Randall L. Tavierne

Sunday, 25 June 2006 20:00

20 years and thriving

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.

Thursday, 23 June 2005 20:00

Honoring entrepreneurship

Congratulations to all of the finalists in the Illinois Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award program.

Ernst & Young created the Entrepreneur Of The Year award -- the Award for Business Leadership -- to honor the accomplishments of the great men and women who make our economy vibrant. I continue to be amazed and encouraged by the entrepreneurial business achievements that I encounter.

Each year, 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 those around them. Again this year, the individuals we honor are no exception.

For the past 19 years, we have proudly recognized outstanding business leaders across Illinois. This year's Illinois 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 consider too risky.

They are leaders rather than followers. We are inspired by their achievements.

As we look toward tomorrow's entrepreneurs, join us in congratulating the leaders of today, innovators who have achieved their American dream. The following pages highlight those individuals who pursued this coveted distinction.

Congratulations on your continued success.

Randall L. Tavierne is Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Illinois director and a partner at Ernst & Young LLP.

Monday, 25 June 2007 20:00

Driven to succeed

Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists and winners in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lake Michigan Area award program. Ernst & Young created the Entrepreneur Of The Year® (EOY) award — the Award for Business Leadership — to honor the accomplishments of the great men and women who make our economy vibrant.

Growing companies are vitally important to us. They create jobs, support their communities, and provide products and services that help drive the economy. It is hard to imagine where we would be today without the entrepreneurs who create growth companies. They are the visionaries and the risk-takers who believe in their dreams and refuse to be denied. Rather than follow in the footsteps of others, entrepreneurs choose instead to lead, to take the road less traveled.

For the past 21 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 and personal sacrifice, and they have 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.

Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Markets practice is the leader in serving the Russell 3000, high-growth private companies, companies with significant investments from venture capital or private equity firms, and companies planning to go public. We are committed to serving the entrepreneurial companies throughout their lifecycle. That’s why we started the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

Join us in congratulating the leaders of today — innovators that have achieved their American dream. We, along with our sponsors and patrons, continue to be inspired and encouraged by the entrepreneurial business achievements of our nominees. 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 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year director, Midwest Area Strategic Growth Markets leader and partner at Ernst & Young LLP.