20 years of leadership

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program.

In our 20-year history, Ernst & Young has recognized thousands of business entrepreneurs around the country and in Northeast Ohio whose vision, leadership and record of achievement continue to impact our communities. Their drive and determination have created new ideas that have made a difference in our area.

Each year, EOY finalists and award recipients demonstrate incredible depth of character as they develop new technologies, create faster ways to distribute goods and services, and improve the quality of life for people around them.

The individuals we honor this year are no exception. These leaders have created businesses that reach into the global market and have provided us with goods and services that have not only impacted our lives but the lives of people all over the world.

This year’s EOY program participants have succeeded through turbulent economic times and emerged even stronger. As they forged ahead, they may not have listened when told it couldn’t be done, and they continue to take chances that others would consider too risky. They are leaders rather than followers, and we are inspired by their achievements.

First, congratulations to all of the entrepreneurs who have been successful throughout the award’s 20-year history. Secondly, on behalf of everyone at Ernst & Young, congratulations to the 2006 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program finalists and award recipients. The following profiles highlight those individuals who pursued this coveted distinction.

Congratulations on your continued success.

Ben Cohen is a tax partner and EOY program director for Ernst & Young LLP. Reach him at (216) 583-8852.