Ernst & Young Honors This Year’s Top Entrepreneurs
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®, dubbed as the world’s most sought-after award by CEOs and company presidents alike, hailed yesterday the 2010 top entrepreneurs who brought about great innovations and demonstrated successes in their financial drives and commitments in their own chosen field in business.
On its 24th year, Ernst & Young recognized Howard W. Lutnick, chairman and CEO of BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) as the Overall 2010 National Winner for his efforts in reinventing the Cantor Fitzgerald, the predecessor of BGC, after the 9/11 tragedy where around two-thirds of its employees in the company’s headquarters at the World Trade Center were killed. Lutnick has transformed Cantor “into one of the world’s leading financial services companies.”
In his official statement, Bryan Pearce, Americas Director for Entrepreneur Of The Year, Ernst & Young LLP, praised Lutnick for molding a business template that transformed the accessibility of financial transactions by means of emerging technological applications.
Among the other winners in the nine divisions of the 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Year® were Robert Friedman, Co-chairman and CEO of Summit Entertainment LLC for Media, Entertainment and Communications; Larry Silverstein, President and CEO of Silverstein Properties, Inc. for Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction; Jack Link, CEO of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky for Retail & Consumer; Thad W. Simons, Jr., President and CEO of Novus International, for Distribution and Manufacturing; Bob Moore, Chairman and CEO of iGPS for Emerging; W. Keith Maxwell III, CEO of Spark Energy Gas & Electric Energy for Chemicals and Mining; Lawrence D. Stern, Chairman and CEO of Talecris Biotherapeutics for Health Sciences; Mary A. Tolan, Founder, President and CEO of Accretive Health, Inc. for Services; and Lars Björk, CEO, Director, QlikTech for Technology.