Honoring the best of the best

Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists and winners in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest Area program. For more than 25 years, Ernst & Young has celebrated the entrepreneurial spirit of men and women who make our economy vibrant. This has never been truer than it is today. The energy and passion from these entrepreneurs is being felt in a dramatic fashion throughout the Midwest right now. It is great to see!

Ernst & Young is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs and founded the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program to recognize those with a passion for “thinking big” and to bring together visionaries and leaders to inspire each other and our communities. We have gathered here and in 25 other cities across the United States to honor all of our regional finalists and welcome a new class of entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame, recognizing their resilience, ingenuity and innovation.

We applaud them for overcoming challenges, inspiring others, opening new markets and, ultimately, fueling economic growth in the Midwest Area. Let’s celebrate their achievements, perseverance and tireless pursuit of business excellence.

Join us in congratulating the leaders of today — those innovators that have achieved their American dream right here in the Midwest. Ernst & Young along with our sponsors continue to be inspired by the entrepreneurial success of our nominees. The following list of stories highlight those individuals who pursued and obtained the coveted distinction of an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Ernst & Young is proud to recognize and honor the accomplishments of these finalists.

Congratulations to all of the Midwest Area Finalists from Ernst & Young on your continued success.

RANDALL L. TAVIERNE is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest Area director, Midwest Area Strategic Growth Markets leader and a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Reach him at (312) 879-3695 or [email protected] or @RandallTavierne on Twitter.

2012 Honorees

EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR

Ryan Kunkel and Joe Reynolds, Red Frog

Events

Bryan Johnson, Braintree Inc.

Elliot Weissbluth,

HighTower

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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Jones, Accuity Inc.

John Pitzaferro, TransNational Bankcard

LLC

HEALTH SCIENCES

Mark Thierer, SXC Health Solutions

Corp.

Dr. Stuart Bernsen, Chiro One

Wellness Centers

Parker Hinshaw, maxIT Healthcare

MASTER ENTREPRENEUR

David

Storch, AAR Corp.

Steve Russell, Celadon Group Inc.

Gary

Rabine, The Rabine Group

TURNAROUND

John H. Weber, Remy International Inc.

Michael Werner, Gerber Plumbing

Fixtures

Cary

Wood, Sparton Corp.

PRIVATE EQUITY/ VENTURE CAPITAL

Jai

Shekhawat, Fieldglass

Dr. Daphne Preuss, Chromatin Inc.

Matt

Maloney and Mike Evans, GrubHub Inc.

Dhiraj Rajaram, Mu

Sigma

RETAIL AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS

Glenn Lyon, The Finish Line Inc.

Tim

McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Alan

Schulman, Glentronics Inc.

SERVICES

Joe

Chalhoub, Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc.

Michael

Golden and Thaddeus Wong, @properties

Michele

Honomichl, Celergo

TECHNOLOGY

Michael

Small and Jack Blumenstein, Gogo LLC

Andrew

Sieja, kCura Corp.

Jeff

Maling and Geoff Cubitt, Roundarch Isobar

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