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15 Jun 2022  | Chicago, IL, US

EY Announces Award Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Midwest Award

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EY honors the most ambitious and dynamic entrepreneurs in Midwest

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Midwest Award. The Midwest program celebrates entrepreneurs from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. 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. This group of esteemed entrepreneurial leaders was selected by an independent judging panel comprised of award alumni, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders.

“EY has honored the curiosity, ingenuity, courage and drive of unstoppable entrepreneurs since 1986, and we are proud to continue the tradition again this year by celebrating this outstanding group of leaders,” said Ram Ramanan, Midwest Program Director. “Each of these entrepreneurs has persevered to make their visions become a reality, and I have no doubt that they will benefit from and serve as valuable members of our global Entrepreneur of the Year community.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Midwest Award are:

  • Coley Brady | Alliance RV | Elkhart, IN
  • Ryan Brady | Alliance RV | Elkhart, IN
  • Rashod Johnson | Ardmore Roderick | Chicago, IL
  • Steven Galanis | Cameo | Chicago, IL
  • Kathy Bolhous | Charter Next Generation | Milton, WI
  • Mahesh Rajasekharan | Cleo | Rockford, IL
  • Benjamin Weiss | Coinflip | Chicago, IL
  • Richard Burke | Envoy Global | Chicago, IL
  • Wes Schroll | Fetch Rewards | Madison, WI
  • James Kyle | Millennium | Delavan, WI
  • Patrick McGinley | Rehab Medical, Inc. | Indianapolis, IN

In addition, Dick Leinenkugel, President and Chief Beer Merchant of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Leinenkugel, who led his family-founded brewery to an audience of drinkers across the country, will retire at the end of 2022 after serving eight years as president and over 35 years in the family business.  

Winners were evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

As regional award winners, all will be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®. 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.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of an esteemed community of multi-industry award winners, granting them unlimited access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni across over 60 countries, in addition to extensive support from EY resources and other members of the entrepreneurial community.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In the Midwest, sponsors also include Becker Professional Education, Cresa Global, Inc., LaSalle Network and Marsh.

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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