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2015 judging panel

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award winners and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee. We deeply appreciate their dedication to this process.

Central Midwest judge David Brain David Brain
David Brain is the President and CEO as well as a Board Member/Trustee of EPR Properties, an NYSE traded real estate investment trust. He co-founded the company in 1997 and served as its original CFO. He was a recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Master Award in the Central Midwest Region.
Midwest Judge Glenn Lyon John Brandmeyer
John Brandmeyer is CEO of Cognios Capital. Prior to leading Cognios, John held various senior level positions at Enturia, an industry leader in medical products. He was instrumental in building Enturia’s innovative industry leadership and formulating the negotiations that resulted in the divestiture of Enturia to Cardinal Health.
Harry Herington Harry Herington
Harry Herington is CEO and Chairman of the Board of NIC Inc. and the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Technology Award winner. NIC, the country's dominant provider of e-government online solutions, debuted at No. 20 on Forbes' list of the 25 Fastest‑Growing Companies in America.
Hillman Tom Hillman 
Tom Hillman is Managing Partner at FTL Capital, LLC, where he takes an active leadership role with each of its current portfolio companies. Tom has been involved with private business enterprises over the course of his career, during which time he’s owned more than 30 companies in a wide variety of industries.
CM_DaveSpence_100x100 Dave Spence 
Dave Spence is the CEO and majority owner of Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging and a board member at Alpha Packaging, He won the Fast Track Award from Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 2010 for Alpha Packaging as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 1999 Manufacturing Consumer Awards Award for Alpha Plastics, Inc.