ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL [April 25, 2016]—Edlong Dairy Technologies President and CEO Laurette Rondenet-Smith and Chief Financial Officer David Starr were named as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Midwest. This awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
“We’re both humbled to be nominated for this respected award,” says Laurette Rondenet-Smith. “Of course, our success is due to all the wonderful Edlong employees and clients who support us,” she adds.
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.
Laurette and David were selected as finalists 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.
Edlong Dairy Technologies is the global food industry’s most comprehensive resource for dairy flavor technologies. Founded in 1914, the company assists customers at every stage of product development, offering technical collaboration, formulation expertise and customized solutions. It also develops and markets Cheese, Butter, Milk, Cream, Cultured, Sweet Dairy and Masking and Mouthfeel flavors, backed by personal, responsive, reliable service. Edlong is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), one of the National Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® (2014 and 2015) and one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® (2015). edlong.com
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