Ernst & Young Announces Teavana Holdings, Inc., Founder, Chairman and CEO Andrew Mack, is the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award Winner in Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee

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Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the Retail and Consumer Products category

Ernst & Young LLP on June 7, 2012 announced that Andrew Mack, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Teavana Holdings Inc., premiere specialty retailer of premium loose-leaf teas, authentic artisanal teaware and other tea-related merchandise, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Andrew Mack was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 7, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead, in Atlanta, Georgia.

“To accept this award on behalf of our 3000+ employees, who have built such an amazing company is truly an honor. I have always admired what this program symbolizes; the best of the American dream and capitalism, as well as the millions of jobs that entrepreneurs create. “ Andrew Mack, Teavana CEO

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

As an Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee award winner, Andrew Mack is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. 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.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee region sponsors include King & Spalding, VACO, RR Donnelley, TiE-Atlanta and WSB-TV, Channel 2.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique 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, 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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About Teavana
Teavana is a specialty retailer offering more than 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf teas, authentic artisanal teawares and other tea-related merchandise through 223 company-owned stores and on its website. Founded in 1997, the company offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its “Heaven of Tea” retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable “teaologists” engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea. The company’s mission is to establish Teavana as the most recognized and respected brand in the tea industry by expanding the culture of tea across the world. To support the tea culture globally, Teavana donates approximately 1% of annual net profits to the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc., or “CARE,” through its Teavana Equatrade program. For more information, visit

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