GURNEE, Ill., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EY announced that CEO Patrick O'Brien of Paris Presents Incorporated is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Midwest, which encompasses Illinois and Wisconsin. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes 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 as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 15, 2016 at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago.
"I am honored to be among these esteemed entrepreneurs and appreciate once again being recognized by EY for the bold strategies we've implemented as a Paris Presents team – from embracing new marketing channels, disrupting the retail makeup aisle category and listening intently and constantly to our consumers," said O'Brien.
Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., with a Beauty Insight Center in Chicago, Paris Presents is the leading provider of branded cosmetic and bath accessories to mass merchants, drug stores, food and online retailers. The company's flagship brands include 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).
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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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