AUSTIN, Texas, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EY announced that Founder and CEO, Kendra Scott, of KENDRA SCOTT, leading women's jewelry and accessories brand, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in Central Texas. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kendra Scott was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hilton Austin on June 5.
"It is such an honor to be recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Texas," said Kendra Scott. "Twelve years ago when I was selling my jewelry designs door-to-door to local Austin boutiques, I could not have imagined where my brand would be today. I am thankful for the support of our customers and my incredible team for helping me turn a dream into a fashion brand that does so much more than create beautiful jewelry."
Now in its 28th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.
As a Central Texas award winner, Kendra Scott is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
About KENDRA SCOTT
Kendra Scott is an accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. Sold at premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and over a thousand specialty boutiques worldwide, the brand is known for their kaleidoscope of beautiful jewelry infusing vibrant, hand cut gemstones and her Color Bar™, an innovative experience that allows jewelry customization. Featured on the pages of leading fashion and lifestyle publications and television outlets, Kendra Scott is a favorite among women of all ages. Her jewelry is a staple with Hollywood's starlets and elite, including Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker and Sofia Vergara. As the brand grows, Kendra and her team remain true to her founding philosophies, "Family, Fashion, Philanthropy."
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.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In Central Texas, sponsors include BBVA Compass, ADP, the Tingari-Silverton Foundation, Bridgepoint Consulting, the Austin Business Journal and DLA Piper.
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