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EY announces award recipients for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Pacific Northwest Awards

Seattle, 13 June 2017

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EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest

EY is pleased to announce the award recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in the Pacific Northwest. The below group of leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award recipients, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The award recipients were unveiled at a special gala on June 9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Bellevue. Hosted by Northwest Regional Award Emmy Nominee and Q13 anchor Kaci Aitchison, the gala was attended by more than 500 of the Pacific Northwest’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

“This year’s award recipients are an incredible group of business leaders spurring unprecedented growth in our gorgeous corner of the world,” said Greg Beams, Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific Northwest Program Director. “They truly exemplify the innovative thinking, disruptive business models and dynamic leadership that make the Pacific Northwest a great place to start and grow a business.”

The award recipients for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Pacific Northwest Award are:

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation | Chad Robins, President/CEO/Co-Founder, and Harlan Robins, Head of Innovation/Founder

Apollo Video Technology | Rodell Notbohm, CEO

Holland America Group | Stein Kruse, CEO

Impinj | Chris Diorio, CEO/Co-Founder

Redapt, Inc. | Rick Cantu, CEO/Co-Founder, and David Cantu, COO/Co-Founder

Ruby Receptionists | Jill Nelson, Founder/CEO

Schmidt’s Naturals | Jaime Schmidt, Founder/Chief Product Officer, and Michael Cammarata, Chief Global Strategy Officer

These entrepreneurs now join the ranks of 31 years of Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients. As a group, the 2017 award recipients employ nearly 44,000 people and are a major source of economic stability, adding more than 6,900 jobs in the past year alone. They have an aggregate revenue of more than $8 billion, along with an outstanding year-over-year revenue growth rate of more than 40 percent.

Regional award recipients are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award recipient, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading CEOs. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award recipient then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.

To learn more about the Pacific Northwest Region program, please visit Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYPNW.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Pacific Northwest, sponsors also include Big Picture, Inc., GreenRubino, Lockton Companies, LLC and Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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