Chris Brandt is the EY Entrepreneur Of the Year 2014 Winner in Maryland in the “Health” category. For the fourth year in a row, Audacious Inquiry has been climbing the INC. 5000 list, reaching #1490 in 2014.
Someone once famously asked, “What’s in a name?” Plenty, according to Chris Brandt, Managing Partner of Audacious Inquiry, LLC. Chris crafted the message-rich name for his company when he founded it a decade ago.
Headquartered in Baltimore County, Maryland, Audacious Inquiry provides health information system, analytical service, and Web application services for government, business, and nonprofit agencies. The company’s Encounter Notification Service (ENS) is currently employed to facilitate efficient transitions of care for over six million people across four U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Versatile strategy, technology, and business intelligence capabilities have garnered the company multi-year client engagements with large regional hospitals and health systems; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC); and state Health Information Exchange programs.
Chris paired two concepts for the company name:“audacious goal setting” and an imperative to “ask the tough questions.”To be sure, the name is memorable particularly in today’s swirl of acronym-ed business identities, often interchangeable, crossing industries. Chris says business partners tend to remember the name, and the brand has grown strong over ten years as a result of their top quality impactful work and great team.
Chris started the company while pursuing his MBA at Wharton, opting for entrepreneurship versus the corporate path. He shares with us the best business advice he’s received . . .right up there with “set audacious goals.”
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