Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Life Sciences Category
Kemin Industries Inc., a nutritional ingredient manufacturer, announced that Dr. Chris Nelson, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the life sciences category in the Central Midwest region.
According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.
Dr. Nelson was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
“We are proud to recognize the achievements of Dr. Nelson,” said Randy Buseman, Ernst & Young Partner, Strategic Growth Markets. “Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute significantly to the strength of our region’s economy. Their success helps our area grow stronger.”
After joining the family business in 1979 as a research director, Dr. Nelson set a new standard for research and development at Kemin.
An industry pioneer with a PhD in biochemistry, he pushed his team to “understand the mode of action of all products”.
Assuming the role of president in 1999, Kemin’s sales have grown 65% under Chris’ leadership. Kemin Industries Inc. now employs nearly 1,000 people and holds over 170 patents.
As a Central Midwest award winner, Dr. Nelson is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program.