This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, the world's most coveted recognition of entrepreneurial accomplishment. It's a fitting time to reflect on the remarkable people who amass the time, talent and financial resources to bring their ideas to life.
Whether they start businesses from scratch or transform existing companies into juggernauts, entrepreneurs create jobs, enrich economies, build communities and inspire us all. And they have important lessons to share.
There are few better stories of inspiration realized than the one Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, can tell. After growing Starbucks into a 16,000-store worldwide empire, and then leaving it in others' hands, Schultz returned to the helm in 2008 after an eight-year hiatus that coincided with a worrisome fall-off in results by nearly every measure.
Schultz, a 1991 Entrepreneur Of The Year, tells us why the turnaround he's engineered is about restoring the values that made Starbucks a much-admired global brand.
Henrik Fisker, co-founder of Fisker Automotive, is out to develop an environmentally friendly car that goes the distance with style and verve. Having raised a billion dollars to realize his vision, Fisker is ready to accelerate transformation in the automotive industry.
José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo, CEO of Petrobras, knows a thing or two about bold goals. Poised to overtake ExxonMobil as the world's biggest oil company, Petrobras is doubling its reserves to build a resource base for growth, and Gabrielli is increasing investment in social responsibility initiatives.
Frank Jaehnert, President and CEO of the 97-year-old Brady Corporation, likens growing a business to running a marathon: to achieve success, you must set bold goals and change behavior.
Through an unprecedented number of acquisitions, strategic marketing and R&D investments, Germany-born Jaehnert, a 2002 Entrepreneur Of The Year, tripled revenue and increased profits six-fold in just four years.
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| ||Maria Pinelli |
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