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EY Announces LLamasoft President and CEO Don Hicks Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Technology Award Winner in Michigan and Northwest Ohio

June 27, 2016

2016 marks 30 years of ingenuity in America

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 27, 2016) — LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain design software solutions, is proud to announce that President, CEO and co-founder of LLamasoft, Don Hicks was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2016 in the Technology category for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award program. 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. Hicks was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Detroit Institute of Arts on June 23.

With Hicks at the helm, LLamasoft has experienced tremendous growth and steadfast innovation in the supply chain space since its inception in 1998. Last year the company acquired two major competitors: the LogicTools suite previously owned by IBM, and Barloworld Supply Chain Solutions. The organization now looks forward to combining the expertise of these groups to offer the best supply chain design and planning solutions to the market.

“It’s a true honor to be named the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region in the Technology category by EY,” said Hicks. “I recognize that my peers are some seriously talented movers and shakers, and it was a privilege just to be nominated alongside of them. No entrepreneur does anything on their own, and I’m only being recognized as the visible representative of an amazing group of people—LLamasoft’s employees. Thanks to my team for getting us this far, and thanks in advance for the challenges we still plan to tackle next.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As a Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winner, Hicks is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the 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 ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

Hicks was previously named a finalist in 2012 and 2014.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Foley and Lardner, Crain’s Detroit Business, Tanner Friedman and WJR.


About EY Entrepreneur of the Year®

EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique 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, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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