Nominations close March 10 for 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards

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DENVER -- EY announced nominations are open for its annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, considered one of the most prestigious business award programs in the U.S.

Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur of the Year remains one of the preeminent competitive awards program in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.EY_logoUSE

The initiative is part of EY’s work in identifying and supporting business leaders who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment.

Since inception, EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year program has recognized more than 9,000 executives who were estimated to have created over 14 million jobs in 2015 alone, based on the recently released The Entrepreneur’s Purpose.

Broken down further, the 2016 class of EOY winners collectively employed more than 482,000 people and boasted significant job growth of more than 21 percent. They also generated revenue of over $354 billion, with revenue growth exceeding 57 percent, EY said.

Most recently, Bill Marriott Jr. of Marriott International won the 2016 National award. Founded as a family business with just one hotel in 1957, Marriott challenged his father to let him to step in and grow the business.

Following his entrepreneurial calling for the next 60 years culminated in the visionary acquisition of Starwood and building one of the best hotel brands in more than 100 countries around the world. Marriott headlined a class of exceptional entrepreneurs, who were recognized in 10 other categories.

Other past winners include: • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company • Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc. • Mindy Grossman of HSN • Robert Unanue of Goya Foods • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn • Hamid Moghadam of Prologis • Jodi Berg of Vita-Mix • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani • Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear • James Park of Fitbit Mountain Desert region

Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from 25 regional competitions across the U.S. In 2016, 11 entrepreneurs leading companies from the Mountain Desert region were selected as EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award winners.

Select past award winners in Mountain Desert region include Rob Katz of Vail Resorts; Mike Fries of Liberty Global; Paul Berberian of Sphero; Nancy Phillips of ViaWest; Bryan Leach of Ibotta; Dan Burns and Dan Wilson of Optiv; Kristy Taddonio Mullins of Mile Hi; Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company; Dan Caruso of Zayo Group. Information is available at

For information on the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Mountain Desert region that includes Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, visit

To nominate a candidate, visit the secure application site. Awards Criteria & Judging Process Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs.

Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee.

The firm deadline for 2017 nominations is March 10, 2017.

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders.

Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders. Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas, Merrill Corporation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Mountain Desert region, local sponsors include Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Colliers International, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co and the Denver Business Journal.

For more information, contact Courtney Story at [email protected] or 720-931-4411.