30 years of ingenuity
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 11, 2016. Click here to access the online application site or download the nomination materials.
Each spring, the business community comes together to celebrate regional semifinalists, finalists and winners. These honorees not only create and builds market-leading businesses, but also help take the standard of excellence to new heights, transform the face of the industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of communities.
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Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country's most innovative business leaders.
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Meet the winners
Congratulations to the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 US national awards. Click the photos below to learn more about this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.
Overall and technology
Andreas Bechtolsheim | Jayshree Ullal
Distribution and Manufacturing
Avanzar Interior Technologies, LTD
Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources
Eric Dee Long
Andrew D. Peykoff II
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Alfred P. West, Jr.
Media, Entertainment and Communications
Real Estate and Construction
Retail and Consumer Products
Reade Fahs | Bruce Steffey
National Vision, Inc.
Y. Michele Kang