Nominations Are Open for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM)
2014 Awards, Celebrating Innovative Business Leaders Who Turn
Vision Into Reality
TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ernst & Young LLP is
calling for nominations for the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The
Year(TM) awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business
award programs in the country. There is a firm deadline of Friday,
March 14, 2014 for completed applications, with the Florida Awards
ceremony scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando.
“Entrepreneurs continue to be a driving force in leading the economic
recovery. Their ability to see around corners and find new, better ways
of doing things makes them an engine of growth,” said Greg Rosica, EY
Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner. “The search is on for
new award recipients to build on the momentum from our 28-year history
Nominees should have a history of creating a successful business that
demonstrates vision, leadership, strength of character and social
responsibility. Award recipients are selected in a number of industry
categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including
previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors
and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate
themselves or be nominated by peers or other business leaders.
To qualify, an entrepreneur must be the founder or an executive who
organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business early in its life
cycle or during its growth. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there
is no fee. The deadline for 2014 applications is Friday, March 14.
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 have been in business at least two years.
Information is available at www.ey.com/us/eoy. For information on the
Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Florida please visit
www.ey.com/us/florida_eoy. To nominate a candidate, please visit the
secure application site: https://EOY-Nomination.ey.com.
2013 Florida award recipients
Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 150
cities in 60 countries. In 2013, nine entrepreneurs leading companies
from Florida were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
recipients. These are:
— Health Care category — Mark Montgomery, president and chief executive
officer, Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, Inc., Lake Mary
— Emerging category — Naomi Whittel, chief executive officer and founder,
Reserveage Organics, Boca Raton
— Hospitality category — John Kunkel, chief executive officer and
founder, 50 Eggs, Inc., Miami
— Services category — Philip Anson, Jr., chief executive officer, STS
Holdings., Inc., Jensen Beach
West Central Florida:
— Distribution and Manufacturing category- R. Charles Murray, chief
executive officer, PPi Technologies Group/Redi-2-DrinQ Group, Sarasota
— Family Business category — Wayne Johnson, chief executive officer,
Accuform Manufacturing, Inc., Brooksville
— Financial Services category — Trevor Burgess, chief executive officer,
C1 Bank, Saint Petersburg
— Retail and Consumer Products category — Norbert P. Donelly, chairman,
Tervis, North Venice
— Technology category — Dan Doyle, Jr., president and chief executive
officer, DEX Imaging, Tampa
A look at some of these companies, and more than 650 EY Entrepreneur Of
The Year 2013 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 percent per year in each of the last two years, and growth in
average headcount of more than 30 percent over the same period.
2014 awards schedule
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 Nov.15, 2014 in
Palm Springs, Calif. The gala is the culminating event of the EY
Strategic Growth Forum(R), 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 overall U.S. winner will compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The
Year title in Monaco in June 2015.
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. Florida platinum sponsors are Fifth Third Bank,
Holland & Knight, Tribridge and Vaco; silver sponsors RFB
Communications Group and Scherzer International and media sponsor Smart
For more information and nomination forms, contact Beverly Eha, EY
Entrepreneur Of The Year program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 150 cities in more than 60 countries.
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