Dr. Chris Nelson, chief executive officer, Kemin Industries, Inc, has 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. Nelson was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was presented Thursday, June 4.

“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, Nelson set a new standard for research and development at Kemin. He was named company president in 1999. Kemin Industries Inc. employs nearly 1,000 people and holds over 170 patents.

As a Central Midwest award winner, Nelson is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 national program.  The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award celebrates their 23rd anniversary this year.  The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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