Imagine America Foundation Honors Michael Platt, CEO and Founder of PlattForm, with Lifetime Achievement Award

Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2013) – Some executives own a talent for setting new courses in their fields. Michael Platt, the visionary CEO and Founder of PlattForm, is at the forefront of that group. This year, his dedication to higher education and career colleges has earned him another distinction: The Board of Directors of the Imagine America Foundation has announced that Platt is the recipient of its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Platt accepted the honor at the 2013 Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Convention in Orlando on June 7.

2013 Lifetime Achievement AwardGuiding the development of the trend-setting creative agency that provides enrollment marketing and admissions support solutions, Platt has provided innovative marketing services for all types of higher education institutions for more than 20 years. Platt founded PlattForm as a media placement agency in 1989. It has since become one of the largest providers of digital media, search engine marketing, interactive lead generation, online marketing, traditional media placement and creative services.

Platt’s inimitable and indomitable determination grew the nearly $200 million business, which works each day to help people improve their lives through education.

With the acquisitions of several thriving online businesses, Platt has continued to help shape the education marketing landscape and see his company evolve in service offerings as well as influence. But at the heart of his job, Platt most loves mentoring dedicated, committed team members. His own dedication and experience serve as a model for success.

“There are pioneers in higher education, and then there are individuals like Michael, who set the standards for other leaders to compare with,” said Robert L. Martin, Foundation President and CEO. “He has made a tremendous impact on career education. But perhaps even greater than that, he has been influential on the front lines of all the critical issues to face our sector.”

The annual Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes career college founders, owners or operators who have provided exceptional leadership and support to the sector. Previous awardees have distinguished themselves through the management of their institutions, their high ethical standards and devotion to innovation.

The Imagine America Foundation would like to thank Maxknowledge, Inc. for sponsoring the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Lincoln Educational Services for producing the Lifetime Achievement Award video.

For more information about Imagine America Foundation, contact Robert L. Martin, President/CEO of the Imagine America Foundation at (571) 267-3012 or bobm@imagine-america.org.

About the Imagine America Foundation
The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for education, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $75 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military personnel attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and offers comprehensive employee development programs through its Center for Excellence in Education. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation's programs, please visit www.imagine-america.org.