Six Earn Entrepreneur Honors

May 26, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — Six companies will represent West Michigan on June 22 in Chicago when they vie for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Lake Michigan Region.

The finalists represent one-third of the nominees from West Michigan and will go on to compete against finalists from Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. The regional event takes place at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

A reception last Tuesday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel celebrated the accomplishments of the 18 companies that were nominated, represented by 23 people.

This year’s EOY finalists from West Michigan are:

  • Advance Packaging Corp. of Grand Rapids, represented by CEO Carol Hoyt and President Don Crossley.

  • Cartridges Are Us of Ithaca, represented by President and CEO Steve Iocco and CFO and General Manager Dominic Iocco.

  • Terryberry Co. of Grand Rapids, represented by George Byam, managing member.

  • Torco Racing Fuels of Decatur, represented by owner and President Evan Knoll.

  • Trans-Matic Manufacturing Co. of Holland, represented by CEO Patrick Thompson.

  • Universal Insurance Services of Grand Rapids, represented by President and Managing Director William Rothwell.

Each of the nominees, who were chosen from among more than 125 applications, received a plaque commemorating their participation in the 20th annual EOY program. The finalists also received an etched-glass memento recognizing their finalist status.

Aaron Mamo, a senior at West Ottawa High School, also earned finalist status for the Ernst & Young Youth Entrepreneur Award and will attend the ceremony in Chicago. He is co-owner of Molten Obsession Glass Art.

Mamo’s award acceptance generated the most levity at the event when he raised his arms in triumph and stated, “I am the future.” Dave Hoogendoorn, managing partner of the local Ernst & Young office and host of the reception, responded by saying, “Make sure you study accounting in college, Aaron.”    

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