On Thursday, November 8 some of the most well known, highly respected leaders in Atlanta, including Mayor Kasim Reed, came together at the Atlanta History Center to honor this group of rising business stars. Kuramoto and the other 39 honorees were selected from more than 500 submissions, making this the most competitive class in the nine year history of the program.
From its founding, the group has provided a way for these Atlanta leaders to connect with one another, with established luminaries in the Atlanta community, and with the future leaders of this growing city. Inso doing, each member of the Atlanta 40 Under 40 has been able to magnify their impact on Atlanta.
The group represents various industries, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and virtually all walks of life. Amid their unique trajectories and stories of success, what the nominees have in common is their tremendous individual contribution to the Atlanta community.
“I’m honored to be included in this year’s 40 Under 40 class and incredibly humbled based upon the accomplishments of my fellow classmates. Had it not been for the encouragement of my colleagues at AcuityCFO, the inspiration of our entrepreneurial clients, and the support of my family, this award would not have been possible,” said Kuramoto. “Atlanta has been an incredible community to be part of and I look forward to continuing to support our local entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating Atlanta’s next great businesses or launching non-profits that improve the welfare of our city.”
Kuramoto earned his spot in the 40 Under 40 based on the many ways he lives out his passion for entrepreneurs. Under his leadership, AcuityCFO has been an integral management resource for the more than 150 Atlanta companies since its founding in 2004. The company is unique in its focus on providing expert counsel and strategy focused specifically on the financial engine of an organization. Through its “PATH” approach, the company tailors its strategy and services approach to the development stage of the company, providing everything from a turnkey technology-driven bookkeeping solution for startups to top-level CFO counsel for established companies. Consequently, under Kuramoto’s leadership, the AcuityCFO team has supported the growth of some of the best and brightest in the Atlanta entrepreneurial community.
Beyond the office, Kenji is a tireless supporter of the Atlanta entrepreneurial community. He understands and values the importance of cultivating an ecosystem that encourages new company formation and venture growth. As such, he is an active community servant. Specifically, he is a member of the Georgia Aquarium Next Wave Society, and has impacted the nonprofit LEAD Institute since its nascent phase. Through the LEAD Institute, Kenji has mentored numerous mission-based startups to organizational success. Most notably, Kenji mentored LifeGate Counseling Center, a nonprofit that provides counseling and psychological evaluation to strengthen the family unit, and is currently in his second year as board chairman.
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