Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in the Midwest Region

May 01, 2013, 11:00 ET from Ernst & Young LLP


CHICAGO, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Midwest region. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  The Midwest region received 107 nominations, and the finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27, 2013 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

The Midwest region includes companies based in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Collectively, this year's finalists created nearly 10,500 jobs in the past three years, providing more than 48,000 jobs at the end of 2012. These companies generated more than $6.1 billion of revenue in 2012 and grew employment by 21 percent and revenues by 26 percent between 2010 and 2012.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Midwest finalists are:

  • @properties – Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong (Chicago, Illinois)
  • A.O. Smith Corporation – Paul Jones (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Acme Industries – Warren Young (Elk Grove Village, Illinois)
  • AHEAD – Daniel Adamany (Chicago, Illinois)
  • API Healthcare Corporation – J.P. Fingado (Hartford, Wisconsin)
  • ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, Inc. – Bradley Dannegger (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois)
  • Associated – Michael Romano (Addison, Illinois)
  • BankersAccuity – Hugh Jones IV (Skokie, Illinois)
  • Chiro One Wellness Centers – Stuart Bernsen (Oak Brook, Illinois)
  • Chromatin Inc.  – Daphne Preuss (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cleversafe, Inc.  – Chris Gladwin (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Envestnet, Inc.  – Judson Bergman (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Escalade, Inc. – Robert Keller (Evansville, Indiana)
  • GoHealth – Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones (Chicago, Illinois)
  • kCura -–Andrew Sieja (Chicago, Illinois)
  • – Stopher Bartol (Evanston, Illinois)
  • Level 6 Corporation – Howard Stillman (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Life Fitness – Chris Clawson (Schiller Park, Illinois)
  • Life Spine, Inc. – Michael Butler (Hoffman Estates, Illinois)
  • Mazzetta Company, LLC – Thomas Mazzetta (Highland Park, Illinois)
  • Monroe Capital LLC – Theodore Koenig (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Overture, LLC – Heather Sanderson (Vernon Hills, Illinois)
  • Pangea Properties – Albert Goldstein (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Peerless Network, Inc. – John Barnicle, Jim Brewer, Tony Hiller, Scott Kell, Richard Knight, and Doug Lee (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Protein Bar – Matthew Matros (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Revolution Dancewear – Scott Harris (Niles, Illinois)
  • Rising Medical Solutions, Inc. – Jason Beans (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sartori Company – James Sartori and Jeffrey Schwager (Plymouth, Wisconsin)
  • SingleHop, LLC – Zachary Boca and Daniel Ushman (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Seaton Companies – Michael Miles (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Transportation Solutions Enterprises, LLC – Todd Berger (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Trunk Club – Brian Spaly (Chicago, Illinois)
  • UGN, Inc. – Peter Anthony (Tinley Park, Illinois)
  • Zotec Partners – T. Scott Law (Carmel, Indiana)

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize entrepreneurs in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young 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 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.


Contact information
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala on June 27, contact Christine Evans of Ernst & Young at + 1 312 879 2470 or Tickets are $250 per person or $2,300 for 10 tickets. For more information about the program, please visit


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