Jerry Ruzicka

Jerry Ruzicka, president, Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Health Sciences Award in the Upper Midwest Region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Ruzicka was selected from nearly 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” said Ruzicka. “I am proud of Starkey’s innovation, growth, and development in the hearing aid industry over my 33 years and feel humbled to be recognized.”

The awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif, on November 13. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Ernst & Young LLP founded the awards and produces them. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America are national sponsors.

In the Upper Midwest Region, sponsors include Faegre & Benson LLP, Manpower, Twin Cities Business magazine, and Padilla Speer Beardsley.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the United States.

[Source: Starkey]