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Ernst & Young seeks South Central Ohio and Kentucky’s outstanding entrepreneurs

CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 14, 2012) — Ernst & Young LLP is calling for nominations for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. The deadline for Nominations and Applications is March 23, 2012 -with the SCOK Awards ceremony scheduled for June 28, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Now in its 26th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

“Entrepreneurs are the key to the innovation, economic growth, and job creation that we need so desperately in America right now,” said Bryan Pearce, Americas Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. “Our Entrepreneur Of The Year Program is helping to build a movement by celebrating the stories of these men and women whose confidence, tenacity and drive to be the next business leaders are already impacting the way we live and work as well as the revitalization of our economy.”

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent 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.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in SCOK

Last year, 12 entrepreneurs in 9 categories from SCOK were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners from more than 120 nominations. “This program honors the outstanding entrepreneurs in our area,” said Rich Mitchell, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for SCOK. “These entrepreneurs make our community a better place by providing jobs, developing new products and services, and encouraging economic development. They deserve our support and recognition.”

Nationally, more than 250 entrepreneurs from across the nation were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Award winners from more than 1,900 nominations. Past award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Matt Szulik of Red Hat and the 2011 national winners, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 17, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.

The overall national US winner will compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2013.

Awards criteria

Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. Application forms must be received by March 9, 2012.

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.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In SCOK local sponsors include Frost Brown Todd LLC, PNC Bank, Cincinnati Business Courier/Business First Columbus/Business First Louisville and Topic.

Contact information

To get more information, as well as nomination forms, contact: Jen Frost Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year SCOK Awards, at 513 612 1668 or [email protected] Information is also available at http://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 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 140 cities in 50 countries.

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Cincinnati/Dayton Winners have included:

Billy Cyr – Sunny Delight Beverage Company

Pamela Morris – CareSource

Simon Hay – dunnhumby usa

John Bauman – Ampac

Dan Neyer – Neyer Properties

Patty Brisben – Pure Romance

William Rumpke – Rumpke Consolidated Companies

Dave Herche – Enerfab

Ken Lowe – The E.W. Scripps Company