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LEO HILLINGER "Entrepreneur of the Year" (Winner in the Retail and Consumer Goods Category)

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Vienna, 12 October 2012 – Yesterday evening, the audit and consultancy company Ernst & Young honoured the outstanding Austrian entrepreneur with the "Entrepreneur Of The Year Award" for the seventh time.

Retail and Consumer Goods category:
• WINNER: LEO HILLINGER, LEO HILLINGER GmbH

Around 300 guests from business, politics and culture accepted the invitation to the Vienna Hofburg to attend the awards ceremony as a part of a glittering gala night.
The winners were announced from the nine finalists in the three award categories.

The finalists and winners:

Retail and Consumer Goods category:
• Finalist: Manfred Kröswang, Kröswang GmbH
• Finalist: Familie Rose, Magda Rose GmbH („Jones“ brand)
• WINNER: LEO HILLINGER, LEO HILLINGER GmbH

Services category:
• Finalisten: Remo Schneider and Rudolf Öhlinger, SeneCura Kliniken- und HeimebetriebsgmbH
• Finalist: Michael Koncar, VTU Holding GmbH
• Winner: Michael Loacker, Loacker Recycling GmbH

Industry & High Tech category:
• Finalist: Thomas Lenzinger, Griffner Haus AG
• Finalisten: Thomas Moser und Martin Öller, Loxone Electronics GmbH
• Winners and participants in the "Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award" in Monte Carlo: Christoph Guger and Günter Edlinger, Guger Technologie OG

The top-level jury consisted of: Martin Essl, bauMax AG, Robert Kanduth, GreenOneTec, Waltraud Schinko-Neuroth, Neuroth AG, Heinrich Spängler, Bankhaus Spängler and Thomas Uher, Erste Bank.
Entrepreneurial skills, business development, innovative capacity, personnel management and future viability of the applicant stood in the foreground for the decision made by the independent panel of judges.

The "Entrepreneur Of The Year" title given by Ernst & Young is the world's most prestigious business award.
This competition makes a difference, because it exhibits and promotes in a unique way the entrepreneurial activity of people who have great potential and inspire others to vision, strong leadership and success.
As the first and only world-class entrepreneurial award, the "Entrepreneur Of The Year" distinguishes people who have built and who manage successful, expanding and dynamic organisations.
The competition, which is conducted at a regional, national and global level, is held in 135 cities and 50 countries.

"Thank you for this terrific award for my work. For me, this is confirmation that I am on the right path and an affirmation to continue to pursue my goals".
(Leo HILLINGER)

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