Mark Claypool, president and CEO of Educational Services of America (ESA), was named a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for the southeast, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Mark K. Claypool, President and CEO of Educational Services of America

Mark K. Claypool, President and CEO of Educational Services of America

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mark Claypool, president and CEO of Educational Services of America (ESA), was named a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for the southeast, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The prestigious award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

ESA is the nation’s leading provider of behavior therapy, Pre-K-12 alternative and special education schools and programs for students who are at risk of dropping out and for students with special needs. Claypool, who was nominated in the services category, is a frequent speaker about the value of public-private partnerships in education and behavioral health, and has written a book, We’re in this Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special Education, about this important relationship.

Finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award recipients will be announced at a special gala on June 24 at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

About Educational Services of America
ESA is the nation’s leading provider of behavior therapy and alternative and special education programs for children and young adults. ESA offers children and young people the opportunity to create successful, independent futures by providing behavioral and educational supports to help them reach their full potential. ESA works with more than 13,500 clients and students each day across its three divisions. They are: Early Autism Project, which provides behavior therapy to children who have an autism spectrum or related disorder; Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with more than 120 school districts to provide alternative education programs to students who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs.

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