Birmingham, Ala. – ProctorU announced today that it has received two prestigious awards in the Birmingham business community. CEO Scott McFarland was named the Birmingham Business Journal CEO of the Year for his proven track record of leadership. This was quickly followed by the company receiving the prestigious Jemison Award from the Birmingham Venture Club recognizing the organization for its rapid growth and continued success in the community.
The Birmingham Business Journal’s CEO of the Year award is dedicated to recognizing excellence among top executives in the Birmingham area. Winners are chosen from a field of nominations based on contributions to their company, the company’s performance and the CEO’s impact on their industry and community.
Matt Jaeh, chief technology officer at ProctorU, nominated McFarland saying, “[McFarland] has all the character traits of a successful CEO, but I nominated him because he has one trait that sets him apart from everyone else: foresight. He has been essential in anticipating changes and then directing us prior to those changes taking place. That kind of vision and leadership has created an incredible energy throughout the company. It really is a super power.”
ProctorU was also awarded the Birmingham Venture Club’s Jemison Award, Alabama’s most prestigious honor, named after John S. Jemison, Jr., one of the city’s most outstanding businessmen and leaders. Among others, requirements for this award are annual sales of more than $2 million, outstanding sales growth and the company must have been founded in the last twelve years.
These awards come at the end of an impressive year of growth. In 2019, ProctorU welcomed 70 new hires, two of the most notable arrivals being at the executive level, including Don Dally, CIO, and Sandy Pittman, president. Almost 50% of ProctorU’s current full-time population started in the last two years, and the company is poised to add more new talent in 2020.
“2019 was the most successful year in our company’s history, which makes us even more honored to receive the Jemison Award and proud that our CEO was recognized as a leader in the Birmingham area. This was the year we began to realize the goal of creating a testing experience that is more secure than the traditional methods of classrooms and test centers. The way people test and learn in the coming decade will be shaped by the technology we are creating today,” said Jarrod Morgan, founder and chief strategy officer.
ProctorU provides a full suite of online proctoring and identity management solutions for education, professional development and credentialing organizations. With patented, 24/7 live proctoring and a fully-automated platform, both backed by artificial intelligence, ProctorU offers a powerful, convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional test centers. ProctorU increases access to online learning while ensuring exam integrity and accountability for any test-taker.