Meet the judges

The success of the program relies on the efforts of our independent panel of judges. These past Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award recipients and civic and community leaders devote significant effort to review and deliberate the merits of each nominee.
We deeply appreciate their dedication to this process.

Larry Brinker Jr.

Larry Brinker, Jr.
CEO
Brinker
2018 Regional award winner

Eric Erwin

Eric J. Erwin
President and CEO
FloraCraft Corporation
2020 Regional award winner

Jeanne Jeup

Jeanne Jeup
Co-Founder and President
Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
2018 Regional award winner
 

Gwen Jimmere

Gwen Jimmere 
Founder and CEO
Naturalicious
2020 Regional award winner

Matt O'Bryan

Matt O’Bryan
President and CEO
KLA Laboratories, Inc.
2018 Regional award winner

Gwen Jimmere

Brad Oleshansky
CEO
The Motor Enclave
2012 and 2018 Regional award winner
 

Chris Rizik

Chris Rizik 
Founder and CEO
Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
2017 Regional award winner

Michelle Sourie Robinson

Michelle Sourie Robinson 
President and CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Kevin Stotts

Kevin Stotts 
President
Talent 2025