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Meet the 2018 finalists

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 finalists have a lot to celebrate. They've built their dream companies. Expanded. Innovated. And now, EY is recognizing them for their achievements. Help us congratulate these outstanding entrepreneurs. Join us at this year's event and see who will take home top honors.


 


Joe Hessling
CEO
365 Retail Markets
Troy, Michigan

Jim Teets
President and CEO
ADAC Automotive
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Joey Agree
President and CEO
Agree Realty Corporation
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Asad Malik
CEO and President
Amerilodge Group
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Ann Vidro
Co-Owner
Creative Studio Promotions
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Menda Wright
Co-Owner
Creative Studio Promotions
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rick Blake
President
Edgewater Automation
St. Joseph, Michigan

Jason Wenk
CEO
FormulaFolio Investments
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pete Ruppert
Founder and CEO
Fusion Education Group
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Damien Rocchi
CEO and Founder
Grand Circus Detroit LLC
Detroit, Michigan

Franco Bianchi
President and CEO
Haworth, Inc.
Holland, Michigan

Mark Hatfield
Chief Executive Officer
HECO, Inc.
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jeanne Jeup
Co-founder
Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE)
Northville, Michigan

Matt O'Bryan
President and CEO
KLA Laboratories, Inc.
Dearborn, Michigan

Thiru Ganesan
President and CEO
Kyyba, Inc.
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Larry Brinker, Jr.
President
L.S. Brinker Company
Detroit, Michigan

Brad Oleshansky
CEO
M1 Concourse, LLC
Pontiac, Michigan

Doug Callahan
President and Owner
MMI Engineered Solutions, Inc.
Saline, Michigan

Ronia Kruse
President and CEO
OpTech, LLC
Troy, Michigan

Ron Alvesteffer
President and CEO
Service Express, Inc.
Grand Rapids, Ohio

Danny Ellis
CEO
SkySpecs
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jonathan Bendes
Vice President of Engineering
SkySpecs
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tom Brady
Chief Technology Officer
SkySpecs
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bob Howell
President and CEO
SSOE, Inc.
Toledo, Ohio

Pete Douglas
President
The Douglas Company
Holland, Ohio

Birgit Klohs
President and CEO
The Right Place, Inc.
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jake Sigal
CEO and Founder
Tome, Inc.
Royal Oak, Michigan

Bill Reminder
President and CEO
Truck Hero, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rifino Valentine
President and Founder
Valentine Distilling Co.
Ferndale, Michigan