LIVONIA, MI, October 9, 2020 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced yesterday that Ryan Greenawalt, CEO of Alta Equipment Group Inc., (NYSE: ALTG) was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Michigan and Northwest Ohio Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Ryan was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 8, 2020. To learn more about the regional program and to watch a replay of the event, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/mnwo.
Ryan credits his team of dedicated employees for the success of the organization and him receiving this award, just as his father Steve did 6 years ago when he won the award. Ryan said, “I am grateful to be leading an incredible organization, committed to excellence!”
Alta owns and operates one of the largest integrated equipment dealership platforms in the U.S. Through Ryan’s leadership, Alta’s branch network has grown to include 51 locations across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, New England, New York, Virginia and Florida. Alta celebrated going public in February of this year.
Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Ryan will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
- Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Jodi Berg of Vitamix
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- James Park of Fitbit
- Daymond John of Fubu
As a Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winner, Ryan is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.
In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Donnelley Financial Solutions, Trion Solutions, Oswald Companies, Stanton Chase, Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications and New Paradigm Promotional Marketing.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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