EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Upper Midwest Awards

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EY continues to receive publicity across the nation as they build on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in various markets.


In this years “Awards Season,” EY gained coverage by announcing winners in various markets, such as today with the announcement of the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Upper Midwest.

The inclusion of previous winners as part of the committee selecting the current years winners adds a depth to the awards selection process which local practitioners strive to build, the local peer network. Click To Tweet

EY selected these leading entrepreneurs with the help of an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a black-tie gala in Minneapolis.

The inclusion of previous winners as part of the committee selecting the current years winners adds a depth to the awards selection process which local practitioners strive to build, the local peer network.

Check out the Entrepreneur Of The Year Upper Midwest program winners

“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades,” said Joe McCarney, Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Upper Midwest. “The class of winners in 2017 represent new ways of thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do business.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Upper Midwest Award include:

Tony Jacobson, AllOver Media
Joel Conner, Bellisio Foods, Inc.
Ben Gray, Jeff Gray and Scott Gray, Creative Apparel Concepts, Inc.
Jennifer Smith, Innovative Office Solutions LLC
Zachary Quinn, Love Your Melon
Kari Rihm, Rihm Family Companies
Chris Homeister, The Tile Shop
Gwen Stanley and Michael Zenk, Venture Bank

Since its founding in 1986, this EY marketing program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities where EY has a presence, and in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California.

The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include Padilla, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton, Pohlad Companies and ThreeBridge Solutions.

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 over 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Learn more at ey.com/eoy.

About EY’s Growth Markets Network

EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/sgm or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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