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EY Announces Kathy Bolhous of Charter Next Generation as an Entrepreneur of The Year 2022 Midwest Award Winner

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) named Kathy Bolhous, Chief Executive Officer of Charter Next Generation, an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Midwest Award winner. Entrepreneur Of The Year is a preeminent competitive business award for entrepreneurs of high-growth companies who think big to succeed. An independent panel of judges selected Kathy based on her entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth, and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

Kathy Bolhous, CEO, Charter Next Generation, Inc.

“I am extremely honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire CNG team,” said Bolhous. “The effort by our employee-owners and the constant pursuit of a better way result in our extraordinary growth and success over the past decade. It’s a joy and a privilege to lead this incredible company.”

As a Midwest award winner, Kathy is now qualified for the national awards. National finalists and winners, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June 2023.

Other winners of the Entrepreneur of The Year

The Entrepreneur of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Cherie Kloss of SnapNurse
  • Saeju Jeong of Noom
  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Daymond John of FUBU
  • Sheila Mikhail of AskBio


Ernst & Young LLP founded and produced the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, with PNC Bank as the presenter. In the Midwest sponsors also include Becker Professional Education, Cresa Global, Inc., LaSalle Network, and Marsh.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year

Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. (

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About Charter Next Generation

Charter Next Generation is North America’s leading independent producer of high-performance, specialty films used in flexible packaging and other end-use markets. Known for sustainable, innovative products and world-class manufacturing capabilities, the company’s quality and expertise are unsurpassed. Its sustainability-first mindset and relentless pursuit of excellence help brand owners reach their long-term sustainability goals.

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