HSN CEO Mindy Grossman Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of 2011 For Florida

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Florida Award in the Corporate Innovator category for the West Central Florida region, the network said Friday.

According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Grossman was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Thursday.

“Our company was founded at the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurial ingenuity, but never in our history have these business drivers been more relevant than they are today,” Grossman said in a canned statement. “The retail and e-commerce industry is in the midst of a technological revolution, and over the past year we are proud to say that we’ve launched best-in-class initiatives and partnerships that are transforming every aspect of the digital space. All of us at HSNi are honored by this recognition and look forward to continuing to foster a spirit of innovation.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Past award recipients have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshop, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone Inc., Matt Szulik of Red Hat Inc., and last year’s national winner, Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Capital Partners Inc.

As a Florida award recipient, Grossman is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award.

Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 12. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9 to 13.


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