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[June 11, 2014]

EY Announces Winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Upper Midwest Award

MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--

EY has announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in the Upper Midwest. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years," said Todd Papa, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Upper Midwest. "These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to our communities."

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Upper Midwest Award winners are:

  • Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO, Accurate Home Care (Otsego, Minnesota)
  • Thomas Ahern, CEO, and Robert Coughlan, Principal, Capstone (News - Alert) (North Mankato, Minnesota)
  • Matthew Dornquast, Co-Founder and CEO, Code42 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Eric McDonald, CEO, DocuTAP (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Greg Thrasher, President, and Nancy Thrasher, Vice President, Foundation Supportworks, Inc. (La Vista, Nebraska)
  • Chip Pearson, Managing Partner and Co-CEO, and Zach Halmstad, Founder and Co-CEO, JAMF Software (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Scott Litman, Managing Partner, and Dan Mallin, Managing Partner, Magnet 360 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Brenton Hayden, Founder and CEO, Renters Warehouse (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
  • Van Miller, CEO, VGM Group, Inc. (Waterloo, Iowa)

In addition to recognizing the regional award winners, Christopher Policinski, CEO of Land O'Lakes, was presented with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Master Entrepreneur award for his sustained business and philanthropic leadership.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on o compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monte Carlo.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman (News - Alert) Foundation and SAP America. In the Upper Midwest, sponsors include Faegre Baker Daniels, BMO Harris, PadillaCRT, Merrill Datasite and Twin Cities Business magazine. Local sponsors include SALO, Lockton Companies, Pohlad (News - Alert) Family Capital Fund LLC and The Big Picture.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the 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, 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY's Strategic Growth Markets
EY's Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at, or follow news on Twitter (News - Alert) @EY_Growth.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

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