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EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Upper Midwest Awards

EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Upper Midwest

Minneapolis, June 9 EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the

Upper Midwest. These leading entrepreneurs were selected by an independent judging panel made up of

previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were

unveiled at a black-tie gala on June 8 in Minneapolis.

"EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades," said Joe McCarney, Entrepreneur Of

The Year Program Director for the Upper Midwest. "The class of winners in 2017 represent new ways of

thinking, disruptive business models and overall dynamism that make this country a great place to do


The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Upper Midwest Award include:

· Tony Jacobson, AllOver Media

· Joel Conner, Bellisio Foods, Inc.

· Ben Gray, Jeff Gray and Scott Gray, Creative Apparel Concepts, Inc.

· Jennifer Smith, Innovative Office Solutions LLC

· Zachary Quinn, Love Your Melon

· Kari Rihm, Rihm Family Companies

· Chris Homeister, The Tile Shop

· Gwen Stanley and Michael Zenk, Venture Bank

Since its founding in 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in more

than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.

Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award

winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California

on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's

most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall

Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June



Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by

SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include Padilla, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of

Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton, Pohlad Companies and ThreeBridge Solutions.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for

entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders

from business, finance and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it

encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who

inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program

of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and

dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145

cities in more than 60 countries. Learn more at

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