Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce today the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the Midwest. This group of exceptional entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 26, 2008 at the Hilton in Chicago.
"These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurism," said Randall Tavierne, Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Markets Leader for the Midwest. "They positively impact our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth and development and innovation. Ernst & Young is proud to salute them."
In addition to the finalists named, Patrick Ryan will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award. Reserved for the select few who have exhibited excellence in business building over their professional career, Ryan has built Aon Corporation into a global leader. In addition, Dipak Jain will be awarded the Supporter of Entrepreneurship award for his efforts in building the Kellogg School of Management into one of the country's leading business educational institutions.
The Midwest finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2008 are:
Regional award winners will be eligible for consideration in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program. Winners in numerous national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2008. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Midwest, sponsors include Clifton Gunderson, Winston & Strawn, and Smart Business as regional sponsors, and SolomonEdwardsGroup and Grand Valley State University as local sponsors.
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala on June 26, contact Robyn Mallen of Ernst & Young at 312-879-3722 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 13, 2008. Tickets are $200 per person. For more information about the program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
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