June 15, 2008
Contact: Mary S. Williams
Chief of Staff
734-769-8520 Ext. 244
For Immediate Release
ANN ARBOR, MIGHIGAN JUNE 14, 2008 - The 22nd Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of the Year Award Ceremony for the Central Great Lakes Division Announced Albert M. Berriz, Chief Executive Officer of McKinley, Inc., as Master Entrepreneur for 2008. The award ceremony was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Dearborn on June 12, 2008.
Albert M. Berriz was nominated by Smart Business Network of Detroit. Berrizs Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nomination submission noted some of his accomplishments in taking ground-breaking steps to grow the company and uphold its stellar reputation of excellent service to its customers and to the communities served.
As Chief Executive Officer of McKinley, Inc., a real estate investment company, Berriz has guided McKinley as it has grown to a $1.9 billion dollar real estate portfolio with over 17,000 residential units and 6.2 million square feet of commercial space located in ten states employing 754 full time team members.
According to Ernst & Young LLP, the recipient of the Master Entrepreneur award is recognized for contributions throughout the business world and a strong commitment to employees, customers, and local communities.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.
As a regional award recipient, Berriz is eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California in November of this year. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nations most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.