2016 EY Entrepreneurs Of The Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

Upper Midwest: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota

by Andre Eggert, Burl Gilyard, Gene Rebeck, and Sam Schaust

July 29, 2016

Through its Entrepreneur of the Year program, EY recognizes businesspeople who can spot a market opportunity, devise a successful strategy to fill that market need, and possess the strong leadership skills to motivate employees to rally around the company’s mission.

Each year, EY honors leading CEOs and regional business leaders for their entrepreneurial prowess and notable contributions to their staff and communities. The Upper Midwest division for EY’s competition covers Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. EY judges selected leaders from eight companies for the Entrepreneur of the Year awards. They earn the honor for building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses; EY spotlights them as role models who can inspire others to channel their passions into distinctive businesses.

Eleven leaders from those eight companies are profiled in the following pages of Twin Cities Business, and Douglas Baker Jr., CEO and chairman of Ecolab Inc., was named master entrepreneur. Baker was recognized for his extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements, leadership and vision in helping make Ecolab a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources, as well as for his steadfast commitment to the Twin Cities community.

The 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year awards were presented June 9 at the JW Marriott hotel at Mall of America. All of the entrepreneurs will be entered in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year overall national award program, whose winners will be announced November 19. Those winners move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award next June in Monaco.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Randy Newman

Financial and Technology Services

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Eric Timko

Emerging Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Dennis Brazier

Distribution and Manufacturing

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Douglas Baker Jr.

Master Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Kory Kottke, Kyle Kottke, and Kurt Kottke

Logistics

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Mary Anne Kowalski and Kris Kowalski Christiansen

Retail and Consumer Products

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Susan Schneider

Family Business

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Don Rachel

Construction and Agricultural Services

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Entrepreneur of the Year

Jim Kelly

Business Services

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2016 Finalists

2016 Finalists

The Entrepreneur of the Year awards program is highly competitive. Here are the individuals and their companies who were selected as finalists from the Upper Midwest region.

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Regional Judges


Angela Busch
Senior vice president, corporate development
Ecolab Inc.

Sima Griffith
Founder and managing principal
Aethlon Capital

Atul Gupta
President
Advanced Technologies Group

Dan Mallin
Co-founder
Equals 3 Media

Killian Rieder
Founder and CEO
Killian Jewelry

Philip Smith
Managing director
Greene Holcomb Fisher


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For more information on the Entrepreneur of the Year program, contact Jim Kowitz in EY’s Minneapolis office: jim.kowitz@ey.com, 612-371-8301, or visit the website at ey.com/us/eoy/um

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