EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

Florida regional awards

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Honoring world-class entrepreneurs for 29 years

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

As the first truly global award program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards in more than 145 cities and 60 countries.

Participation in the Entrepreneur Of The Year program puts you in touch with other high-growth business builders. Because the program attracts thousands of founders and CEOs of high-growth companies, you will have a powerful opportunity to build relationships with an elite group. This program offers invaluable one-on-one interaction opportunities with an audience of top executives.

There are 25 regional programs. All award recipients are honored  in June and move forward to compete for national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in November.

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Key dates

The application period is now closed

Finalist receptions
All are 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11, 2015 – Jacksonville
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Orlando
Monday, May 18, 2015 – Tampa
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – South Florida

Florida Awards gala (black-tie)
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate, FL 33896

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 11-15, 2015
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260


Congratulations to all of our Florida award recipients who competed against 250+ companies from all across the United States on Saturday, November 15, 2014 for the title of US Entrepreneur Of The Year. A special congratulation goes out to the following individuals!

To see the complete list of US award recipients, please click here.

2014 National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists
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Emerging

 Bobby Harris, President and CEO – BlueGrace Logistics

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Financial Services

John Kanas, Chairman and CEO – BankUnited

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Real Estate, Construction and Lodging

Kevin Sheehan, President and CEO – Norwegian Cruise Lines



Did you know?

The Florida program includes the entire state of Florida. We've participated in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program since 1986 and have had many of our regional winners go on to win national awards. One Florida award recipient, Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., was named World Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2005.  Click here to learn more about the benefits of participation in this exciting program.