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Entrepreneur of the Year in Luxembourg: the six finalists just unveiled!

Luxembourg, 8 November 2013

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As announced on 24 June 2013 during a press conference, EY Luxembourg is organizing this year, for the fourth time in Luxembourg the Entrepreneur of the Year competition, which aims at awarding the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation and at unveiling the exceptional  story of entrepreneurs, women and men, based in Luxembourg.

Today, the jury of this renowned competition is pleased to congratulate the six finalists of this fourth edition of the Entrepreneur of the Year in Luxembourg’s competition, who are as follows (see the appendices for more details):

  • Ada and Olivier Amengual
  • René Elvinger
  • Norbert Friob
  • Ferdinand Hein et Pierre Thein
  • René Grosbusch
  • Christiane Wickler

This nomination is the result of a rigorous selection process of all the candidates to the Entrepreneur of the Year award, who had the opportunity, for those who were selected, to meet the EY professionals, who helped them establish a personalized diagnostic of their companies before providing the members of an independent jury with their sound business cases.

The independent jury of the « Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award » chaired this year by Robert Dennewald, President of FEDIL, is composed of:

Gary Kneip – Confédération Luxembourgeoise du Commerce

Tom Theves – Ministry of Economy

Georges Muller – Fédération des Jeunes Dirigeants d’Entreprise

Jacques Lanners – Ceratizit S.A., the winner of the previous edition of the Entrepreneur of the Year in Luxembourg.

“This Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 competition promises to be an exceptional edition because of the high quality of the applications this year. Furthermore, such a competition does not only help reveal outstanding personalities, who differentiate themselves from their talent and their sense of audacity, but it is also an exceptional individual and collective human story, which promotes the key success factors and the future potential of companies, while helping them raise their visibility and benefit from a strong media coverage”, says Alain Kinsch, Country Managing Partner of EY Luxembourg.

“With regard to this outstanding edition, it was particularly hard for our jury members to select the six finalists this year. This is particularly the reason why we have decided to complement the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award, which will officially be announced in less than a month, with a “Special Jury Award” presented by BGL BNP Paribas Wealth Management, adds Robert Dennewald, Chaiman of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 edition.

Yves Even, EY Partner in charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year program in Luxembourg explains that “EY is very proud to organize this Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 edition in collaboration with Audi, BGL BNP Paribas and Le Foyer, who are this year’s official sponsors, and also supported by the Ministry of Economy, the Fédération des Jeunes Dirigeants d’Entreprise, the FEDIL Association, the Confédération Luxembourgeoise du Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg.

With its Entrepreneur of the Year program, EY aspires to celebrate the entrepreneurs’ talent in Luxembourg and to reward those who distinguish themselves with their entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, an ingenious and sustainable development strategy, an outstanding financial performance and with a relevant HR and organization management. As the key drivers of growth and competitiveness, those entrepreneurs feed on confidence and cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit”.

Launched in 1986 by Ernst & Young in the United States, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, known as the most prestigious award assigned to entrepreneurs coming from all over the world, has been organized in more than 140 cities, 50 countries and rewards more than 900 outstanding entrepreneurs each and every year.

The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 edition in Luxembourg will be unveiled during a prestigious gala ceremony with the presence of a special guest in the Chapito of Mondorf-les-Bains on 2 December 2013.

The winner in Luxembourg will then have the privilege of competing for the World Entrepreneur of the Year competition which will take place in June 2014 in Monte-Carlo.


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1 – Ada and Olivier Amengual (Aero S.A. (Automobile Européenne Récente d’Occasion))

Activity: Purchasing center of new or second-hand motor vehicles operating in several European countries and offering a wide range of products.

Ada and Olivier Amengual aspire to seize the opportunity offered to them by the Entrepreneur of the Year competition to carry out their expansion projects and get themselves known. Their application is also driven by their deeply-rooted ambition to succeed as a couple and thus would like to demonstrate, through this extraordinary incentive, that the dynamic approach of entrepreneurship may take on different human dimensions.

2 – René Elvinger (Cebi International S.A.)

Activity: Company mainly specializing in manufacturing products for the automotive industry but also for the household appliance industry and the industrial and residential sectors. The company is one of the global leaders in pumps and washing systems (wipers, headlamp washers) and the European leader for the temperature sensor market.

With almost 40 years of experience in the Luxembourg industry, including two years as Head of the CEBI group, René Elvinger has been a strong supporter of the attractiveness of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in terms of industrial production. Deeply committed to the development of the sector, he contributes, in addition to his daily work, to supporting and promoting the industrial sector in Luxembourg. He also advocates for high-technology and stricter quality and environmental standards. His application to the Entrepreneur of the Year competition is an opportunity for him to make a clear and unequivocal statement that finance is not the single asset of Luxembourg, the industrial production being also a key sector.

3 – Ferdinand Hein and Pierre Thein (Hein)

Activity: Hein is developing, manufacturing and distributing bakery and pastry ovens. As the fourth leading company worldwide operating in this industry, it steps aside from its competitors as it focuses on innovation and research and development. 99% of its activity is export-oriented.

Messrs. Hein and Thein work together on research and development while focusing on specific areas and geographies. They are convinced that innovation, in terms of products or marketing, is a key success factor, regardless the size of a company. The Entrepreneur of the Year competition is a unique opportunity to share their points of view.

4- René Grosbusch (Marcel Grosbusch & fils)

Activity: Purchase, storage and distribution of an exceptional range of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world.

According to René Grosbursch, the Entrepreneur of the Year competition is an opportunity to prove that we can become an entrepreneur without being necessarily a banker or a finance specialist. For him, the most important is to share his experience, his passion for the product and his passion for people.

5- Christiane Wickler (Pall center Exploitation S.A.)

Activity: Pall Center started its activities as a gas station. Then it has become a full service shopping center which includes a supermarket, a restaurant, a reception area, sports items, clothes, toys, a gas station, a bookshop, a florist and a hairdresser.

Christiane Wickler has run her family business for more than 30 years. She’s got the opportunity to develop her activities in a safe and dynamic work environment, while expanding regional trade close to the people, always ambitioning to bring them friendly places mixing all types of their desires, including shopping and food stuffs, but also fashion goods, catering and design. In brief she has brought an undeniable center of attraction to the market. According to her, as our market is evolving and reactivity is not enough, it has become essential to look for new opportunities, change our strategies all the time, admit that you may have made a mistake, but also take risks.

6 – Norbert Friob (Prefalux)

Activity: Construction company which specializes in timber engineering, including roofing and completion works.

For more than 30 years, Norbert Friob has become involved in promoting the entrepreneurial spirit at all levels of education and within our regional and national professional organizations. According to him, the Entrepreneur of the Year competition is an extraordinary incentive, which gives him the opportunity – with his experience of entrepreneur and his actions - to send out a positive message “Do not only be indignant, be committed preferably”.


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