Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Construction and Industrial Services Category
HOUSTON (June 19, 2009) Cherry Companies today announced that Leonard Cherry, owner of Cherry Companies, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Construction and Industrial Services category in the Houston and Gulf Coast Area. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. An independent panel of judges selected Cherry, and the award was presented at a gala event at the InterContinental Houston Hotel on June 18, 2009.
“I am deeply honored by this outstanding recognition on behalf of our family, our employees and our customers,” said Cherry. “The true spirit of Cherry Companies lies within our family values. This spirit of family extends to our employees and our customer base because they’re part of our family, too.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“We are proud to recognize the achievements of Cherry,” said Doug Bogart, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Houston and Gulf Coast Area. “Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”
As a Houston and Gulf Coast Area award winner, Cherry is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 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, California on November 14, 2009. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors.
In the Houston and Gulf Coast Area, local sponsors include Bowne, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Lockton Companies, LLC and SmartBusiness Magazine.
About Cherry Companies
Cherry Companies, based in Houston, Texas, delivers a wide range of high-quality services for industrial, commercial, residential, and interior demolitions, asset recovery and waste management. Since its founding in 1952, Cherry has grown to meet and exceed the changing demands of customers, communities and governing bodies. With more than 50 years of experience, the company provides a complete cycle of capabilities, including: safety-first demolition contracting for an industrial site, office building, or home; environmentally conscious supply of recycled concrete; cost-effective removal of road and highway materials; superior resources for stabilized materials; and professional recycling of demolition and other industrial waste. For more information, see www.cherrycompanies.com.
About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.