June 13, 2012
DEER VALLEY RESORT, PARK CITY, UTAH (June 11, 2012) – Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Bob Wheaton, president of Deer Valley Resort, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Hospitality and Services category for the Utah Region. 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. Wheaton was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a special gala on June 7, 2012, at The Grand America Hotel.
"It is a true honor to be selected by peers as an Entrepreneur of the Year winner," said Bob Wheaton, resort president and general manager. "The fundamental philosophy at Deer Valley since its inception in 1981 has been a commitment to excellence in everything we do. It was this foundation established by the resort's founder, Edgar Stern and is the unyielding philosophy myself and every employee at the resort is dedicated to."
Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational 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 a Utah Region award winner, Wheaton 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, California, on November 17, 2012. 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.
For more information about Deer Valley Resort and its president, please contact resort Communications Manager Emily Summers at 800-424-DEER (3337), 435-645-6522 or visit deervalley.com.
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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.
In the Utah Region, local sponsors include Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Corporate Staging Resources, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Scherzer International, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Summit Group Communications and Utah Business.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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