EY is calling for nominations for the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. The program has a firm deadline of March 14, 2014 for nominations, with the Mountain Desert awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 150 cities in 60 countries. Select past Mountain Desert regional award winners include Mike Fries of Liberty Global; Mike Shehan and Steve Swoboda of SpotXchange; Dan Caruso of Zayo Group; Matt Taylor of Mercury Payment Systems; Roy Dimoff of ViaWest; and Larissa Herda of tw telecom.
Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 15, 2014 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the EY Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/sgf.
The US Overall National winner will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2015.
Awards criteria To qualify, entrepreneurs must be an executive who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business early in its life cycle or during its growth. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old.