John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award
John won in the “Mission Driven” category with his father and co-founder Mark Cronin.
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Five percent of John’s Crazy Socks earnings go toward Special Olympics, and the company also donates proceeds from their Autism Awareness and Charity category socks to other partners. John and Mark have raised $300,000 for the National Down Syndrome Society, the Autism Society of America, and the Williams Syndrome Association, among others, to date. John’s Crazy socks provides meaningful work for many people with disabilities across Long Island, where the company is based–more than 50% of employees are differently abled. The company shows the world what differently abled people can do once given a chance through social media, school tours, work groups, and speaking engagements. John and Mark are the only father-son team to win among Ernst and Young’s 11 overall winners.
Mark Cronin says, “All we are trying to do is change the world.”