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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 finalists in Michigan and Northwest Ohio

Detroit, 28 May 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. The awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These finalists were selected from over 70 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 20, 2013 at the MGM Grand, Detroit.

  • Thomas Amato - President/CEO
    Metaldyne, Plymouth, MI
  • Larry Bell - Founder/President
    Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg, MI
  • John Butorac -President/CEO
    Marco’s Pizza, Toledo, OH
  • Margaret Casey - President
    The Beaumont Foundation, Royal Oak, MI
  • Dr. David Cotton - President/CEO
    Meridian Health Plan, Detroit, MI
  • Noel Cuellar - CEO
    Primera Plastics, Zeeland, MI
  • Luther Elliott - President/CEO
    Information Systems Resources, Dearborn, MI
  • David Farbman - Chairman/Founder
    OutdoorHub, Bingham Farms, MI
  • Robert Farrell - CEO/co-Owner
    SVS Vision, Mount Clemens, MI
  • Larry Freed - CEO
    ForeSee, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Tel Ganesan - President/CEO
    Kyyba, Inc., Farmington Hills, MI
  • Daniel Huang - CEO, Mophie
    Paw Paw, MI
  • Jeffrey Ishbia - Founder/Chairman of the Board, United Shore Financial, Troy, MI
  • Larry Kraft - President/CEO
    Serta Restokraft, Romulus, MI
  • David Maccagnone - Chairman/CEO
    Multi-Bank Securities, Southfield, MI
  • Walter Maisel - President/CEO
    KOSTAL of America, Troy, MI
  • Chris McCuiston - CEO/co-Founder
    Goldfish Swim School, Birmingham, MI
  • Perry Mehta - CEO
    FutureNet Group, Detroit, MI
  • Yan Ness - co-CEO
    Online Tech, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Wayne Oom - CFO/co-Founder
    TerraTrike, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Peter Orr - President/co-Founder
    MedHub, Dexter, MI
  • Joseph Papa - Chairman/President/CEO
    Perrigo, Allegan, MI
  • Arvind Pradhan - President/CEO
    Camaco, Novi, MI
  • Amy Proos - CEO
    Proos Manufacturing, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Chuck Reid - President
    Charter House Innovations, Holland, MI
  • Andra Rush - CEO
    The Rush Group, Detroit, MI
  • Marie Seipenko - President/CEO
    Preferred Solutions, Northville, MI
  • Ken Stann - President, CFO, co-Owner
    SVS Vision, Mount Clemens, MI
  • Michael Stenberg - Founder/President/CEO
    Dr. Shrink, Manistee, MI
  • Pam Turkin - Founder
    Just Baked, Livonia, MI
  • David Wathen - President/CEO
    TriMas Corp, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Jack Wiswell - CEO/co-Founder
    TerraTrike, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Wayne Wudyka - CEO
    Clean Brands, Berkley, MI

Collectively, these companies have experienced an average revenue growth of 63% over the past three years. They have also seen the number of people they employ rise by over 60% in the same period.

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. 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 Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio local sponsors include: RBS Citizens/Charter One Bank, Foley & Lardner, Steelcase/Turnstone, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Tanner Friedman, Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, New Paradigm Promotional Marketing, Crain’s Detroit Business and WJR News/Talk 760.

About EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides 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, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.

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