Morris named emerging member of KY Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Kentucky native is co-founder, CEO of Rubicon Global

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Social innovator Nate Morris will be inducted in to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in Louisville Nov. 19.

Nate-Morris-HeadshotThe Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame celebrates the stories of the state’s most successful entrepreneurs. The mission is to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the commonwealth and to encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors. Morris joins an elite group of Kentucky entrepreneurs including John Y. Brown Jr., KFC; John Schnatter, Papa John’s International; and David Jones Sr., Humana.

Morris is a Kentucky native and co-founder and CEO of Rubicon Global, North America’s leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions.

Founded in Kentucky, Rubicon Global provides waste and recycling services that deliver sustainable solutions and cost reduction to a variety of industries, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company uses Big Data analytics to solve the global issue of waste. The company also uses proprietary software to empower small business owners to grow their businesses through a strategic sourcing platform.

The company was recently featured on the cover of The New York Times Sunday business section.

Morris is also the founder and chairman of Lexington-based Morris Industries, a privately held industrial group focused on long-term holdings.

“I’m a proud Kentuckian and I am incredibly humbled to join the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame,” Morris said. “Kentucky is a growing hotbed for innovation and I’m thrilled that Awesome Inc is shining a light on the state’s success stories.”

“Nate is an innovator who has demonstrated that he can be successful in business while making a positive impact on Kentucky and our communities,” said Bill Gatton, a fellow member of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and namesake of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Gatton is an investor in Rubicon Global and a mentor to Morris. “Nate has a bright future and I’m excited to see what he does next.”

In 2014, Morris was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Morris serves on the executive committee of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Bluegrass Chapter. In 2007, he was named “Outstanding Young Kentuckian” by the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce and honored as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (US Jaycees).

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