2014 Entrepreneurs Of The Year

This year's winners from the Upper Midwest region, including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

July 25, 2014

The selection of the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Of The Year for the Upper Midwest began, as always, with hundreds of suggestions, which in turn led to dozens of nominations. The panel of judges conducted interviews, narrowing the field to 25 finalist companies. From this group, the judges chose nine winning companies and their leaders, including our cover subject Amy Nelson of Accurate Home Care, who started working for herself at age 18 and never looked back.

In addition, this year’s award recipients include Christopher Policinski, CEO and president of Land O’Lakes, who was recognized with a master entrepreneur award.

Follow the links below to read the stories of the winners and the other finalists—each a successful entrepreneur who has uncovered hidden opportunities and driven notable growth.

The 2014 Entrepreneurs Of the Year were honored June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. They are now candidates for the national Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, which will take place in November in Palm Springs, Calif. And regardless of the outcome this fall, we can certainly say that all of the regional finalists have built winning companies.

Amy Nelson

Founder and CEO, Accurate Home Care

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Robert Coughlan and G. Thomas Ahern

Principal And CEO, Capstone

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Matthew Dornquast

Co-founder and CEO, Code42

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Eric McDonald

Co-founder and CEO, DocuTAP

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Greg Thrasher and Nancy Thrasher

President And Vice President, Foundation Supportworks

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Chip Pearson and Zach Halmstad

Co-CEOs, JAMF Software

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Christopher Policinski

CEO And President, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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Scott Litman and Dan Mallin

Managing Partners, Magnet 360

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Brenton Hayden

Founder and Chairman, Renters Warehouse

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Van Miller

CEO, VGM Group

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EOY 2014 Finalists

Finalists from the 2014 competition

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Regional Judges

Chad Abraham
Global co-head of investment banking and capital markets
Piper Jaffray

Dawn Ainger
Genova Technologies

Angela Busch
Vice president, corporate development
Ecolab Inc.

Scott Richardson
Managing director
Houlihan Lokey, Minneapolis office

Killian Rieder
Co-founder and chief design officer
Edia Inc.

Keyna Skeffington
Vice president and deputy general counsel
Medtronic Inc.

For more information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year program, contact Christine Dobson in Ernst & Young’s Chicago Office: christine.dobson@ey.com, 312-879-2470. Or visit the program’s website: Ey.com/us/eoy/um

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