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EY announces winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 South Central Ohio & Kentucky Award

Cincinnati, 19 June 2014

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EY is pleased to announce the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM Award in the South Central Ohio & Kentucky. 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 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown Cincinnati.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Rich Mitchell, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for South Central Ohio & Kentucky. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 South Central Ohio & Kentucky Award winners are:

Denise E. Spalding & Jennifer L. Eberle, President & Vice President
Allegra Marketing Services

Lyle Donan, President & Owner
Donan

Andy Nielsen, President & CEO
Everything But The House

Richard A. Graeter, President & CEO
Graeter’s Manufacturing Company

Brett Kaufman, CEO
Kaufman Development

Scott Kooken, President
Links Unlimited

Philip R. Derrow, President & CEO
Ohio Transmission Corporation

Roland Valdes Jr., Ph.D., President
PGXL Laboratories

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 Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM Award.
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.

Sponsors
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 South Central Ohio & Kentucky sponsors include Frost Brown Todd, PNC, CincyTech, Cincinnati Business Courier, Columbus Business First, Louisville Business First and Topic Design.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM
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
EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
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