Novus International announced today that Thad Simons, president and chief executive officer, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Bioscience Award in the Central Midwest region.
According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mr. Simons was selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at a gala event at the Overland Park Sheraton on June 2, 2010.
Novus International, based in metropolitan St. Louis, creates science-based health and nutrition solutions for the poultry, swine, dairy, beef, aquaculture, companion animal and human markets. “As a visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Simons has a sincere determination to raise the quality of life for people around the world,” said Sabrena Hamilton, vice president, human resources, Novus International. “Thad is a successful president and CEO whose genuine desire to build a strong organization based on integrity is as inspiring as it is noble”.
Despite economic challenges caused by the global recession, Simons has continued to guide Novus forward, growing the number of employees from 300 to over 800 globally and achieving sales approaching $1 billion. He has expanded Novus’s innovative product portfolio, established new markets and expanded the business into new geographies.
“I am humbled and honored to have received this award,” said Simons. “I am fortunate to have an incredibly talented team whose goal is to provide solutions which positively impact people, animals, business productivity and the environment.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 24th anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
As a Central Midwest award winner, Mr. Simons is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 national program.