Entrepreneur Of The Year Southeast program
National awards gala at the
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award™ Recipients for Southeast Region
Award recipients to participate in the EY Strategic Growth Forum and national award program
June 6, 2013 – EY announced at a black tie gala on June 6 the award recipients of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award for the Southeast, which includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The prestigious award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Southeast finalists announced
EY is pleased to announce the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists for the Southeast program. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel. The award recipients will be announced at a gala event on June 6, 2013 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel.
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2013 panel of judges
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.
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Maximizing the value of our programs for our nominees, judges, sponsors and alumni is always top of mind for EY. This year we unified two of our exceptional regional programs: the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee and Carolinas programs into one Southeast program. Our goal was to:
- Broaden the pool of nominees
- Provide additional branding opportunities
- Increase the value to Entrepreneur Of The Year nominees, judges, sponsors and alumni
We’re excited about our new Southeast program and look forward to a tremendous 2013 program year.
Realize the benefits of participation
Participation in the awards process elevates your company’s brand awareness, which contributes to valuable network-building in your local business community and beyond.
Award recipients become members of the Winners Network, an online community of leading entrepreneurs who can share experiences and become powerful business connections. The Winners Network also has the opportunity to influence public policy and tackle complex problems as one of the most prestigious organizations of entrepreneurs in the world.
Who is eligible?
Successful entrepreneurs, whether company founders or current leaders, take businesses to the next level. They find creative ways to acquire the capital and resources they need to achieve their goals and build and grow a business. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes these men and women who put everything on the line to turn an idea into a viable, sustainable enterprise.
An Entrepreneur Of The Year nominee must be an owner or manager of a private or public company with primary responsibility for the recent performance of the company, as well as be an active member of top management. The nominee’s company must be at least two years old for Emerging category candidates (companies two to five years old) and three years or older for all other categories. Non-founding entrepreneurs are also eligible if the individual manages the business and assumes the associated risks.
How award recipients are chosen
Entrepreneur Of The Year nominees are evaluated by an independent panel of judges in each nominee’s region. The judges are past award recipients and business and community leaders. They know what it takes to be an outstanding entrepreneur and what measures really matter when selecting award recipients in various categories.
The business an entrepreneur creates, how successful it has been, its everyday employee practices and its impact on the community are among the factors that contribute to the selection of Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients. The following are also essential criteria:
- Vision: creating or improving a business concept and implementing it effectively
- Leadership: demonstrating the focus and strength of character that enable an entrepreneur to move forward — and inspire a team to do the same — despite skepticsand obstacles
- Achievement: driving business success by going beyond developing an idea to continual innovation in order to generate new ideas
- Social responsibility: knowing that commitment and responsibility aren’t confined to business and leveraging
New for 2013 is the Family Business Award of Excellence (FBA). the Family Business Award of Excellence recognizes leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families with a culture and tradition of successfully balancing business and family issues, growing the business through innovation and contributions through philanthropic or social engagement. The families support these traditions with sustainable, long-term strategies that include effective and transparent corporate governance.
Recipients of the regional FBA will then be considered for the National Family Business Award of Excellence.
Over the last 27 years, EY has recognized more than 8,000 entrepreneurial leaders in business through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. Today, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program spans more than 140 cities and 50 countries worldwide.
Programs seek nominees to compete in their geographical region and are evaluated by an independent panel of judges. Each spring, the business community comes together to nominate and celebrate finalists and winners. These honorees not only create and build market–leading businesses, but also help take the standard of excellence to new heights, transform the face of industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of communities.
The regional winners then compete for the EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, announced at an annual black-tie gala in Palm Springs, California.