2013 Entrepreneurs Of The Year Awards

2013 EOY

The Upper Midwest region's winners from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

July 26, 2013

The selection of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Of The Year for the Upper Midwest started with hundreds of suggestions, which in turn led to dozens of formal nominations. The panel of judges conducted site visits and interviews, narrowing the field to 27 finalist companies. From this group, the judges made the challenging decision of choosing this year’s nine winning companies and their leaders.

In addition, this year’s award recipients include Randall Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, Ltd., whose entrepreneurial endeavors were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

To read the stories of the winners and other finalists—each a successful entrepreneur who has uncovered a distinctive opportunity and driven notable growth—click the links below.

The 2013 Entrepreneurs Of The Year were honored June 13 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. They are now candidates for the national Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which will take place in November in Palm Springs, California. Whether or not the Upper Midwest winners earn national honors, they deserve a round of applause.

Doug Nielsen

Doug Nielsen

Founder and President, Hayneedle.com

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John Barrow

John Barrow

Founder and President, Coolibar, Inc.

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David Lenzmeier

David Lenzmeier

CEO, Milk Specialties Company

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Craig Kruckeberg

Craig Kruckeberg

CEO, Spray Control Systems

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Dawn Ainger

Dawn Ainger

President and CEO, Genova Technologies

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Brad Rixmann

Brad Rixmann

Founder and CEO, Pawn America

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Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson

Founder and President, KLN Family Brands

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Megan Tamte

Megan Tamte

Founder and CEO, Hot Mama

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Jim Arthaud

Jim Arthaud

Co-Founder and CEO, MBI Energy Services

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Randall Hogan

Randall Hogan

CEO, Pentair, Ltd.

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Finalists

Finalists

This year's runners-up.

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Regional Sponsors

Faegre Baker Daniels
Padilla Speer Beardsley
Twin Cities Business

Local Sponsors

Lockton
Pohlad Companies
Salo
The Big Picture

National Sponsors

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
SAP


Regional Judges

Chad Abraham
Global Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets
Piper Jaffray

James Dolan
Chairman, CEO, and President
The Dolan Company

Linda Hall
Entrepreneur in Residence
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Daniel Oh
CEO and President
Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Scott Richardson
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey Minneapolis

Keyna Skeffington
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Medtronic, Inc.

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