Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
EY announces that nominations have opened for its annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, widely considered one of the most prestigious business award programs in the U.S. Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur Of The Year remains one of the preeminent competitive awards program in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The initiative is part of EY’s work in identifying and supporting business leaders who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment.
Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from 25 regional competitions across the U.S. In 2016, more than eight entrepreneurs leading companies from the Central Midwest were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. The Central Midwest program, which encompasses Kansas and Missouri, boasts former award winners such as Greg Graves of Burns & McDonnell, Cliff Illig and Neal Patterson of Cerner Corporation, David O’Reilly of O’Reilly Automotive, and Ronald Shaich of Panera Bread.
Since inception, EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 9,000 executives who were estimated to have created over 14 million jobs in 2015 alone, based on the recently released The Entrepreneur’s Purpose. Broken down further, the 2016 class of EOY winners collectively employed over 482,000 people and boasted significant job growth of more than 21 percent. They also generated revenue of over $354 billion, with revenue growth exceeding 57 percent.
Most recently, Bill Marriott Jr. of Marriott International won the 2016 National award. Other past winners include: Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company; Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.; Mindy Grossman of HSN; Robert Unanue of Goya Foods; Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamid Moghadam of Prologis; Jodi Berg of Vita-Mix; Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani; Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear; and, James Park of Fitbit.
More information is available here. For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Central Midwest please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/cm. Candidates can be nominated through our secure application site.
Awards Criteria & Judging Process: 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 2017 nominations is March 10, 2017.
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.
Sponsors: Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas, Merrill Corporation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include Lathrop & Gage and Common Ground Public Relations.