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Welcome to the Central Midwest program

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, and as we kick off our search for the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, we invite you to nominate someone in your community, or even yourself, to be named among the next generation of legacy builders. Since 1986, EY has honored the entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have benefited us all.

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are men and women, old and young, educated in the Ivy League and at the School of Hard Knocks. This much about them is consistent, however: They are visionaries. They are people of passion. And they have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none existed before.

If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in your community – or are one yourself – submit a nomination for our Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Program. Applications will be accepted until March 18, 2016. Contact Jim Kowitz for access to the online application site or to download the nomination materials.

Key program dates

Nominations deadline
March 18, 2016

Finalists announced
April 21, 2016

Finalist receptions
May 5, 2016 | St. Louis, MO
May 6, 2016 | Kansas City, MO

Awards gala
Thursday, June 16, 2016 | Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 16-20, 2016
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Central Midwest award recipients. click here for a full listing and profiles on this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

Central Midwest 2015 Award Winners

Contact us

Have a question about our program? We'd love to hear from you!


Jim Kowitz
Program Manager
+1 612 371 8301


Dave Anderson
Kansas City, Missouri
Partner host

Central Midwest Partner host Tim Fagan

Tim Fagan
St. Louis, Missouri
Partner host


Mike Hickenbotham
St. Louis, Missouri
Partner host