questions that the IoT poses so that global enterprises and users can incorporate it into their everyday lives while navigating the ever-changing IoT landscape.
Moreover, the duo is excited and eager to share what they know with others in the industry and community, which is contagious as Nick Williams, COO at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce shares. “From our vantage point, what we see in the team at Rigado is a pioneering spirit that is fostering the birth of a sector that was otherwise dormant here. With Rigado’s intentionality to hire local and lure out-of-the-box thinkers to Salem, the nature of our workforce is budding with change. Add to this their commitment of igniting passion in middle and high school students for their craft, they are fueling education with innovation. The stamp being left on Salem by Rigado will last for decades to come.”
Ben and Justin co-founded Rigado in 2010. Ben currently serves as CEO and previously ran engineering design teams at Garmin and Andrews-Cooper Technology. Justin serves as CTO and was a design engineer at Garmin International. He specializes in low-power wireless systems, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Fun fact: In 2004, Ben and Justin set the world record for longest wifi connection: 124 miles.