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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award recipients in the Utah Region

Salt Lake City, 21 June 2013

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Utah Region. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at The Grand America Hotel on June 20, 2013.

The 2013 award winners are:

  • Adam Kessler, CEO, Academy Mortgage – Sandy
  • Phil Hansen, CEO, CLEARLINK – Salt Lake City
  • Stephen Neeleman, CEO & Founder, HealthEquity, Inc. – Draper
  • Kevin Plumb, CTO & Jeffrey Smith, CEO, Ingram Medical – Sandy
  • Aaron Skonnard, CEO, Pluralsight – Layton
  • Dave Bateman, CEO, Property Solutions International, Inc. – Lehi
  • Erin Trenbeath-Murray, Director, Salt Lake CAP Head Start – Salt Lake City
  • Harris Simmons, Chairman, President & CEO, Zions Bancorporation – Salt Lake City

These eight award recipient companies collectively provided a reported 14,421 jobs at the end of 2012 and generated $2.7 billion of revenue in 2012.

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.

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National 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 Ernst & Young 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 the Utah Region, local sponsors include Corporate Staging Resources, LLC, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Scherzer International, Strong & Hanni Law Firm and The Summit Group Communications.

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
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About EY
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