2013 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.
| Cheryl Beebe |
Cheryl Beebe is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global ingredient provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. She currently serves on the boards of Packaging Corporation of America and Rafhan Maize Products Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Corn Products), and she is a board member of the Chicago Network.
| Chris Dalton |
Chris Dalton is President, CEO and a founder of Acquity Group, with responsibility for overall strategic direction and company operations. His focus on strategic growth continues to be a driving factor in Acquity Group’s success, including its Advertising Age rank as one of the nation’s five largest independent agencies. Chris was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2007 and was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Midwest Technology Award.
| 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.
| 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.
| Cynthia LaConte |
Cynthia LaConte was named Dohmen’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. Dohmen is a multidivisional company focused on creating a more efficient, affordable and accessible healthcare supply system. Cynthia was the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Healthcare Sciences Award winner.
| Laura Pearl |
Laura Pearl is the Managing Director of Ceres Venture Fund, L.P., a Chicago-based venture capital fund focused on high-growth companies in the Midwest. Laura also sits on the boards of directors of several companies and regularly lectures on private equity and entrepreneurial finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
| Jay Radtke |
As a Director of Mason Wells Buyout Funds, Jay is primarily responsible for supporting the investment activities of the firm. He initiates investment opportunities, conducts due diligence, negotiates debt financings, serves on the boards of directors of portfolio companies and works with portfolio company management teams.
| 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.
| 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 over $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.