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 EY announces Slate Rock Safety, President Kim Wilson, and COO Chad Wilson as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award finalists in Northeast Ohio

Medina, Ohio, May 7, 2015.  EY today announced that Kim Wilson, President, and Chad Wilson, COO, of Medina-based Slate Rock Safety are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Awards in the Northeast Ohio region.  The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  The Wilsons were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 25 at the Convention Center in Cleveland.     

 Upon receiving the news, Slate Rock Safety President, Kim Wilson, said, “Both Chad and I are thrilled to have Slate Rock Safety’s success recognized by EY and its prestigious panel of judges. Having been nominated for this award is a tremendous honor. We are gratified and humbled by this recognition.”

 Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

 Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


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

 About Slate Rock Safety

Slate Rock Safety, LLC is an ecommerce retailer and distributor of work and safety work apparel. Led by partners Kim and Chad Wilson, Slate Rock Safety is comprised of five business units, including flagship Collectively, the business units serve the oil & gas, electrical utility, public safety, a myriad of industrial markets, and manufacturing. Slate Rock Safety is a certified women-owned enterprise and has General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 84 certification. Slate Rock Safety was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” for three consecutive years. Advanced technology, an emphasis on innovation, knowledgeable employees, and ambitious leadership has paved the way for Slate Rock Safety to become an industry leader in the safety apparel market.

 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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