Monogram CEO named Southeast finalist in Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ competition

Congratulations and best luck to Karl A. Schledwitz, CEO and chairman of Monogram Food Solutions, for being a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the Southeast.

Schledwitz is nominated along with 30 other entrepreneurs from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He’s the only nominee from West Tennesee and joins three other finalists from the state: Michael Cartwright, chairman of American Addiction Centers in Brentwood; and Joey Hemphill, chairman and treasurer, and Trent Hemphill, president and CEO of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company in Nashville.

Here’s more from Ernst & Young:

The prestigious award program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges from a pool of 90 nominations. The 90 Southeast applicants employ more than 42,000 people in the workforce, and report more than $8.5 billion in annual sales. Notably, Southeast finalists represent 79 percent of the employee total and 82 percent of the revenues reported.
Award recipients will be announced at a gala on June 6 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

“This outstanding list of finalists brings a great deal of enthusiasm to our Southeast program this year,” said Connie Austin, Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year Partner.  “Their dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship, with a strong focus on their communities, clearly demonstrates the increasingly important role entrepreneurs play in the business world. We are lucky to have them represent our region in this global award program, and thrilled to highlight their successes and incredible stories of turning a vision into a reality.”

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in over 140 cities and in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

I’m sure the Memphis business community will be cheering on Schledwitz through this round and hoping that he will represent us in the national competition later this year.


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