Jonathan Downey, 32, CEO of San Franciscobased, has been named USA TODAY’s Small-Business Innovator of the Year. He was chosen from among 10 finalists by a team of USA TODAY editors and last year’s winner, CEO Matt Ehrlichman.

“I really appreciate the recognition,” said Downey, whose company has grown to nearly 90 workers and whose staff could possibly double in 2016. “It’s been a lot of hard work over the past four years and there’s a lot left to do.”

David Callaway, editor in chief of USA TODAY, said editors scoured the country looking not just for unique ideas, but great timing. “Jonathan Downey’s Airware is not just an example of finding a demand to fill, but seeing the demand before it even exists.”

One of our good guys. And as always, timing is everything.


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