John Purdy, CEO, Ergo
After months of judging deliberations, John Purdy and 23 other leading entrepreneurs from across the island of Ireland will finally go head-to-head tonight for the title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. Taking place at the Citywest Hotel, over 1,400 of the most illustrious names in Irish business will gather to celebrate the achievements of the 24 finalists who collectively employ 6,000 people and generate revenues of over €630 million.
“Our independent panel of judges have deliberated over this year’s finalists based on their ability to innovate, create value, manage risk and, above all, establish a vision for both themselves and their employees” said Frank O’Keeffe, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Each and every one of our 24 shortlisted entrepreneurs has overcome significant challenges, particularly in these difficult economic times, to accomplish great success and we look forward to acknowledging their individual and collective achievements at our Awards Ceremony.”
Hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Mark Little, the Awards Gala will be televised live from the Citywest Hotel on RTÉ One at 10.50pm. A winner will be selected from each of the three categories – Emerging, Industry and International – and, from these three winners; an overall winner will be announced as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014. The overall winner will then go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo in June 2015.
The winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges chaired by Padraig Ó Céidigh that includes previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners Denis O’Brien, Anne Heraty, Michael Carey, Liam Casey, Jerry Kennelly, Brian Long, Pat McDonagh and Dr. Edmond Harty as well as representatives from Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland.
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