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Chairman/CEO Greg Graves Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014

Honor for the Central Midwest, Engineering category, qualifies him for national award consideration


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — EY today announced that Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Graves has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Engineering category in the Central Midwest. 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. Graves was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Sheraton Overland Park on June 19.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition, not for myself but for the other 4,500 employee-owners at Burns & McDonnell and what we are building together," Graves said. "Even though we are 116 years old, we are a company that demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit every day, and it's all because of our employee-owners."

Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to thousands of clients throughout North America and abroad. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is ranked as the 18th largest engineering design firm by Engineering News-Record magazine. Burns & McDonnell also is ranked No. 14 on the Fortune magazine list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Now in its 28th year, the EY program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Co., Pierre Omidyar of eBay Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent U.S. national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.

As a Central Midwest award winner, Graves is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 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 annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 15. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Central Midwest, sponsors include Lockton Cos., Enterprise Bank and Trust, Armstrong Teasdale, Stinson Leonard Street, Merrill Corp., Smart Business and CommonGround.

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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About Burns & McDonnell

Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services firm. Burns & McDonnell currently ranks 18th among the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine and 73rd among general contractors in the ENR Top 400 Contractors survey. In addition, FORTUNE magazine has ranked Burns & McDonnell No. 14 on its annual list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and the Kansas City Business Journal has named Burns & McDonnell the No. 1 Best Place to Work among large workplaces in Kansas City for two consecutive years. With the multidisciplinary experience of more than 4,500 professionals in more than 30 regional, national and international offices, Burns & McDonnell is able to offer our clients one source for engineering design and construction.

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