EY announces Don Rachel as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 finalist in the Upper Midwest

St. Michael, Minnesota - EY today announced that Don Rachel, CEO of Rachel Contracting, Inc. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Upper Midwest, which encompasses Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Don Rachel was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

I'm honored to be selected as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the entrepreneurial spirit was instilled in me at a young age by my Dad," said Mr. Rachel. "I'm very fortunate to have the vision as an individual, but empowering our team to embrace a true entrepreneurial culture has made Rachel Contracting what it is today." 

Rachel Contracting is an established leader in the heavy civil construction industry throughout the Midwest. Performing work in public and private sectors, Rachel's primary services are Earthwork, Demolition, Utilities and Specialty Contracting. In just the past few years, Rachel Contracting has successfully performed over $320 million dollars of construction services and over 350 individual projects.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the 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 sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Upper Midwest, region sponsors include PadillaCRT, Faegre Baker Daniels, Twin Cities Business, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Salo, Lockton and Pohlad Companies.

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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Full List of the 2016 Finalist - Here