EY announces winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Upper Midwest Award
Minneapolis, 14 June 2012 — Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in the Upper Midwest. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 14, 2012, at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 26 years,” said Bill Miller, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Minnesota and the Dakotas. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”The Upper Midwest region includes companies based in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Upper Midwest Award are:
Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation – Paul Grangaard (Port Washington, WI)
Dohmen – Cynthia LaConte (Milwaukee, WI)
Gauthier Biomedical, Inc. – Michael and Stacy Gauthier (Grafton, WI)
Generac – Aaron Jagdfeld (Waukesha, WI)
Infinite Campus, Inc. – Charlie Kratsch (Blaine, MN)
Mortgagebot LLC – Scott T. Happ (Mequon, WI)
Proto Labs, Inc. – Brad Cleveland and Larry Lukis (Maple Plain, MN)
TCF Financial Corporation – William A. Cooper (Wayzata, MN)
Tornier, Inc. – Douglas W. Kohrs (Edina, MN)
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the national level. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Regional sponsors for the Upper Midwest program include ManpowerGroup, Padilla Speer Beardsley and Twin Cities Business. Locally, the program is sponsored by Quarles & Brady LLP, Lockton Companies, Faegre Baker Daniels and the Pohlad Companies.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.
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