MINNEAPOLIS, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coolibar today announced that President and founder John Barrow was named a winner for Consumer Products in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Upper Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence, extraordinary success and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Barrow was selected from an esteemed pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges. Awards were presented at a special gala on June 13, 2013 at the Marriott City Center hotel in Minneapolis, MN.
Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Prior to Coolibar, Mr. Barrow was the Vice President of Marketing for techies.com, a Minneapolis based recruiting service that grew from $1 million to $30 million in sales over 4 years. Mr. Barrow was previously the co-founder of an IT education company, J3 Learning Corporation, which was acquired in 1996 by GartnerGroup, Inc., a NYSE public company. Earlier, Mr. Barrow worked for McKinsey & Co., Inc. on consulting assignments for multinational consumer products companies. Mr. Barrow, who was born in Australia, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia's world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees 50+ UPF ratings for the life of their garments. Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics. Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection. Coolibar Cares, the company's giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations.
For information about Coolibar, go to www.coolibar.com or call 1-800-926-6509.
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