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Marking 30 years of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards, EY Opens 2016 Call for Nominations

EY is calling for nominations for the 30th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. For the past 30 years, EY has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders while celebrating three decades of American ingenuity. Past leaders recognized by EY have disrupted industries, created new product categories, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries.

In 2015, 12 entrepreneurs with leading companies from the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners, including Mark Sellers, BarFly Ventures; Jason Grobbel, E.W. Grobbel Sons, Inc.; Daniel S. Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation; Al Siblani, EnvisionTEC, Inc.; Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool; Jason Lou, Key Safety Systems (KSS); Robert Hake,, LLC; Robert H. Kurnick, Jr., Penske Corporation/Penske Automotive Group, Inc.; Rick DeVos, Start Garden; David T. Provost, Talmer Bancorp,Inc.; Veronika Scott, The Empowerment Plan and Aaron J. Zeigler, Zeigler Auto Group. Recent US national award winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Hamid Moghadam of Prologis, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
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.

“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is not just an awards program, it is an ongoing network of top leaders,” said Angie Kelly, Partner and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio program. “The entrepreneurs we have honored across the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region have created a positive ripple effect in our communities, our capital markets and our economy.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees will then be invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year national gala on November 19, 2016, in Palm Springs, California. The national 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

The US Overall Award winner will go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM title in Monaco the following June.

Award criteria
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. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no cost to participate.

The program has a firm deadline of March 11, 2016, for nominations, with the Michigan and Northwest Ohio awards gala scheduled for June 23, 2016, at the Detroit Institute of Arts. For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Michigan and Northwest Ohio please visit, to nominate a candidate, please visit the secure application site.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, in the US, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio local sponsors include: Citizens Bank, Colliers Detroit, Foley & Lardner, Crain’s Detroit Business, Tanner Friedman and WJR.

Contact information
To get more information, as well as nomination forms, contact:

Katie White
Ernst & Young LLP
+1 216 583 2962

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. 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.

About EY
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