CHARLOTTE — The Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council, re-branded as the Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) Council as part of the BIG Event held Tuesday night, also named RolloverSystems Inc. as the 2004 winner of the Pathfinder award.

The BIG presents the Pathfinder award to what it thinks is the Charlotte region’s most promising early-stage company.

This year’s winner, RolloverSystems, was founded in 2001. Last March, the company introduced a one-stop solution for workers seeking a way to roll over their retirement savings from an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan to an IRA. The technology allows employees to go to one website, fill out a form, and receive multiple Rollover IRA offers from a network of competing financial institutions.

Reginald Bowser, founder, president and CEO of RolloverSystems, accepted the Pathfinder award at Tuesday night’s event, which was held at the Westin Charlotte.

“We are honored to receive the Pathfinder award from the Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council,” Bowser said, referring to the group by its former name. “This is a tribute to the talent, dedication and perseverance of the entire RolloverSystems team.”

The BIG also presented several other awards. The group’s Trailblazer award went to Stuart Levinson of Venetica, who beat out fellow finalists Keith Leudeman of goodmortgage.com and Patrick Vaughn of Market Velocity Inc.

Charlotte entrepreneur Olin Broadway, who founded Broadway & Seymour Inc. in 1980, received the Summit award for lifetime achievement from BIG.

Today is the second and final day of the two-day conference known as the BIG Event. It includes a number of panels on topics ranging from globalization to public/private partnerships.

Also, five finalist companies were to present for the $5,000 business plan competition. They are all based in Charlotte and include Alveolus, Arcus Medical, The Elevator Channel, End II End Communications and TreoSystems.

MEC/BIG: www.mec.org