Alan E. Hall is a consummate businessman and entrepreneur. His acknowledgments include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997 and MountainWest Capital Network Entrepreneur of the year in 2009. He has invested in scores of companies and directly launched and led organizations ranging from home businesses to the multinational sales outsourcing organization MarketStar, which he sold to Omnicom in 1999 and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. He is a weekly contributing columnist to Forbes.com. Mr. Hall is also a contributing writer to Harvard Business Review.