PORTLAND, Ore., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced that Michael Cammarata, investor and Chief Global Strategy Officer, and Jaime Schmidt, Founder and Chief Product Officer of Schmidt's Naturals, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Retail and Consumer Goods category in the Pacific Northwest. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Cammarata and Schmidt were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel on June 9, 2017.
"It is such an honor to be recognized by EY as one of 2017's innovative brands and for our disruptive work in the natural product space," says Schmidt. "Thanks to our progressive, science-driven natural deodorant formula and customer-focused, contemporary brand work, Schmidt's Naturals has gained immense popularity and loyal consumers across the globe."
Cammarata continues, "To be awarded by EY amongst an unparalleled group of entrepreneurs and brands is thrilling. Schmidt's Naturals has been extremely successful in connecting with our customers in the natural space. We look forward to the release of more innovative product offerings and the announcement of key partnerships furthering our retail availability throughout the year. Watch as Schmidt's Naturals' product lines expand beyond the bathroom and throughout the entire household."
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies' success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
Jeff Bezos of Amazon
Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
Mindy Grossman of HSN
Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
James Park of Fitbit
As Pacific Northwest award winners, Cammarata and Schmidt are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 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 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Pacific Northwest, sponsors also include Big Picture, GreenRubino, Lockton Companies and Woodfruff Sawyer & Company.
About Schmidt's Naturals Founded in 2010 with the mission to "change the way you think about deodorant," the Portland-based brand has earned a reputation among many as the only natural deodorant that "actually works." With eye-popping packaging, alluring scents sourced from natural botanicals, and an award-winning formula derived from natural plants and minerals, Schmidt's is a safe and effective alternative to conventional products, and is free of controversial ingredients like aluminum and propylene glycol. Follow Schmidt's Naturals (@SchmidtsNaturals) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information on Schmidt's Naturals, please visit: www.schmidtsnaturals.com.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year® Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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. ey.com/eoy
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