Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the Winners for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in South Central Ohio and Kentucky. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a gala event on June 24, 2010, at the Duke Energy Center.
“Entrepreneurs contribute so much to our economy and the fabric of this nation,” says Alan Greenwell, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® program director for South Central Ohio and Kentucky. “These Winners help our region create jobs, while encouraging community growth, development and innovation. We are pleased to honor them.”
The South Central Ohio and Kentucky Winners for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in 2010 are:
Retail: Rick Kueber, Sun Tan City
Emerging: Andrew Beck, River Road Asset Management LLC
Business Services: Raymond Bohac, CallCopy Inc.
Supporter of Entrepreneurship: Mark Crane, GLI’s Enterprise Corp.
Consumer Products: Billy Cyr, Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
Supporter of Entrepreneurship: Rob Daly, Silverstone Advisors
Master: Jim Kennedy, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Healthcare: Philip Rielly, BioRX LLC
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® title.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program celebrates its 24th 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. Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in each region, including local business, academic and community leaders.
All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, Calif. 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.
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 South Central Ohio and Kentucky, sponsors include Thompson Hine LLP and SmartBusiness Network.