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June 21, 2012

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Ernst & Young announces winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year®
2012 Midwest Award

Exemplary entrepreneurs were honored at program’s gala event

Chicago, IL, June 21, 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Midwest. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a special gala on June 21, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

“Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs like this year’s winners for the past 26 years,” said Randy Tavierne, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Midwest. “These business leaders have accomplished so much and contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The Midwest region includes companies based in Illinois and Indiana. Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Midwest Award are:

•    AAR CORP. – David P. Storch (Wood Dale, IL)
•    Fieldglass – Jai Shekhawat (Chicago, IL)   
•    The Finish Line, Inc. – Glenn Lyon (Indianapolis, IN)        
•    Gogo LLC – Jack Blumenstein and Michael Small (Itasca, IL)
•    Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. – Joe Chalhoub (Elgin, IL)
•    Guaranteed Rate – Victor Ciardelli III (Chicago, IL)        
•    Red Frog Events – Ryan Kunkel and Joe Reynolds (Chicago, IL)
•    Remy International, Inc. – John H. Weber (Pendleton, IN)
•    SXC Health Solutions Corp. – Mark Thierer (Lisle, IL)            

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 at the national level. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.

Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Midwest region, sponsors include ManpowerGroup, Winston & Strawn LLP, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Smart Business magazine and Becker Professional Education. Locally, the program is sponsored by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, MK Communications and WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM.

Contact information
For information on the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program for the Midwest, please contact Christine Evans at + 1 312 879 2470 or christine.evans@ey.com or visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/mw.  You may also follow the program on Twitter via @EOYMidwest.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
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