Theodore “Ted” Catino has created and overseen successful businesses for more than 20 years. In 2016, Ted Catino and his wife, Becky, co-founded GigSmart, where they help organizations to navigate the on-demand economy. GigSmart is a mobile application that enables users to seek flexible employment and provides charitable organizations with an effective method for managing their volunteers needs.
GigSmart provides charities with a no-cost method of managing their current volunteer workforce while increasing their access to new group of volunteers. Through GigSmart, charities gain access to the application’s database of available workers, many of whom can begin working immediately.
In addition, charities that are shorthanded for an event can use the app to fill their volunteer needs on the spot. GigSmart can also connect charities with parents who wish to volunteer with their children, students who need to earn service hours for school, and retirees who desire a means of giving back to their community.
An entrepreneur with nearly three decades of experience, Theodore (Ted) Catino is the co-founder of the GigSmart mobile application. Ted Catino’s accomplishments as an entrepreneur earned him recognition as the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995.
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes entrepreneurs with the drive to develop new world-changing solutions. In addition, the honor recognizes the efforts of individuals who create products and services that cause forward momentum in the economy. Those nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year benefit from increased awareness of their brands through exposure to judges, sponsors, other entrepreneurs, and the public.
Eligible candidates for EY Entrepreneur of the Year include leaders, founders, and CEOs of public and privately held companies established at least three years prior to the nomination. A panel of independent judges selects winners in multiple industry categories and presents the honor during the Entrepreneur of the Year US Awards Gala.
Three years later, they bought out the investor and established lines of credit for $500,000. This amount grew over 25 years to some $300 million. The company eventually built ties with several thousand dealers in 30 states and hired 125 employees.