Nominations are open for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2015 Awards, celebrating innovative business leaders who turn vision into reality.
Cleveland, 23 January 2015 – EY is calling for nominations for the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. Past regional award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include: Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis; Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner, Chairman and CEO of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO of Medivation.
Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. In 2014, more than 30 entrepreneurs leading companies from Northeast Ohio were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalists. Past award winners in Northeast Ohio include: Jodi L. Berg of Vita-Mix Corporation, A.J. Hyland of Hyland Software and Bernie Moreno of Collection Auto Group.
A look at the 663 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 US finalists, reveals how they are surpassing benchmarks for high impact entrepreneurship by a large margin. They particularly excel in the areas of revenue growth, with median sales growth of more than 30% per year in each of the last two years, and growth in average headcount of more than 30% over the same period.
“For almost 30 years, we have had the privilege of getting to know many high impact entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur Of The Year Program,” said Mike Kacsmar, Americas Director, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “The entrepreneurs we have honored lead highly disruptive companies in their industries and create a lion’s share of new job creation in the economy.”
Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.
“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is not just an awards program, it is an ongoing network of top leaders,” said Dan Tompkins, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Northeast Ohio. “The entrepreneurs we have honored are creating disruptive companies and causing a positive ripple effect in our communities, our capital markets and our economy.”
The program has a firm deadline of March 6, 2015 for nominations, with the Northeast Ohio awards ceremony scheduled for June 25, 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National gala, on November 14, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the EY Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/sgf. The US Overall National winner will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco the following June.
Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. The firm deadline for 2015 nominations is March 6.
Information is available at www.ey.com/us/eoy. For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Northeast Ohio please visit ey.com/us/neo_eoy. To nominate a candidate, please visit the secure application site.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Northeast Ohio local sponsors include: PNC, Oswald Companies, Smart Business, Scherzer International, Action Management Services, Calfee Halter & Griswold, Vorys, Benesch and Empire Valuation Consultants.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the 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, 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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