EY Announces Jon M. Williams of Viridi Parente as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New York Award Winner

19.06.24 19:32 Uhr

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BUFFALO, N.Y., June 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Chairman and CEO Jon M. Williams of Viridi Parente (Viridi) was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New York Award winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive awards program for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

EY Announces Jon M. Williams of Viridi Parente as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New York Award Winner

Jon M. Williams was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs and other business leaders. Candidates were evaluated based on their ability to create long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to their purpose and the demonstration of growth and substantial impact, among other key indicators.

"I am incredibly honored to receive the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which is a testament to Viridi's relentless pursuit of revolutionizing battery storage for a fail safe, clean energy future," said Jon M. Williams, CEO, Viridi. "At Viridi, our mission goes beyond innovating current solutions; we are equally committed to fostering job equity. By opening doors to meaningful careers, we strive to create enduring positive changes in our community for future generations."

As a New York award winner, Jon M. Williams is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 National Awards. The National Award winners, including the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation's most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2025. 

Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized the leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

• Saeju Jeong of Noom   

• Jodi Berg of Vitamix

• Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.   

• Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC

• Holly Thaggard and Amanda Baldwin of Supergoop! 

• Michael Happe of Winnebago Industries

• Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company 

• Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation

• James Park of Fitbit   

• Sheila Mikhail of AskBio

 

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs. They receive exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in more than 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

In addition to Entrepreneur Of The Year, EY US supports other entrepreneurs through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™(Winning Women) program and the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) to help connect women founders and Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs, respectively, with the resources, network and access needed to unlock their full potential.

Sponsors
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, Cresa, Marsh USA, SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New York, sponsors also include regional Platinum sponsors Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN), and regional Gold sponsors, ADP, DLA Piper and Empire Valuation Consultants.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year® 
Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year® has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 80 countries and territories globally.

The US program consists of 17 regional programs whose panels of independent judges select the regional award winners every June. Those winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.

About EY
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EY Announces Jon M. Williams of Viridi Parente as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New York Award Winner

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