PITTSBURGH, PA, June 16, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that CEO Kristy Knichel of Knichel Logistics, Inc. was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 East Central Award winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who think big to succeed. An independent panel of judges selected Kristy Knichel based on her entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
It's an extremely amazing and humbling feeling to be named an Entrepreneur Of The Year East Central winner, although I wish that my father could be here to see this. I never imagined I would be where I am today. I want to thank Jon and the entire Knichel team for believing in me and what we are building together. This wouldn't be possible without you all. – Kristy Knichel
As an East Central award winner, Kristy will now be considered by the National independent panel of judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National Awards. National finalists and winners, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
• Cherie Kloss of SnapNurse
• Saeju Jeong of Noom
• Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
• Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
• Jodi Berg of Vitamix
• Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
• Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
• Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
• Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
• James Park of Fitbit
• Daymond John of FUBU
• Sheila Mikhail of AskBio
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In East Central, sponsors also include Valuation Research Corporation, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Frost Brown Todd LLC.
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