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7 Oct 2020 Salt Lake City, US

EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Utah Region Award

EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Utah Region

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EY builds on three decades of honoring unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Utah Region

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Utah Region Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The Utah Region program celebrates entrepreneurs from Utah, Idaho, & Wyoming. This group of unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders transforming our world was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. Utah Region award winners were unveiled during the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 6, 2020.

“Every year I’m surprised and delighted by the ingenuity shown by the amazing entrepreneurs in the Utah Region,” said Shawn Goff, EY Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Utah Region Program Director. “This year’s group of winners have had to overcome unprecedented challenges and we at EY are thrilled to be celebrating their countless accomplishments and contributions.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Utah Region Award are:

  • Derrick Porter, CEO I Beauty Industry Group
  • Stephan Jacob, Founder and COO I Cotopaxi
  • Davis Smith, Founder and CEO I Cotopaxi
  • Brock Blake, Co-Founder and CEO I Lendio
  • Trent Miskin, Co-Founder and CGO I Lendio
  • Scott Gromer, CEO I Mesa Natural Gas Solutions
  • Carol Hollowell, Executive Director I Switchpoint Community Resource Center
  • Brad Bonham, CEO, I Walker Edison
  • Matt Davis, COO I Walker Edison
  • David Arnold, Co-Founder and CEO I Wavetronix
  • Michael Jensen, Co-Founder I Wavetronix
  • Erin Bradley, Founder and CEO I ZYIA Active

Nominees 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.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards, to be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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 entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives.

Salt Lake City Region Focus

Each year, EY US showcases successful entrepreneurs from 20 regional competitions across the United States. In 2020, 12 entrepreneurs leading companies from the Utah Region were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in the Utah Region include Karl Sun of Lucid Software, Aaron Skonnard of Pluralsight, Jeremy Andrus of Traeger Grills, Crystal Maggelet of FJ Management, Tim Sullivan of, and many others.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Utah Region program, please visit . Join the conversation on social media using #EOYUS and #EOYSLC.


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 Utah Region, sponsors also include Diversified Insurance Group, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, Silicon Slopes, Truss, and The Community Foundation of Utah.

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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