18 finalists have been announced for the Minnesota and Dakotas region with the winner to be announced June 19th, 2007. The finalists are:
-Daniel Murphy, Chairman and CEO, Alliant Techsystems, Inc.
-Dr. Bonnie Lee Baskin, CEO, AppTec
-Deborah Ann Callahan, Chairman, President and Founder, Corporate Travel Solutions
-Jack Dalrymple, Chairman, Dakota Growers Pasta Company
-Michael Lacy, President and CEO, Digineer, Inc.
-Reid MacDonald, President and CEO, Faribault Foods, Inc.
-Gregory Gartner, President, Gartner Studios, Inc.
-Steve Wagenheim, President and CEO, Granite City Food & Brewery
-Melanie Ann Nelson, Chairman, President and Founder, Learning Zone Express
-Scott Bakken, President-Partner, MainTrax, LLC
-Dennis Lee, President and CEO and Tim Porth, Executive Vice President, Octane Fitness
-John Olson, CEO, OLSON
-William Jeatran, CEO, RJF Agencies, Inc.
-William Jurewicz, CEO, space150
-Archie Black, President and CEO, SPS Commerce
-Dan Rice, CEO and Founder, Strategic Fundraising, Inc.
-Gordon Ommen, President, CEO and Chairman, U.S. BioEnergy
-Dennis Doyle, CEO, Welshco, LLC
Regional winners are eligible for the national awards, which will be announced November 17, 2007. This is the 21st year Ernst & Young have recognized in areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
More information can be found by clicking Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) Awards Program.