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03 May 2022  | Detroit, MI, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Finalists

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed.

The 2022 Michigan and Northwest Ohio finalists are:

  • Greg Williams | Acrisure | Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Zach Booker | ADHD Online LLC | Grandville, Michigan
  • Lynn Perenic | Argent Tape and Label Inc. | Plymouth, Michigan
  • Brian Wenzel | Atwell, LLC | Southfield, Michigan
  • Damon Henry | Centrois LLC dba KORTX | Berkley, Michigan
  • Doug Schwartz | Detroit Wick / Trip Wipes | Detroit, Michigan
  • Stephanie Burnley | Devon Industrial Group | Detroit, Michigan
  • Michael Ambrose, M.D. | DocNetwork | Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • John Sammut and Jochen Lipp | Firstronic, LLC | Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Marcus Lewis | Full View Productions | Detroit, Michigan
  • Gideon Pfeffer | GSH Group, LLC | Clawson, Michigan
  • Saikat Dey | Guardhat, Inc. | Detroit, Michigan
  • Bryan Keller | Keller Logistics Group | Defiance, Ohio
  • Tim Colonnese | KTM Industries Inc. | Holt, Michigan
  • Frederick Cauley | Lee Industrial Contracting | Pontiac, Michigan
  • Barbara Yolles-Ludwig | Ludwig Plus LLC | Bingham Farms, Michigan
  • Nezar Akeel | MAXPRO Fitness | Rochester, Michigan
  • Ken Hopkins | Neapco Holdings, LLC | Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Dan Jaraczewski | R & E Automated | Romeo, Michigan
  • Jason Harper | RXA, LLC | Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Marc Schupan | Schupan & Sons, Inc. | Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Ime Ekpenyong, Ph.D. | SGRX | Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
  • Joe Zago | The Carpet Guys | Troy, Michigan
  • Daryl Adams | The Shyft Group | Novi, Michigan
  • Katie Balash | Vaughan Industries, Inc. | Detroit, Michigan
  • Kurt Steckling and Jason Vazzano | Vectorform LLC | Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Shaya Baum | Wing Lake Capital Partners LLC | Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Saber Ammori | Wireless Vision, LLC | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Mike Harris | Worksighted | Holland, Michigan

The finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges and evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

“The 2022 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are the next class in an impressive line of unstoppable visionaries. They have a mindset that drives them to strive for more and an unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities,” said Joe Lenglet, EY Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio program co-director.

“These finalists have been carefully selected by our independent panel of judges and have shown us that ambition, courage, ingenuity and empathy are key to driving change. We are thrilled to share their inspiring stories,” added Laura Trosper, EY Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio program co-director.

The regional finalists will be recognized and winners will be announced at the Michigan and Northwest Ohio awards celebration on June 23, 2022 at One Campus Martius in Detroit. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings 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 2023.

For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners have exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other members of the entrepreneurial community in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio program, please visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Donnelley Financial Solutions, Trion Solutions Inc., Foley & Lardner LLP, and Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications.

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. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.

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