EY Announces Winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Upper Midwest Award

Ten exemplary entrepreneurs from Minnesota and Iowa were honored at program's gala event

MINNEAPOLIS--()--EY announces the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Upper Midwest. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a black-tie gala on June 10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years,” said Todd Papa, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Upper Midwest. “These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities, and we’re proud to recognize their successes.”

The winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Upper Midwest Award include:

  • Archie Black, President and CEO, SPS Commerce (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Jon Carlson, CEO, Braun Intertec (Bloomington, MN)
  • Hank Harris, President and CEO, Harrisvaccines (Ames, IA)
  • Jeff Gau, CEO, Marco, Inc. (Saint Cloud, MN)
  • Atul Gupta, President, Advanced Technologies Group, LLC (West Des Moines, IA)
  • Josh Hochschuler, Founder, and Steve Gill, CEO, Talenti Gelato (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Christopher Klitgaard, CEO, MediRevv (Coralville, IA)
  • Cindy Koebele, President, TitleSmart, Inc. (Maplewood, MN)
  • Bill Szlaius, CEO, Logic Information Systems, Inc. (Bloomington, MN)

In addition to the winners listed above, Minnesota-based Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Carlson, was presented with the Master Entrepreneur Award. She was recognized for her extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements, leadership and vision in the hospitality industry as well as her commitment to the community.

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2015. 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 US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2016.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include PadillaCRT, Fagre Baker Daniels, Twin Cities Business, Merrill Corporation, Lockton, Pohlad Companies and Salo.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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