Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in Midwest

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in nine categories

Jun 28, 2013, 09:00 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

CHICAGO, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a black-tie gala event at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on June 27, 2013.

Collectively, the 2013 category award recipients grew their company's revenues by 31% and their company's employment by 11% between 2010 and 2012. They include:

  • @properties – Mike Golden and Thad Wong (Chicago, Illinois)
  • A.O. Smith Corporation – Paul Jones (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • BankersAccuity – Hugh Jones IV (Skokie, Illinois)
  • Chiro One Wellness Centers – Stuart Bernsen (Oak Brook, Illinois)
  • GoHealth – Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones (Chicago, Illinois)
  • kCura -–Andrew Sieja (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Life Fitness – Chris Clawson (Schiller Park, Illinois)
  • Pangea Properties – Al Goldstein (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sartori Company – Jim Sartori and Jeff Schwager (Plymouth, Wisconsin)

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (The Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and 2012 winner Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani Inc.

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the 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.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Midwest region, sponsors include: Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, LaSalle Network, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and The Big Picture.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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