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14 Jun 2019 Seattle, US

EY announces winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Award

EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond

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EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Pacific Northwest. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes business leaders who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

This group of entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were unveiled at a special gala on June 14, 2019, at the King St. Ballroom & Perch, hosted by Jim Dever of KING 5 News.

EY has recognized more than 10,000 business leaders around the world, since the inception of the program more than 30 years ago. Past winners have transformed industries, created new product categories, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn and Mindy Grossman of HSN.

“There are so many remarkable entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest, and this year’s winners have a truly unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit that has helped them build thriving, dynamic companies,” said Mark Mathewson, Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest Region Program Director. “EY is proud to honor the 2019 winners who are inspiring innovation, transforming our world and fueling growth in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Award winners are:

  • Jordan Allen, CEO | Stay Alfred (Spokane, Washington)
  • Madeline Haydon, CEO | nutpods (Bellevue, Washington)
  • Alissa Leinonen, Founder and CEO | Gourmondo Co (Seattle, Washington)
  • Chris Moore, CEO | Concord Technologies (Seattle, Washington)
  • Karl Siebrecht, Co-founder and CEO | FLEXE, Inc. (Seattle, Washington)
  • Rajeev Singh, CEO | Accolade, Inc. (Seattle, Washington)
  • Kyle Stavig, CEO | Myers Container LLC (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO | DreamBox Learning, LLC (Bellevue, Washington)

To learn more about the Pacific Northwest program, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/pnw. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYPNW.

Since its founding in 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2019.

EOY PNW Gala

EOY Pacific Northwest: above, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Pacific Northwest Region Award winners

Sponsors

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 Pacific Northwest, sponsors also include M12 and Woodruff Sawyer.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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