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14 Aug 2020 Chicago, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Midwest Award Finalists

Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world

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Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Midwest Award. The Midwest program celebrates entrepreneurs from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors successful business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain groundbreaking companies that transform our world. These 22 business leaders were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges from a competitive pool of nominations.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual event in early October and will join the ranks of a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support to their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.

The 2020 Midwest finalists are:

  • Megan Glover | (Zionsville, Indiana)
  • Bill Fenech | Barletta Boat Company LLC (Bristol, Indiana)
  • Dave Durand | Best Version Media (Brookfield, Wisconsin)
  • Tony Iannessa | BIG Construction (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Justin Christian | BCforward (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Maria Christopoulos Katris | Built In (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Rachel Neill | Carex Consulting Group (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • James Mabie | Chicago Capital (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Arnav Dalmia and Shivani Jain | Cubii (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Raj Gupta | ESD (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Ahmed Shaaban | Fulcrum Global Technologies (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Justin Holland | HealthJoy (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Ekamdeep Singh | IKIO LED Lighting (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Kimberly Moore | KDM Engineering, PLLC (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Matt Kunkel | LogicGate, Inc. (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Mihail Mihaylov | Montway Auto Transport (Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Jace Mouse | PerkSpot (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Mike McTaggart | QuestFood Management Services (Lombard, Illinois)
  • John Redmond | Redmond Construction Corp. (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Greg Fenton | RedShelf (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Nick Deeter | WishBone Medical (Warsaw, Indiana)

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Finalists were evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world.

“Our finalists have been carefully selected for their grit, persistence and ambition coupled with care and concern for their employees, companies and other stakeholders,” said Ram Ramanan, EY’s Midwest Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director. “Now more than ever, we need unstoppable entrepreneurs to inspire innovation, fuel growth and deliver long-term value for their communities and lead us to what’s next.”   

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

Midwest Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2019, 9 entrepreneurs leading companies from the Midwest were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest award winner, Brad Keywell of Uptake Technologies, Inc. (IL), went on to be the 2019 Overall US Winner and was also named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest program, please visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

In the Midwest, sponsors also include LaSalle Network, Cresa, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education and 1871.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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