BOSTON, June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced that Co-Founder and CEO Dana Ehrlich of Verde Farms, one of the leading providers of organic, grass-fed beef in the U.S., received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Consumer Product Distribution category in New England. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. 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. Dana Ehrlich was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Copley Place on June 23, 2016.
"I'm honored to be recognized by EY and to be included in such a diverse group of entrepreneurs that are shaping the future of New England's business community," said Ehrlich. "It's a very exciting time for Verde Farms as we grow our partnerships with farmers around the globe, and expand our portfolio to meet the growing demand for better for you beef."
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies' success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
As a New England award winner, Dana Ehrlich is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 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 Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2017.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In New England, gold level sponsors also include Fama PR, Goodwin Procter, Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Nixon Peabody LLP, and The True Capital. Silver level sponsors include Chatham Financial, Empire Valuation Consultants, Morgan Lewis, and T3 Advisors.
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.
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