EY announces winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Utah Region Awards

EY builds on three decades of honoring exceptional entrepreneurs in the Utah Region

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Utah Region Awards. The program recognizes business leaders in more than 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world who have disrupted industries, created new product categories, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries. The Utah Region winners were unveiled at a black-tie awards gala on June 10, 2017, at The Grand America Hotel. Hosted by former KSL News Anchor Scott Haws, the gala was attended by more than 1,000 of Utah’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders.

“EY has been recognizing leading entrepreneurs for over three decades,” said Shawn Goff, Entrepreneur Of The Year Utah Region Program Director and EY Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner. “In the Utah Region, this group of entrepreneurs is building award-winning organizations and creating exciting innovations that continue to make the Silicon Slopes a great place to do business.”

The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Utah Region Award winners are:

Chatbooks Inc. | Nate Quigley, CEO & Co-Founder and Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder & Chatbooker-in-Chief
Provo, Utah
Direct to Consumer Products category winner

CircusTrix | Case Lawrence, CEO
Provo, Utah
Consumer Services category winner

Four Foods Group | Andrew Smith, CEO & Co-Founder
American Fork, Utah
Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction category winner

Ivanti | Stephen Daly, CEO
South Jordan, Utah
Technology category winner

Lucid Software | Karl Sun, CEO & Co-Founder
South Jordan, Utah
Business Services category winner

Malouf | Sam Malouf, CEO & Founder
Logan, Utah
Distribution and Manufacturing category winner

Operation Underground Railroad | Tim Ballard, CEO & Founder
Draper, Utah
Social Entrepreneur category winner

Younique | Derek Maxfield, CEO
Lehi, Utah
Retail and Consumer Products category winner

These companies now join the ranks of 31 years of winners. As a group, the 2017 Utah Region award winners have made a significant mark on innovation and the economy. They employ more than 5,500 people and are a major source of economic growth, adding nearly 3,000 jobs in the past two years — a 93% boost in headcount. They have an aggregate revenue of more than $1 billion, and an impressive revenue growth rate of 91% during the past two years.

Also honored at the Utah Region event was 16-year-old Olivia George, owner of Mountain Blue Doodles. George received the 2017 EY Youth Scholarship for her business idea. Mountain Blue Doodles is a thriving dog-breeding business that focuses on doodle breeds — poodle mixes that shed less and are more easily tolerated by people with allergies. In recognition of her entrepreneurial venture, George was awarded a $2,000 college scholarship at the gala.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall 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 Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The YearAward in Monaco in June 2018. Since its founding in 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

To learn more about the Utah Region program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/utah_region.

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Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Utah Region, local sponsors include Beehive Startups and Silicon Slopes, Corporate Alliance, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Knox Capital Group, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Community Foundation of Utah, The Summit Group and Utah Business.

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