EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Central Midwest Awards

Kansas City, 16 June 2017

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EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Central Midwest

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Central Midwest. These leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala on Thursday, June 15 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, Mo.

“For more than three decades, EY has been recognizing talented, leading entrepreneurs,” said Scott McVicker, Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for the Central Midwest. “This year’s class of winners represents new ways of thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do business.”

The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Central Midwest Award are:

  • Allan Connolly, Aclara
  • Dan Geraty, Clearent
  • Peter Mallouk, Creative Planning
  • Donald Welge, Gilster-Mary Lee Corp.
  • Bruce Holland, Holland Construction Services
  • Marty Bicknell, Mariner Holdings, LLC
  • John Goodbrake, Master's Transportation, Inc.
  • David Johnson, Maxus Properties, Inc.

In addition to the winners listed above, David Lockton, Chairman of the Board of Lockton Companies, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lockton was recognized for his extraordinary entrepreneurial leadership, achievements and vision demonstrated through the success of Lockton Companies – the world’s largest privately held independent insurance broker.

Since its founding in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., 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 companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.


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

In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include PNC, Lathrop & Gage and Common Ground Public Relations.

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. Learn more at ey.com/eoy.

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