20 years and thriving Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2006
Congratulations to all of the nominees and finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lake Michigan Area award program. Ernst & Young created the Entrepreneur Of The Year(r) (EOY) award — the Award for Business Leadership — to honor the accomplishments of the great men and women who make our economy vibrant.

As we celebrate your stories, we along with our sponsors and patrons continue to be inspired and encouraged by the entrepreneurial business achievements that you share in this program.

Entrepreneurs make the world go around. Entrepreneurs see the possibilities for change and make it happen. They are the visionaries, the risk-takers, the people who so believe in their dreams that they refuse to be denied.

They develop new technologies, create faster ways to distribute goods and services, and improve the quality of life for people around them. Again this year, the individuals we honor are no exception.

For the past 20 years, we have proudly recognized outstanding business leaders across the Lake Michigan Area program. This year’s Illinois, Indiana, West Michigan and Wisconsin participants have succeeded through turbulent economic times, personal sacrifice, and emerged stronger than ever.

They’re driven by accomplishment. They have defined sustainability. They’re not afraid to take risks and can see beyond them.

Join us in congratulating the leaders of today, innovators that have achieved their American dream. The following pages highlight those individuals who pursued this coveted distinction. Ernst & Young is proud to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the people who make this country great.

Congratulations on your continued success.

Randall L. Tavierne is at partner and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Director. Reach him at randall.tavierne@ey.com.