2016 Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Award
GURNEE, Ill. (June 17, 2016) –EY announced Patrick O’Brien, CEO of Paris Presents Incorporated, a leading global, privately held company that creates and distributes beauty and personal care products, as the winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods category in the Midwest. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
O’Brien was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a black-tie gala at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago on June 15, 2016.
“I am truly humbled by this honor and am extraordinarily proud of the smart, fearless and inspirational team at Paris Presents,” said O’Brien. “My colleagues are always looking for new ways to drive the business forward – leveraging new marketing channels such as YouTube, capitalizing on consumer insights and bringing our retail relationships to the next level – enabling strong global growth and product innovation in the beauty and personal care categories. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
As a Midwest award winner, O’Brien is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner will then have the opportunity to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.
Paris Presents is the parent company behind flagship brands including Real Techniques®, EcoTools® and Body Benefits by Body Image® with both domestic and international distribution. Paris Presents uses a 360-degree, broad-based approach to developing, distributing and supporting innovative brands by leveraging four key pillars: consumer insights, innovation and product design, retail relationships and supply chain excellence.
In 2014, Paris Presents was named the Fastest Growing Health and Beauty Company in the US under $1 billion (BCG/IRI).
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Midwest, region sponsors include LaSalle Network, Plexus Groupe, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Cresa Chicago, Chatham Financial, DLA Piper and 1871.
About Paris Presents Incorporated
Founded in 1947, Paris Presents is a global company that creates and distributes beauty products and personal care accessories that elevate the beauty experience for women. The Company's leading brands include Real Techniques®, EcoTools® and Body Benefits by Body Image®. Paris Presents provides a wide range of product categories and customized services through a strong network of national and global retailers. For more information, visit www.parispresents.com.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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