Ernst & Young names Robert Little of Regency Fireplace Products the 2011 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Ernst & Young recognizes entrepreneurs who exemplify vision and innovation
(Vancouver, 6 October 2011) Robert Little, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Regency Fireplace Products — a leader in hearth product design, manufacture, and marketing — is this year’s Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® winner.
“Great entrepreneurial leaders have the drive and tenacity to generate successful ideas in the face of many obstacles,” says Ron Voyer, Pacific Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year. “While other companies were pulling back during the financial downturn, Robert honed his vision, and continued investing time and money in research and development.”
That kind of forward-looking approach can be critical to an entrepreneur’s success. Nature or nurture? Decoding the DNA of the entrepreneur, Ernst & Young’s global survey of leading entrepreneurs, found 76% of those polled cited vision as the top quality necessary to achieve success.
While Voyer agrees that true entrepreneurs are architects of their own vision, he underlines the importance of pairing that outlook with the right kind of innovation. With a keen sense of design and strong sense of consumer awareness, Little continues to reinvent the wheel and take Regency to new heights of market leadership.
His constant pursuit of perfection has resulted in some of the most unique, realistic and efficient fireplaces on the market. From the introduction of the first natural gas fireplace to the complete modernization of the industry’s distribution model, Little’s innovations have irrevocably changed the face of hearth manufacturing.
“Innovation isn’t just a best practice, it’s a mentality,” says Voyer. “It underpins the entrepreneur’s ability to turn new ideas into products and services that contribute to the bottom line. Inspired ideas like Robert’s are the fuel that turns a fast-growth company into a market leader and propels them from startup to stand-out.”
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. The Canadian program is in its 18th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award winners are chosen based on a number of factors, including their vision, leadership, financial performance and social responsibility.
Category winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Pacific Awards:
Business-to-business products and services
Allnorth Consultants Limited l Prince George
Provides engineering and consulting services to clients in the mining, pulp and paper, chemical, oil and gas, marine, transportation, power and municipal sectors.
Business-to-consumer products and services
Attila Koronczay, Boldijarre Koronczay
Éminence Organic Skin Care Inc. l Vancouver
An award-winning skin and body care provider distributing natural, organic and biodynamic products and services to the spa and wellness industry worldwide.
Alterra Power l Vancouver
Identifies, develops and operates clean power projects in a safe, reliable and efficient manner.
Vij’s Restaurant Inc. l Vancouver
Fine, modern Indian cuisine. Vij’s Rangoli is a casual modern Indian restaurant and retail store selling Vij’s Insprired Indian Cuisine, a line of pre-packaged gourmet Indian meals.
Regency Fireplace Products l Delta
Strives to be a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hearth products.
Mining and metals
First Majestic Silver Corp. l Vancouver
Committed to building a senior silver-producing mining company based on an aggressive development and acquisition plan, with a focus on Mexico.
Nicola Wealth Management Ltd. l Vancouver
A premier financial planning firm serving high-net-worth executives, business owners and incorporated individuals, offering a full-service, integrated approach to advice — from investments and insurance to estate planning and tax minimization.
Centra Construction Group Ltd. l Langley
Dr. Battery l Richmond
Leading battery distributor serving North America with high-quality batteries, battery packs and AC adapters.
Special citation – Social entrepreneur
This special citation is a unique category among the awards. It’s given in recognition of an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social change and improved people’s lives or quality of life.
Descriptive Video Works Inc. l Vancouver
Canada's leading provider of described video narration of television and feature films to broadcasters and producers, making programming accessible to blind and vision-impaired audiences.
What’s next?- 30 -
As the Pacific region’s 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year, Robert will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic region for the national honour of Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011, to be presented at a gala celebration November 23, 2011, in Toronto. In June 2012, Canada’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 will move to the world stage to compete with 50 country recipients for the title of Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year®.
About Entrepreneur of The Year
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour the spirit and contribution of entrepreneurs here and around the world. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel, which is composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2011 Pacific region judging panel consisted of Bev Briscoe, president of Briscoe Management, Ltd.; Jim Case, CEO of Travelers Financial Group; Grant Weaver, partner at Bull, Houser and Tupper LLP; Amar Doman, chairman and CEO of Canwel Building Materials Ltd.; and Ryan Beedie, president of The Beedie Group.
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
This year’s national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI. Pacific region sponsors include Canada Wide Media, the Vancouver Sun, Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours, the Royal Bank of Canada and patron sponsors the Four Seasons Hotel and UBC Sauder School of Business.
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