LIMA, Pa.—June 26, 2012– Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Pilot Freight Services Chief Executive Officer, Richard Phillips, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the service category in Greater Philadelphia. 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. Richard Phillips was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 21, 2012 at the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.
“It’s very exciting to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Everyone at Pilot prides themselves in standing out from the competition through outstanding customer service. This award reflects that pride and commitment.” said Phillips. “It’s an honor to be recognized alongside the most successful entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia region and I’m thrilled that Pilot has received Ernst & Young’s recognition.”
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 Greater Philadelphia award winner, Richard Phillips 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.