Ernst & Young names Mark Lanwehr, Founder of Car Keys Express, Winner of Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award

Lanwehr joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in manufacturing.

Louisville, KY, June 29, 2017 – EY today announced that Mark Lanwehr, Founder and Owner of Car Keys Express, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the manufacturing category in the Ohio Valley region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lanwehr was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Hyatt Regency on June 15 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.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:

Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc. Mindy Grossman of HSN Robert Unanue of Goya Foods Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani James Park of Fitbit

As an Ohio Valley region award winner, Lanwehr is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 national program. 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.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Ohio Valley sponsors also include Frost Brown Todd, PNC Bank, Valuation Research Corporation, CincyTech, Cincinnati Business Courier, Columbus Business First and Louisville Business First.

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 more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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