Ernst & Young celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Upper Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year award program by honoring Ecolab CEO, Doug Baker Jr. with its Master Entrepreneur award for his “extraordinary, entrepreneurial achievements, leadership and vision in helping make Ecolab a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies.”

Baker has been CEO of St. Paul based Ecolab since July 1, 2004 during his tenure Ecolab’s annual revenue has grown from $4.2 billion to $13.5 billion in 2015. He was recognized for his leadership of Ecolab and for his commitment to the Twin Cities business community.

During the ceremony at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America on Thursday night EY recognized 11 people from eight companies as winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Upper Midwest including:

• Randy Newman, chairman, president and CEO, Alerus, Grand Forks, North Dakota

• Eric Timko, CEO, Blue Belt Technologies, Plymouth

• Dennis Brazier, CEO, Central Boiler/Altoz, Greenbush, Minnesota

• Kurt, Kory, and Kyle Kottke, president, senior vice president and general manager of Kottke Trucking Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

• Kris and Mary Anne Kowalski, COO and owner, Kowalski’s Companies, Woodbury

• Susan Schneider, president, Plus Relocation, Minneapolis

• Don Rachel, CEO Rachel Contracting Inc., St. Michael

• Jim Kelly , founder and CEO, ThreeBridge Solutions LLC, Minneapolis

The Upper Midwest award winners and winners in 25 other regional markets are now eligible for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Winners of the national awards will be announced at an event in Palm Springs, California on Nov. 19.

The national award winners then advance to the global program which has roots in 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

2016 Upper Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year award winners

photo courtesy of Ernst & Young

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