Ernst & Young LLP this week announced that Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO of Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of generators and other engine-powered products, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award in the manufacturing category in the Upper Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jagdfeld was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala on June 14, in Minneapolis.
“It’s an honor to have been selected for this award,” Jagdfeld said. “The manufacturing sector is experiencing a strong rebound in the United States. I’m proud to be a part of a company whose entrepreneurial spirit is helping lead growth in this important part of the economy."
Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program has honored the leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.
As an Upper Midwest award winner, Jagdfeld is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 17.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Generac is a leading designer and manufacturer of generators and engine-powered products serving the residential, light commercial, industrial and construction markets. The company markets and distributes its products primarily under its Generac and Magnum brand names.