Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world
Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) recently announced that David Goodall and Gary Cooper, Palmetto Infusion’s CEO and Founder / Executive Chairman respectively, were named finalists for their Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Southeast Award. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world. Goodall and Cooper were selected as two of 30 finalists from a competitive pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges.
This acknowledgement from EY comes during a particularly notable year for Palmetto Infusion, which was founded in 1999. Operating a healthcare company during a global pandemic posed significant challenges for Palmetto Infusion’s patients, team, and operations, but the strong foundation built by leaders like Goodall and Cooper allowed the company to not just survive the crisis, but thrive—despite it.
Of the acknowledgement Goodall shares, “This recognition from EY is more about our team than about us as individuals. So much of Palmetto Infusion’s success has been due to embracing this concept of ‘we,’ which is the first word in our mission statement. In the face of COVID, our values were put to the test, and we learned a lot about our employees and ourselves. Gary and I couldn’t be more proud of our entire team for rising to the occasion.”
Cooper adds, “Palmetto Infusion and its people are so special, and we are thankful that EY continued its Entrepreneur of the Year program during this unique time in history. The whole process allowed us to reflect on all we’ve conquered while celebrating all the goodness there is to come. Thanks to the team we’ve put in place, I believe that Palmetto Infusion is just getting warmed up.”
Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world, including the likes of TK and TK, whom Cooper and Goodall admire greatly.
Award winners will be announced through a special virtual event in early October and will join a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support for their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience, and ingenuity.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. 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 2021.
Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.
In the Southeast, regional sponsors include Platinum sponsor King & Spalding LLP and Silver sponsors Chatham Financial and Cresa.
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. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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