Entrepreneurs change the world

Todd E. Novak, Midwest Program Director, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Todd E. Novak, Midwest Program Director, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious business award programs, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards celebrate gravity-defying innovators who build and run great companies. This June, we gather here and in 24 other cities across the U.S. to honor all of our regional finalists and welcome the award recipients from the class of 2013 into our Hall of Fame.

Entrepreneurs change the world and make it a better place to work and live. We honor them for their fortitude and resilience, and we celebrate their ability to forge new markets, navigate uncharted territory and fuel economic growth.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists and winners for their unyielding pursuit of business excellence. We are honored to share their inspiring stories with you.

Todd E. Novak

Midwest program director


Consumer Products and Services


Chris Clawson, Life Fitness


Bob Keller, Escalade Inc.

Howard Stillman, Level 6 Corp.

Tom Mazzetta, The Mazzetta Co. LLC

Emerging Entrepreneur


Al Goldstein, Pangea Properties


John Barnicle, Doug Lee, Richard Knight, Scott Kell, Jim Brewer and Tony Hiller – Peerless Network Inc.

Matt Matros, Protein Bar

Brian Spaly, Trunk Club

Family Business Award of Excellence


Jim Sartori and Jeff Schwager, Sartori Co.

Financial Services


Hugh McKean Jones IV, BankersAccuity


Judson Bergman, Envestnet

Theodore L. Koenig, Monroe Capital LLC

Health Care


Dr. Stuart Bernsen, Chiro One Wellness Centers


J.P. Fingado, API Healthcare

Michael S. Butler, Life Spine, Inc.

Jason Beans, Rising Medical Solutions

T. Scott Law, Zotec Partners

Industrial Distribution


Paul Jones, A.O. Smith Corporation


Warren Young, Acme Industries Inc.

Todd Berger, Transportation Solutions Enterprises

Peter C. Anthony, UGN Inc.

Private Equity/Venture Capital Backed


Brandon Cruz and Clint Jones, GoHealth


Daphne Preuss, Chromatin Inc.

Scott Harris, Revolution Dancewear

Zachary Boca and Daniel Ushman, SingleHop



Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong, @properties


Bradley J. Dannegger, ARCO/Murray National Construction Company

Michael Romano, Associated

Heather Sanderson, Overture, LLC

Michael Miles, SeatonCorp



Andrew H. Sieja, kCura


Daniel Adamany, AHEAD LLC

Chris Gladwin, Cleversafe, Inc.

Stopher Bartol, Legacy.com, Inc.



Cheryl Beebe

Douglas Grissom

Jay Radtke

Chris Dalton

Cynthia LaConte

James Reynolds, Jr.

Michael Gauthier

Laura Pearl

Jai Shekhawat

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