“Receiving the recognition of Regional entrepreneur of the year was a dream come true for us.
Bedford, OH (PRWEB) November 19, 2010
William Barr and Michael Strmac, founders of Universal Windows Direct, Inc, were honored this year at the Ernst& Young Strategic Growth Forum as Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year.
“For the past 24 years Ernst & Young has honored outstanding entrepreneurs through our entrepreneur of the year program,” said Bill Miller, Ernst & Young Partner, Strategic Growth Markets. “These entrepreneurs make a tremendous difference for our communities and within our larger economy. We thank them for the positive impact they have had.”
“Receiving the recognition of Regional entrepreneur of the year was a dream come true for us. Who knew that a couple guys from Fairview Park, Ohio would find themselves in such a great company!” says William Barr, President and CEO.
Barr and Strmac joined 1,300 of America’s top CEOs, entrepreneurs, advisors, investors and other senior business leaders in Palm Springs, CA for the 2010 Ernst& Young Strategic Growth Forum, one of the country’s most prestigious gatherings for high-growth, market-leading companies. Keynote speakers included Bill Ford, Executive Chair, Ford Motor Company and Dr. Deepak Chopra, Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellness. This invitation-only event concludes with the 23rd annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, hosted by TV talk show host, Jay Leno.
The Strategic Growth Forum inspired William Barr to join Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. “If we learned one thing from this event it is that we have a social duty as entrepreneurs to continue to give back to our communities," said William Barr President and CEO, Universal Windows Direct. The company remains involved in Habitat for Humanity, and Make a Wish foundations “Adopt a wish” program. Additionally, Barr has been in the Big Brothers and Sisters Summit County chapter for 9 years.
Founded in 2002, Universal Windows Direct (http://www.universalwindowsdirect.com) has created a nationwide presence providing a complete line of energy efficient home improvement products, including replacement windows, siding systems and entry doors at factory direct prices.
ABOUT ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.