EY has announced Mark Lanwehr, Founder and Owner of Car Keys Express, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Ohio Valley region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lanwehr was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati.

“I’m truly honored,” Lanwehr stated. “It’s a testament to how far we’ve come since starting from scratch in my one-bedroom apartment. But, it wouldn't have been possible without an extremely talented team behind me—I never forget that.” He also added, “There are so many new opportunities opening up before us. We’ve grown to become the largest company in the industry, but there’s still a ground-floor, startup feel here.”

Car Keys Express is a division of iKeyless, an independently-owned company and worldwide leader in automotive technology based in Louisville, KY. iKeyless specializes in the design, manufacture, and distribution of automotive keys, remotes, and related technologies. In 2008, iKeyless experimented with providing on-site automotive key replacement services to business fleets and car dealerships. Today, the division, now known as Car Keys Express, has become the world’s largest automotive key replacement company, serving 1,700 cities in 48 states. In 2016, Inc. Magazine honored Car Keys Express with its Inc. 5000 award, recognizing America’s fastest growing private companies.

Now in its 31st year, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year® Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program 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 awards program 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 over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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