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EY announces finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2014 in the Midwest

Chicago, 1 May 2014

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EY today announced the finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 in the Midwest. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special black-tie gala on June 18 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago. Follow news and updates on Twitter at @EY_Chicago.

The Midwest program includes companies based in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Collectively, this year's finalists generated more than $5.1 billion of revenue in 2013 and grew revenues by 22 percent between 2011 and 2013.

The finalists are:

  • Daniel Adamany, AHEAD (Chicago, Illinois)
  • David Nussear, Bluffton Motor Works (Bluffton, Indiana)
  • Brad Wilson, Brad's Deals (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Daphne Preuss, Chromatin, Inc. (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Craig Vodnik, cleverbridge, Inc. (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Tim McEnery, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants (Countryside, Illinois)
  • Jerry Jendusa, EMTEQ (New Berlin, Wisconsin)
  • Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences Corporation (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Timothy Walbert, Horizon Pharma (Deerfield, Illinois)
  • Tim Beaudin, IndCor Properties (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Jim Hallett, KAR Auction Services (Carmel, Indiana)
  • Howard Stillman, Level 6 (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Paul Turner, Mainstreet (Carmel, Indiana)
  • Robert Kamphuis, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. (Mayville, Wisconsin)
  • Tomas Morales, Morales Group, Inc (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Glenn Trout, MSDSonline (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Steve Sarowitz, Paylocity Corporation (Arlington Heights, Illinois)
  • Matthew Matros, Protein Bar (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer, Shred415 (Chicago, Illinois)
  • John Schwan, Solstice Mobile (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Cary Wood, Sparton Corporation (Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Justyn Howard, Sprout Social (Chicago, Illinois)
  • James Cutillo, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Kristi Ross and Tom Sosnoff, tastytrade (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Patrick Allin, Textura Corporation (Deerfield, Illinois)
  • Todd Berger, Transportation Solutions Enterprises (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Mary Davenport, TransTech IT Staffing (Itasca, Illinois)
  • Peter Anthony, UGN, Inc. (Tinley Park, Illinois)
  • John Barnard, Brad Lawson and Tim Tichenor, YourEncore (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Midwest, sponsors include LaSalle Network, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and Smart Business magazine. Local sponsors include The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and The Big Picture.

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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets
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