Nominations open for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Award
Friday, January 21, 2011
Posted by: Courtney Story
Ernst & Young LLP is calling for nominations for the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Awards, recognized as one of the
most prestigious business award programs in the country. The deadline
for applications is March 18, 2011, with the Mountain Desert awards
ceremony scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Seawell Ballroom
in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program will celebrate its 25th
anniversary this year. Over the past quarter-century, the program has
honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos
of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell, Herb Kelleher of Southwest
Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google,
Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings
(Blockbuster Video, Waste Management, Inc., and AutoNation), and many
"We’ve been extraordinarily proud to honor men and women
who have had the inspiration to create innovative, market-leading
companies that have truly changed the world over the 25-year history of
our Entrepreneur Of The Year program,” said Bryan Pearce, Americas
Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program.
"We believe entrepreneurs are the lifeblood and foundation of our
economy. It’s very exciting to think about the impact that
entrepreneurs and transformational CEOs will have on the way we live and
work over the next 25 years as well.”
Award winners are selected
by a panel of independent judges, including previous winners of the
award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in the Mountain Desert region
Mountain Desert region (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain region),
now includes Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Select past regional
award winners have included Yvon Cariou, Dynamic Materials Corporation;
Roy Dimoff, ViaWest; Todd Davis, LifeLock; Kevin Reddy, Noodles &
Company; Dan Caruso, Zayo Group, Robert Worsley, SkyMall; Craig Clark,
Forest Oil; and Larissa Herda, tw telecom.
"This program honors
the outstanding entrepreneurs in our area,” said Jim Wilson, Ernst
& Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program Director for the Mountain
Desert region. "These entrepreneurs make our community a better place
by providing jobs, developing new products and services, and encouraging
economic development. They deserve our support and recognition.”
Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors entrepreneurs regionally in
June, leading up to the national awards in November. The overall
national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur
Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2012. Entrepreneurs are nominated
and evaluated by an independent panel of judges in each region,
including local business and community leaders.
approximately 250 entrepreneurs from across the nation were selected as
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 award winners from more
than 1,500 nominations. Past award winners have included Howard
Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC
(Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel
of Ruth's Chris, Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear, Tom Adams of Rosetta
Stone, Matt Szulik of Red Hat, and last year’s national winner, Howard
Lutnick of BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald.
honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala,
hosted by Jay Leno, on November 12, 2011 in Palm Springs, California.
The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic
Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth,
market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young
Strategic Growth Forum, please visit
are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and
extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial
performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and
communities. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee.
Application forms must be received by March 18, 2011.
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 three years old.
produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards
are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
the Mountain Desert region, local sponsors include Faegre & Benson,
Clifton Gunderson LLP, The Denver Business Journal and JohnstonWells
For more information
and nomination forms contact: Courtney Story, Program Manager, Ernst
& Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Mountain Desert Awards, at
720-931-4411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
& Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious
business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through
the unique 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 award of its kind, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
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