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Stein Kruse Receives the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award in the Pacific Northwest

EY announced that Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award in the Pacific Northwest in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Category. The award recognizes business leaders who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kruse was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel earlier this month.

Since 1986 EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Co., Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., Mindy Grossman of HSN, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, and James Park of Fitbit.

Kruse accepting his award.

Kruse accepting his award.

As a Pacific Northwest award winner, Kruse is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 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, Nov. 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen by an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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. Visit

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