CEO Carter Sterling and Team of Brothers Earn Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Midwest Award

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2016 Celebration Marks 30-Year Anniversary of EY Honors

Ernst & Young has announced that CEO Carter Sterling of the Sterling Lumber Company received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Midwest Region. The award recognizes trending entrepreneurs who have elevated their respective companies in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Sterling acknowledges the ongoing support of his brothers in earning the prestigious honor. He was selected by an independent panel of judges. The Midwest Award was presented at a black-tie gala at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom earlier this month.

“The timing of this award couldn’t be better,” said Sterling. “It reflects an amazing year of growth and accomplishment for our company. We’ve evolved from supplier to manufacturer in a single leap, with the goal to dominate industry sales,” he added.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. “This year’s winners have launched their companies to the top, acted as mentors to their employees, and made impressive contributions to their communities,” said Ryan Butman, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Midwest.

Throughout its three decades in existence, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As a Midwest Award winner, Sterling is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 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 19, 2016.

The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Midwest, region sponsors include LaSalle Network, Plexus Groupe, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Cresa Chicago, Chatham Financial, DLA Piper and 1871.
About Sterling Lumber Co.

Spanning more than 60 years of steady growth and strategic performance, Sterling Lumber has become a multi-faceted company that provides products and services to industries which are critical to North American and global infrastructures. Among these industries are transmission and power distribution, oil and gas pipelines, wind and coal power, hydropower and geothermal resources, heavy construction and steel production.
Combining modern technology, competitive inventory and seamless adaptability with the company's fundamental core values of quality, hard work and integrity, Sterling Lumber has become an invaluable partner to companies who invest in its innovative matting solutions, versatile construction timber and other signature solutions. For more information please visit:

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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