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2014 judging panel

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past 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.


MW_Carbone_judge_100x100 Paul Carbone
Paul is the Managing Partner of Pritzker Group Private Capital, an investment firm led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker, which acquires and grows North America-based middle-market companies.  He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and several civic, cultural and charitable organizations, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Carbone Cancer Center, Misericordia Endowment Fund, Chicago History Museum and University of Chicago Medical Center.
Upper Midwest award winner Michael Gauthier Michael Gauthier
Michael Gauthier is president and co-founder of Gauthier Biomedical.  Founded in 2000, Gauthier Biomedical is a manufacturer of high-quality instruments for spine, trauma, hip, shoulder, knee, ankle and small bone surgical applications.  Michael and his wife Stacy were co-winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Medical Technology Award.
Midwest judge Paul Grangaard Paul Grangaard
Paul Grangaard is President and CEO of Allen Edmonds Corporation. Previously, Paul spent 3 years as a partner at Goldner Hawn Private Equity, 19 years in senior executive positions and consumer industry investment banking at Piper Jaffray Incorporated and 6 years at The First National Bank of Chicago. Paul received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Upper Midwest Retail & Consumer Products Award.
Midwest Judge: Grissom Douglas Grissom
Douglas Grissom is a Managing Director on the Madison Dearborn Partners Telecom, Media & Technology Services team. Prior to joining Madison Dearborn Partners, Douglas was with Bain Capital, Inc. in private equity, McKinsey & Company, Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Asurion Corporation, Cbeyond, Inc., Fieldglass, Inc., Children’s Inner City Educational Fund, City Year of Chicago and METROsquash.
Midwest: Glenn Lyon Glenn Lyon
Glenn Lyon is Chairman and CEO of The Finish Line, Inc. Prior to Finish Line, he was President and CEO of women’s apparel retailer, Paul Harris Stores, Inc. and spent more than a decade as General Merchandise Manager for TJX and Ormond Stores, Inc. Glenn received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Retail & Consumer Products Award.
Central Midwest Judge: Reynolds James Reynolds, Jr.
James Reynolds, Jr. is co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital Markets, a global investment banking and brokerage firm and the largest minority-owned investment banking firm in the US. James participates as a board member of several organizations, including Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The University of Chicago Hospitals. He was the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Midwest Financial Services Award winner.
Midwest: Jai Shekhawat Jai Shekhawat
Jai is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Fieldglass, which makes the world's most widely used cloud platform for the procurement of contract labor and services. Under his leadership, the Fieldglass platform has grown globally with users in 70+ countries, multiple languages and currencies, and more than $20 billion in annual spend. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago, is a Board Member of METROsquash and is a founding member of the FireStarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago start-ups. He was the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Technology Award winner.

Doug Waggoner
Doug Waggoner has served as Chief Executive Officer of Echo Global Logistics since 2006 and has contributed to making Echo a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC), a new organization emerging out of World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.  Doug was also EY's Emerging Entrepreneur Award Winner for the Midwest in 2009.