EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Utah Region and beyond
EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Utah Region. 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 Saturday, June 15, 2019 at The Grand America Hotel, hosted by Scott Haws.
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 many successful entrepreneurs in this world, but to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way,” said Shawn Goff, Utah Region Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “EY is proud to honor the 2019 Entrepreneur Of The Year Utah Region winners who are inspiring innovation, transforming our world and fueling growth in Utah and beyond.”
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Utah Region Award winners are:
Eric Farr, Principal Executive | BrainStorm, Inc.
John Wade, Principal Executive I BrainStorm, Inc.
Consumer Products and Services
Farzad Mohebbi, Founder and President | Papa Pita Bakery
Direct to Consumer
Sandi Hendry, Owner | Minky Couture LLC
Distribution and Manufacturing
Casey Adams, President | Visible Supply Chain Management
Jared Starling, CEO I Visible Supply Chain Management
Kory Stevens, CEO | Taft
Chad Champlin, Co-founder and CEO | Roolee
Kylee Champlin, Co-founder I Roolee
Chris Conard, Regional Executive Director | Playworks Utah
Dennis Steele, Co-founder and CSO | Podium Corporation Inc.
Eric Rea, Co-founder and CEO I Podium Corporation Inc.
To learn more about the Utah Region program, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/utah_region. Join us in congratulating this year’s winners on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYSLC.
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.
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, sponsors also include Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Links Consulting, Silicon Slopes, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Community Foundation of Utah, The Summit Group, Truss and Utah Business.
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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