Four Missourians named regional finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Leaders of four Missouri-based companies are among the 36 Heartland region finalists for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The annual competition, hosted by the global accounting and professional services firm, recognizes “unstoppable entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success,” according to its website.

One of the four Missouri finalists is Nathan McKean, CEO of BMC Enterprises in St. Louis. BMC provides concrete and building materials across the state of Missouri. The business has been family-owned and operated for over 80 years.

Another finalist is Ron Daugherty, president and CEO of Daugherty Business Solutions, an IT consulting firm he founded in St. Louis in 1985. The enterprise has since formed regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York.

A third finalist, Scott Leiendecker, founder of St. Louis-based KNOWiNK. A former St. Louis election official, Leiendecker started the election technology provider in 2011. Today, KNOWiNK’s technology is used in over half of the 50 states, according to the company.

The fourth Missouri finalist is Stephanie Isaacson, president and CEO of Kansas City-based New Horizons Enterprises. Isaacson has grown the environmental services and remediation company from one employee to 80 since opening in 2007.

EY is hosting a virtual awards celebration on July 27 to celebrate the finalists for their achievements.


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