Pamela Barnhill President and COO of IBC Hotels is a 2016 Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. EY Entrepreneur

We want to honor and recognize the men and women who create the products, services and jobs that help our economy and communities grow. We are excited about the many significant achievements of these incredible entrepreneurs, applauding them all for taking the road less traveled to launch new companies, open new markets and fuel job growth.

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders.

Participation in the awards process elevates your company’s brand awareness through exposure to entrepreneurs, sponsors, judges and guests, many of whom may be seeking customers, alliances, M&A or other growth opportunities. The program credentials you to investors, employees, and customers and gives you the opportunity to celebrate achievements and publicly recognize the contributions of the team who made it possible.

Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and winners receive great publicity in and beyond their communities, which contributes to valuable network-building. It is not just an award — it is an ongoing community of leadership through alumni events, the EY NextGen Academy, access to advisors, speaking engagements and media profiles and interviews.

Awards Criteria

It is more than just numbers. Based on a balanced scorecard, awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, risk and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Entrepreneur Of The Year candidates include traditional entrepreneurs who are the founders/leaders of high-growth companies. They also are transformational CEOs who may not have started their company but have been essential to its success. Nominees can be CEOs of public or privately held companies, multi-generational family business leaders or divisional CEOs. The nominee’s company must be at least three years old.