Evansville, IN, June 30, 2009 - Berry Plastics Corporation, an Apollo Management, L.P. and Graham Partners portfolio company, today announced that Ira G. Boots, Chairman and CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Private Equity/Venture Capital Backed category in the Midwest region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Ira G. Boots was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on Friday, June 26, 2009.
"It has been my honor to work with and among so many talented individuals and employees of Berry Plastics through the years. Our commitment to the industry and dedication to our customers has been the catalyst to our growth and financial performance" stated Mr. Boots. "I am humbled and appreciative with receiving this prestigious award from Ernst and Young." Berry Plastics is a leading plastics packaging manufacturer, with over 60 plants in North America.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 23rd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
"We are proud to recognize the achievements of Ira Boots," said Randy Tavierne, Ernst & Young Partner, Strategic Growth Markets. "Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region's economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger."
As a Midwest award winner, Ira G. Boots is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 14, 2009. 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.
SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.Regional sponsors for the Midwest program include Clifton Gunderson LLP, Smart Business magazine and Becker Professional Review. Locally, the program is sponsored by Winston & Strawn and Grand Valley State University.
About Berry Plastics
Berry Plastics is a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products. Berry Plastics is a major producer of a wide range of products, including open top and closed top packaging, polyethylene-based plastic films, industrial tapes, medical specialties, packaging, heat-shrinkable coatings and specialty laminates. The company's 17,000 plus customers range from large multinational corporations to small local businesses. Based in Evansville, Indiana, the company has 68 manufacturing facilities worldwide and nearly 14,000 employees. For more information, please visit http://www.berryplastics.com.
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About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The 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, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.