Driven to succeed Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2007

It can be a long way from inspiration to success in building and growing a business, with plenty of obstacles and challenges along the path to slow the progress of even the most innovative individual. But successful entrepreneurs know that the well-traveled road rarely leads to prosperity. Rather than follow in the footsteps of others, entrepreneurs choose instead to lead — to forge a new trail.

They are the remarkable men and women with the vision, determination and leadership to create the companies that produce new products, new jobs, new opportunities and new wealth. Ernst & Young created the Entrepreneur Of The Year® (EOY) award, the Award for Business Leadership, in 1986 to honor the accomplishments of the great men and women who drive our economy forward.

For the past 21 years, we have proudly recognized outstanding business leaders from across Eastern Michigan and Northwest Ohio. 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 the people around them. The 2007 finalists are no exception.

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 average people consider too risky.

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

Congratulations on your continued success.

FRANK MASELLI is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year director and a partner with Ernst & Young LLP.