Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 award winners in Michigan and Northwest Ohio


DETROIT, MI, JUNE 11 – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic, and community leaders. The winners were revealed at a gala event on June 10 at The Henry in Dearborn (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Hotel).

“Ernst & Young believes in the power of entrepreneurship,” said Frank Maselli, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for Michigan and Northwest Ohio.  “These Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners are best in class, and we are proud to honor their outstanding success.”

The Michigan and Northwest Ohio winners for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

  • Ms. Mindi K. Fynke, President, EHIM, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert Gadwood, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Kalexsyn, Inc.
  • Mr. Phil Hagerman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
  • Mr. Matthew Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Web, Inc.
  • Ms. Margery Krevsky, President & Chief Executive Officer, Productions Plus – The Talent Shop
  • Mr. Pete Lazic, President, Michigan Automatic Turning, Inc.
  • Mr. John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walbridge
  • Mr. Terry Terhark, Chief Executive Officer, The RightThing, Inc.
  • Mr. David C. Zimmermann, Chief Executive Officer, Kalexsyn, Inc.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall national US winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in June.

This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary.   The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in each region, including local business, academic and community leaders.

All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors include Charter One, UHY Advisors MI, Inc., Smart Business, University of Michigan, Dearborn – College of Business, Grand Valley State University Seidman College of Business, Hermanoff Public Relations and News/Talk 760 WJR Radio.

Contact information

For more information about the program, please visit or contact Lisa Bower or 313-628-8212.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.

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